Posts Tagged ‘bloody Mary’

Last week, I was honored to be hosted for a round of golf at Tuckaway Country Club in Franklin, Wisconsin. We had a great time playing and carried the conversation over to the lovely patio for a couple of post-round beverages.

It’s not every day you get to visit a private country club and play their course and try their Bloody Mary, so we made sure to grab one to review.

Spice & Mix: Zing Zang as a base, doctored up by the bartender

Fixin’s: Pickle and Olive

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $Unknown

While there was nothing unique about these bloodies, like airports, there is just something about bloodies on the golf course that hit different. As such, these bloodies were very tasty and went down easily.

We recently visited Eldr + Rime located in the Renaissance Hotel near Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. On Saturdays and Sundays, they offer a fabulous brunch from 9am-2pm, which includes Bloody Mary as well as other libation specials.

We’re assuming you’re here to read about the Bloody Mary, so here are the two options they offer:

  • SIGNATURE BLOODY MARY house blend of bloody mary mix, vodka, snacks, spotted cow chaser $12
  • ROYAL BLOODY MARY house blended bloody mary mix, grilled shrimp, shucked oyster chaser $20

As usual, we felt somewhat obligated to order and review the most special Bloody Mary on the menu, so of course we ordered the Royal. Here are the stats:

Spice & Mix: Perfect amount of spice, house mix. You can see per the photo, there is a lot of horseradish.

Fixin’s: beef stick, pickles, cheese curd, pepper, sweet potato chips, lime, three grilled shrimp & two oysters

Chaser: Yes-Spotted Cow

Price: $20

Okay, so I know what you’re thinking $20 might be a little much for a beverage; however, we’ve had Bloodies that have cost more in the past and this is actually pretty “reasonable” considering all of the “snacks” (we like how they used that term on the menu!) you get with it and the fact that it’s essentially a hotel restaurant where you usually expect higher prices.

As we’ve noted in past reviews, oysters and seafood in general really tend to pair well with Bloody Marys, so this was a tasty combination. If you don’t like seafood, are ordering a larger meal with your beverage or aren’t particularly hungry when you come here, I would suggest saving the $8 and going for the Signature Bloody Mary, but this is definitely a showpiece and delicious as a splurge.

We also got a little FOMO from the food we saw being delivered to patrons around us. This stop was a spur of the moment type thing and we had already had breakfast a few hours earlier so this was purely a Bloody Mary experience. However, next time we come back, we’ll definitely plan to check out the brunch menu! At the very least, we’d order the Royal Bloody again and get one of the amazing looking cinnamon rolls to share on the side!

Again, forgive our batch posts of bloodies here, but summer has been flying by and we’re behind on our reviews! We’ve been so busy having fun it’s been hard to find the time to sit down and bang these out, but finally, here we are.

Earlier this summer, we went to see Jack Johnson perform at Northerly Island in Chicago. It was a fun getaway and, before we hopped the train back to Wisconsin the next morning, we popped over to Honey Berry Cafe for brunch.

Spice & Mix: Perfect amount of spice, their own signature mix and Skyy Vodka

Fixin’s: Bacon, Cheese Cubes, Pickles, Olives, Spicy Rim

Chaser: None Offered

Price: $11

This breakfast was phenomenal. The meal portions were large and prices (especially for Chicago) were more than reasonable. We ordered the amazing “Back to Bed” Sandwich, which included two eggs over easy, ham, sausage, bacon, and cheddar cheese, drizzled with maple syrup and served on French Toast as the bun… then they said we could pick our sides… so choice of hash browns or Fruit and Toast… AND pancakes. You could upgrade to specialty pancakes for a small upcharge as well.

This turned out to be the perfect solution for someone like me who can’t make a decision and has food fomo when ordering… here was an option that included pretty much every breakfast food you could think of in some form… and we were NOT disappointed.

Seeing as we had just seen Jack Johnson, I had to order the Banana Pancakes as my side (IYKYK). They actually had three varieties of banana pancakes alone, so I went with the Chocolate Chip ones. Again delicious, like everything else.

In my research for the post, I was stunned to find out there is a Honey Berry in Wisconsin. I had no idea; I can’t wait to go back here next time I am craving a breakfast spot.

Yay! Another decent Bloody Mary spot in the Milwaukee area! We were out for a stroll one Saturday morning down North Avenue in Wauwatosa and decided to pop into Drunken Cobra to grab a bite and a beverage.

This is a bar and grill from the same owner of one of our favorite former Bloody Mary places, Red Dot (RIP!), so fingers crossed this one would be good too.

Spice & Mix: Perfect amount of spice, mix unknown. You can see per the photo, there is a lot of horseradish.

Fixin’s: Beef Stick, Pickle, Cheese, Olive, Celery

Chaser: Yes!

Price: $9 (per their website; we forgot to take note when we were there)

The verdict? This was a very good bloody, although not as good as Red Dot’s. Red Dot’s had infused vodka, which made all the difference in the world (so if you’re reading this Drunken Cobra, maybe just a suggestion?).

The food there is also good (again, Red Dot’s was better, but that’s just our opinion).

