Posts Tagged ‘Bloody Mary Mix’

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it is usually hard for me to find time to make Bloody Marys at home, but Ballast Point Brewing is certainly trying to change that!

Ballast Point Bloody Mary Can

 

Known for its craft brew, Ballast Point Brewing out of San Diego, California, also has branched into mixers and spirits.

Its famous Ballast Point Bloody Mary Mix (available in Mild or Spicy)– a signature blend of ripe tomatoes, spicy peppers, exotic spices and amber ale–for example, has been a popular seller.

They’ve since taken their cocktail game one step further, canning the mix along with Fugu Vodka for the quintessential Bloody. Yes, you read that right…. A Bloody Mary in a can!

As the description on their site says, “Like the venomous namesake fish this Fugu Bloody Mary packs a sting. We’ve combined our signature Fugu Vodka with our award-winning Bloody Mary mix, featuring ripe tomatoes, exotic spices and a heavy dose of pepper, to make a spicy cocktail that is dangerously drinkable.”

We had never had the good fortune to try their mix on its own; however, the company was nice enough to send a four-pack of cans our way to for us to taste test.

We were intrigued. One can poured perfectly premixed into a pint glass, along with some ice cubes and we added our own garnishes:

Ballast Point Bloody Mary

While the mix had a nice consistency and the vodka-mix ratio was spot on, the one thing that struck us was how spicy this beverage was. We usually love a kick to our drinks, but this one (not even labeled a spicy variety) was a little tough to take. It left our lips stinging!

 

Still, it’s a taste that we could probably get used to (or maybe water down a bit) and the convenience factor definitely is intriguing to us! Bloodies on the go!

If you find Ballast Point mix, or the Bloodies in cans, we definitely recommend giving it a try!

Cheers!

I recently received a treat from Buffalo Betty’s Bloody Mary Mix, made by Panorama Foods.

Buffalo Betty Bloody Mary Mix

Buffalo Betty’s is, according to their site, “The world’s first buffalo-style bloody mary mix,” and bills the mix as “Mary’s hotter sister.” The mix comes in a 32oz jar for $6.99 and it is gluten-free.

I used this mix for Bloody Marys on Christmas morning:

Buffalo Betty

To keep the sample pure, we just used regular vodka and did not add any spices or fixin’s. It tasted very fresh and definitely had the distinct buffalo style taste from the Wing-Time Buffalo Spices it is made with.

I didn’t feel the need to add anything to the mix—it was perfect.

If you like buffalo wings, you will LOVE Buffalo Betty’s. Give this mix a try when you find it in your local store!

 

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it is usually hard for me to find time to make Bloody Marys at home, and I owe George’s Mixes a big apology for the delay in this review.

 

The Maryland-based company sent us a Spicy and Mild mix to try awhile back and we finally got a chance to “Taste the Chesapeake” as the brand implores. According to their website, George’s Mixes was born in a small bar in Annapolis and cultivated over the years on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

This mix had a great consistency (I like my mix to be a little thicker) and while we really didn’t find this to be spicy in a hot sense (we tested the mild first), you can definitely taste the spices in the mix, especially the horseradish and celery salt. It also had a slightly “fish”y taste that did indeed evoke Maryland to me.

The same day, we happened to be making chili and added the mix to our batch to give it a little something special…delicious!

George's Bloody Mary Mix

If you find George’s Bloody Mary mix, we definitely recommend testing it out for yourself! You can also purchase it directly on their website.

We are definitely not the first to cook with George’s and we most certainly won’t be the last. On their site, you’ll also find tons of recipes–including one for chili–that incorporate the mix.

Cheers!

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it is usually hard for me to find time to make Bloody Marys at home, but when I found this jar of McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix at World Market, I couldn’t resist.

I had heard rave reviews from friends about McClure’s, such as “You can’t even taste the vodka” and “best Bloody Mary mix ever,” plus, they also make the Bloody Mary Potato Chips, so I was eager to test it out for myself.

