Posts Tagged ‘Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws’

Last year, I reviewed Miller Park’s Bloody Mary for the blog I co-author as part of my day job: John and Cait…Plus 9 and this year, I was really excited to note that Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws have been added to the roster of fixin’s for the standard bloodies! Click here for the updated review.

There is also a “U-Skew” station (aka build-your-own Bloody Mary bar) on the Club Level at Miller Park. On Sundays, you can find this station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. They are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more! Here’s a peek at the bloody I made last week:

Whether you go U-Skew or standard, you can’t go wrong with a Miller Park Bloody Mary. And I’m not just saying that because I work there.


The Bloody Best, The Nook, Atlanta

Between Christmas and New Year’s, I went on a roadtrip to Atlanta, Georgia. While there, I had the opportunity to sample Bloody Marys from three different establishments.

The first was from The Nook. If you’ll recall, a few weeks ago, I posted a link to what I am calling my “Bloody Mary Bucket List,” a list first published by I have had the three bloodies from Wisconsin on the list and I made sure to take note of the Nook’s for my impending trip.

Thus, I stopped in to the restaurant on Piedmont Park last Saturday afternoon. I had heard that the Bloody, called the Bloody Best, was outrageous, but I wasn’t quite prepared for it’s size—it is 32 OUNCES of beverage…and breakfast … and has been featured on the Today Show and Huffington Post.

From The Nook: “The Bloody Best boasts 32 ounces of awesomeness with Absolut Peppar vodka, our amazing bloody mary mix, a skewer of tots and steak, a skewer of blue cheese stuffed olives and pepperoncinis, a piece of bacon (of course), a hard boiled egg, piece of toast, and a beef straw (not kidding)!”

Of course, the straw is referring to one of Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws, that you heard about here a couple of months ago.

At 32 ounces (6 ounces of which are Vodka) and $18, this is a Bloody built for two (yes, I ended up sharing). The flavor was great (a little spicy with that Peppar!) and the fixin’s were crazy-good (no chaser though).

This would not be my every Sunday Bloody, but if you’re ever in the area, definitely suggest try out the Nook. Was too full to eat there, but did get a side of their famous Totchos. Yes, that’s right—Nachos made of Tater Tots in a variety of styles. You have to taste ‘em to believe me; they’re grr-eat!

Stay tuned for more reviews from the ATL.


Here’s a guest post from my friend, Reba, who also tried Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws from her hometown in Minnesota:

My good friend Caitlin and I share this passion for a beverage called a Bloody Mary. This blog she writes is amazing and make me miss the brief couple years I lived in Milwaukee and could get a great Bloody Mary. I am a true Minnesotan at heart and Caitlin is a true Wisconsinite; although we may have a border battle about some things, the one thing we can agree on is a little garnish that should go in every Bloody Mary: a Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straw.

My motto for going out to eat is simple, no point in ordering an appetizer when you can get a feast in a cup…AKA a Bloody Mary. Simply put, I love them! I have had everything as a garnish in a Bloody Mary from bacon to shrimp to various veggies and all types of cheeses. However, I have yet to experience the joy of a beef stick that also serves a purpose as a straw.  Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straw goes with a Bloody Mary like meatballs go to spaghetti! Seriously, we should all take a moment and go ‘why didn’t I think of that?’, but thank goodness Ben did (see Caitlin’s post earlier about the history of this modern delectable treat). 

I decided not to hog these straws to myself and shared them with my parents this weekend. I made the Bloodies and my mom gave me that look mom’s give when they question your judgment. She tried it and went (use your most offensive MN accent) ‘oooohhh-my-gawd, this is good!’  She then proceeded to forget about the beverage and eat the straw.

Ben I applaud you, the straws are sturdy enough to use as a straw, not offensive with overpowering the Bloody with the beef stick taste, and most of all, delicious! I encourage all bars that want to buy locally in the Midwest to call this guy up and buy these for your bar; your patrons will love you!

If you are anything like my mom and I, the only problem you will have with the beef straw is that it might not make it to the end of your drink, but I guess that is a problem worth having!

Thanks Ben, you have won me over!

Reba (@RebaMN)

Last weekend, when I was shopping at Ray’s Wine & Spirits, I came across Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws. Yes, that’s right, a beef stick hollowed out into a glass-to-mouth transportation device. The straws retail for $7.99/package of 5 at Ray’s; you can also buy them online via the company’s website.

I tweeted about the straws and the next thing I knew, two packages arrived from Benny (Ben Hirko) himself.

A little background on the origin of this genius product, from Benny, via the company’s website:

During my 15+ years in the restaurant/bar business I’ve always loved trying new things to make people smile. One evening while bartending I was chatting with 2 customers. They had brought beef snack sticks with them to enjoy while having a couple of beers. Always hungry, I asked for one. While snacking on the stick, I thought to myself these would taste fantastic in a bloody mary! I began thinking of the best way to use it, and immediately thought it should be a straw instead of just a stick. As a straw, the bloody mary would be able to soak into the beef and be a juicy snack all the way through. Armed with this new idea, I started making them at home for my friends and family. Everyone loved them, and after some research I thought I should make these available for everyone. I hope my idea can add a bit of fun, and great taste to your bloody marys for years to come.

After receiving the straws, I was anxious to make myself a bloody. I finally had the chance yesterday, then sat down to enjoy.

It took me back to the days of my youth, using a Twizzlers to drink soda and add a bit of cherry flavor. In a more grown-up version, Benny’s straws absorbed the Bloody Mary goodness from the inside out as well as the outside in.

My friend Reba did the same. “I’m afraid the straw won’t make it through the entire drink, #yummy,” Reba tweeted.

I had to agree. I can’t believe that it’s taken so long for me to cross paths with this awesome product; bars everywhere should be snapping up these straws!

Thanks, Benny!