Earlier this summer, we were honored to be hosted for a round of golf at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. It was a hot day spent on the links and the cold bloody on the patio afterwards was oh-so-refreshing.

Spice & Mix: Perfect amount of spice, mix unknown.

Fixin’s: Beef Stick, Lemon, Lime and Olive

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $Unknown

Blue Mound is a private club, so it will be hard to get another one of these, but if I have the chance again, I will jump at it! And, if you ever find yourself as lucky as I was to be on this course, be sure to stop at the 19th hole for one of these!

Later post! Totally forgot to post this Bloody from Another Broken Egg Cafe in Tampa, Florida.

We were here shortly before the holidays and I guess this post got lost in the shuffle… this restaurant was delicious! We got the seasonal Gingerbread pancakes with eggnog whipped cream and we can still taste it when we close our eyes.

They also had four different bloodies on the menu. We went with the basic Tito’s Mary and it was anything but.

Spice & Mix: The descriptions on the menu don’t really do these things justice. We don’t remember this having too little or too much spice, so it was probably just right.

Fixin’s: Lime, Olive, Carrot, Okra, Celery and Bacon. Yum!

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $10.99

We found out this is a chain restaurant, but it was very good and we highly recommend this breakfast spot if there’s one near you!

I had been to all of the other Lowlands Group restaurants for brunch and bloodies and they were all very good, but had yet to try the relatively new Buckatabon in Wauwatosa. As you may have noticed, our going “out for bloodies” has slowed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of travel/new places to try.

Thus, we were excited to put ourselves back out there with the Buckatabon Bloody

Spice & Mix: “Vodka, bloody mary mix, celery juice, dill pickle, mushroom, olives, celery, topped with Frank’s Secret Shake Seasoning” says the menu. This was not overly spicy.

Fixin’s: Pickle, Mushroom and Olive were present. We didn’t get celery or notice any Frank’s.

Chaser: Yes, your choice

Price: $9.5

Even though the bloody we received didn’t quite match the description on the menu, like all the others at Cafe Hollander (right next door), Cafe Benelux, etc. was very tasty.

They also had a special “Smug Clam” Bloody on the menu that we’ll have to try next time:

We also had the avocado toast, which was a little rich/saucy for our taste, but very good nonetheless. It’s always nice to have more bloody mary options in town!

Next stop in Florida? Farlow’s on the Water for a Jamaican Jerk Bloody Mary.

Spice & Mix: “A unique blend of Absolut® Lime & Peppar combined with organic Bloody Mary mix served in a hurricane glass rimmed with our Jamaican Jerk seasoning.”

Fixin’s: Lemon, Olive, Jalapeno, Celery

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $10.50

This restaurant is very good; we dined here twice during our week-long stay. Excellent seafood and an extensive food and beverage menu. This bloody, however, is not one of the better things on the menu. We tried a couple other cocktails that we enjoyed much more. There is nothing special about the bloody and even with the jalapeno and seasoning, this drink didn’t have a lot of heat. Save the calories and the alcohol for another specialty beverage instead!

From Up North, we headed down south as our travels next took us to Englewood, Florida. No less than four days after we had our first wine-based Bloody Mary, we were invited to visit the Blue Pineapple Bistro where all of their bloodies are made with a wine-based alcohol! Seriously, what are the chances?

Blue Pineapple has multiple bloodies on its menu which double as entire meals. Choose from cheeseburgers, grilled cheese, crab, antipasto and more:

And, although they each retail for $20, consider it your lunch/dinner and a drink. We made the mistake of also ordering

Spice & Mix: House mix with a wine-based alcohol

Fixin’s: SO MANY. They vary by the type you order. See photos above!

Chaser: None offered.

Price: $20

We decided to go with the cheese burger slider bloody and were not disappointed. Bacon, sliders, onion rings, pickles and more topped this delicious beverage and, again, you couldn’t tell that the drink was made with wine instead of vodka. The drink was super smooth and delicious.

The atmosphere here was also great. We sat on the patio in the sunshine and listed to live music by an acoustic guitarist while we dined.

This place is a must-go if you’re anywhere within 20 minutes of Englewood. Add it to your list and come hungry!

Our next stop in Hayward was Out of the Woods Winery, so we really weren’t expecting to find a bloody mary on their menu…much less a wine-based bloody!

Their “Wine Bloody Marie” intrigued us so we had to try it. We were looking forward to sampling their wines, so we just chose the bloody as one of our three tastings.

Spice & Mix: Miss Mary’s Bloody Mary Mix with a Spanish Red Wine

Fixins: Pickle, Cheese, Olive

Chaser: None offered

Price: We chose this as one of our tastings (3 for $12, plus you get to keep the glass)

In all our years sampling bloodies, we’ve never had one made with wine, so we had to sample this one! Honestly, you really couldn’t tell the difference at all. We were shocked.

There was nothing wrong with this bloody and we encourage you to be open minded when sampling a Bloody Mary made with other alcohols than vodka (e.g. gin, tequila, etc.); however, this establishment does have several great wines worth tasting, so don’t go out of your way to get the Bloody Marie here. It’s just good to know it’s an option and that it is tasty.