I broke out this mix for a special occasion: Easter Sunday with the family.

To keep the test pure, I sampled the mix with an unflavored Skyy vokda. I did not add any spices, but I topped the drink with olives, celery and cheese.

McClures Bloody Mary Mix

This mix had a great consistency (I like my mix to be a little thicker). Although the jar was labeled “spicy,” I really didn’t find this to be spicy in a hot sense, but you can definitely taste the spices in the mix. My dad thought it was a peppery taste, while I tasted more pickle juice. Whatever the case, I couldn’t taste the vodka, just as my friend had warned me. This went down easy and was quite good.

The only problem for me personally is the size of the jar, I was able to make just three Bloody Marys from this jar.

Cheers!

Did you know that January 1 is National Bloody Mary Day? Makes sense on many levels–deal with the hangover from New Year’s Eve, start the new year off on the right foot with the best drink ever concocted, etc.

Well, this year, we were lucky enough to receive a care package from V8, containing their Bloody Mary Mix, Svedka Citrus Vodka, a pint glass and a mixer, to help celebrate the ocassion.

v8

 

We will admit that we have not yet tried these items, but we’re looking forward to doing so in the not too distant future.

Here at Out For Bloodies, we hope all of you had a safe and wonderful holiday season and we wish you the best for 2015.

Cheers!

Thanks to Salvy Sousa for sending me two bottles of Bloody Mary mix to review!

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it’s been a while since I made them at home; however, I recently “forced” myself to make a Bloody Mary at home.

To keep the test pure, I sampled Salvy Sousa mixed with an unflavored Skyy Vodka and added olives, smoked mozzarella string cheese, and a beef stick.

 

Salvy 1 Salvy 2

 

According to their website, Salvy Sousa was started by Salvador Bianchine, the owner’s Italian grandfather who was a butcher in a family market in Tarrytown, New York. His final resting place is in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery from the famed Washington Irving tale of the Headless Horseman. He was married to their dear Portuguese grandmother Loudwina Sousa. Between the two of them, these recipes and more were concocted and passed through the family. Salvy Sousa was  the brand “created to honor [this] family and their concoctions. Salvy Sousa has become larger than life. He loves fast cars and spunky women and loves to cook on his big ass grill. He is ornery, and in your face, and you will love every bit of him!”

And, their Bloody Mary mix isn’t just for drinking: “The Bloody Bull will give a kick of awesomeness to your chili, soups, red sauces, etc.!” 

You can buy Salvy Sousa online for $12/bottle.

The verdict: I LOVED this mix, but then again, I love all types of condiments, like ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce… and this mix definitely tasted more like a condiment than a Bloody Mary mix. It was extremely thick (that just means you have to use extra vodka to thin it out!) and very tangy. Like other thick mixes, this is probably going to be polarizing for some people, but it definitely appealed to me. AND I definitely want to try making some sort of Bloody Mary chili with this product next… I will keep you posted!

Thanks again to the good folks at Salvy Sousa for the samples!

Cheers!

 

Thanks to Ubon’s Barbeque for sending me two bottles of Bloody Mary mix to review!

Ubons

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it’s been a while since I made them at home; however, I hosted family and friends for the Super Bowl this past weekend and put it to the test, along with another mix I reviewed in a separate post. Read on.

To keep the test pure, I sampled Ubon’s BBQ mixed with an unflavored Skyy Vodka and added Celery, Olives, Cheese, Asparagus, Lemon & Lime, and a Shrimp as fixin’s.

According to their website, the Ubon’s BBQ Bloody Mary Mix concept was first developed by Legendary PitMaster Garry Roark, in Yazoo City, MS, approximately 20+ years ago as a way for Garry to extend hospitality to  BBQ Friends & Family at BBQ competitions & events. Over the years, it has become somewhat of an institution and based on overwhelming support from its devotees, UBONS has recently decided to bring this product to the marketplace.

Ubon’s is available in regular and “hot n’ spicy” varieties and is sold online in 2- and 6-packs of their 1 Liter 36-oz glass bottles. According to the site, it is all natural, gluten-free and fat free. “The UBONS BBQ Bloody Mary mix incorporates traditional bloody mary flavors with bits of garlic & onion flake, celery seed, cayenne and flavors of our 5th generation, World Championship UBONS Sauce, which is a Memphis style, and, of course, the flavors of fresh dill pickles. With all of these wonderfully complimentary ingredients, UBONS BBQ Bloody Mary Mix has a complex flavor profile that evolves with each sip from Sweet-2-Heat.”

The verdict: I LOVED this mix, but then again, I love all types of condiments, like ketchup, mustard and BBQ sauce… and this mix definitely tasted like BBQ sauce. It was extremely thick (that just means you have to use extra vodka to thin it out!) and very sweet. It is probably going to be polarizing for some people, but it definitely appealed to me.

Other folks’ comments:

“I was surprised how much the BBQ flavor came through…  If was going to have a full-fledged BBQ Mary, then I’d use that mix. But if you’re looking for more of a traditional bloody Mary, it may be too strong.”

“To sweet and thick for my taste.”

Thanks again to the good folks at Ubon’s BBQ for the samples!

Cheers!

Thanks to Camaronazo for sending me two bottles of Bloody Mary mix to review!

Between going “out for bloodies” and my travel schedule, it’s been a while since I made them at home; however, I hosted family and friends for the Super Bowl this past weekend and put it to the test, along with another mix I reviewed in a separate post. Read on.

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There are many tomato juice-clam cocktails in the market but Camaronazo, according to its website, is “a unique, first of its kind, shrimp tomato juice which caters to our consumer’s taste preference for shrimp (“camaron”) over clam.”

Growing in popularity in both the U.S. and Latin America (the brand says it is becoming a leader among Hispanic consumers), Camaronazo can be enjoyed on its own, or used as a food base complement in many Hispanic dishes, such as shrimp cocktails, ceviche and micheladas.

The mix is offered in 3 sizes – 64oz, 32oz and 16.1 oz – and two flavors – regular and spicy.

At this particular party, we only tried the regular mix.

To keep the test pure, I sampled Camaronazo mixed with an unflavored Skyy Vodka and added Celery, Olives, Cheese, Lemon & Lime, and a Shrimp (naturally) as fixin’s.

The verdict: The overall flavor of this mix was very good and extremely fresh… however, we agreed that we really could not detect a shrimp flavor and that there really wasn’t a hint of seafood-ness about it.

Perhaps the spicy mix will fare differently? Only time will tell–we’ll be sure to follow up and let you know.

Thanks again to the good folks at Camaronazo for the samples!

Cheers!

I recently tried Durty Gurl Bloody Mary Mix and made myself a Bloody Mary using the mix, along with Skyy Vodka and my own fixin’s.

This company offers a complete line of cocktail mixers and garnishes, from cherries and to onions and Bloody Mary to Margarita mix, they’ve thought of everything.

The Bloody Mary Mix in particular comes in Classic, Spicy and Habanero & Horseradish Varieties. I tried the Classic and while it was no means bad in any way, I wasn’t wowed either; perhaps one of the others might have put a little more pep in my step?

While this particular variety wasn’t a standout, their website is worth checking out—they’ve got some pretty cool stuff, including the Olive of the Month Club.

I recently received a treat from Vintage Vine Mix, a company out of Chicago, IL. 

The mix comes in a 32oz jar for $8 and is gluten-free. The story on the website states that “Two college friends set out to create the perfect Bloody Mary and Vintage Vine was born.”

I used this mix for Bloody Marys on Christmas morning:

It tasted very fresh with just a hint of spice. I didn’t feel the need to add anything to the mix—it was perfect.

Vintage Vine has been involved in many Chicagoland events, from Lollapalooza to other Bloody Mary festivals and it’s easy to see why. If you have the chance, check them out!