On a mission to find Milwaukee's Best Bloody Mary

You say tomato, I say Bloody Mary.

You say “tomato”, I say “Bloody Mary”

In 1934, a bartender from Paris made his way to New York.  He brought his recipe of tomato juice and vodka, named ‘Bloody Mary” because it reminded him of the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago and a girl named Mary. The New Yorkers added black and cayenne pepper, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce which created an American classic.  In Milwaukee, we take our Bloody Mary’s very seriously.  Every bar has their own twist- different spirits, garnishes, spices…  I’m out to find the best.

Every Sunday, I’ll make my way out to a different spot and rank their Bloody Mary.  This really just gives me an excuse to booze on Sundays.  But, come on, what else do we have to do in this town?

I’ll break each drink into different categories.

Spice: I like spicy.  Each bloody should have spice.  If you don’t like spice, drink a V8.

Garnish: Throw everything at me.  I’m talking olives, mushrooms, cheese, celery, bacon, beef sticks… bring it on.

Size: Self-explanatory

Cost: Was it worth it?


As I go forward with this project, keep one thing in mind: I am not an expert.  I just really like Bloody Mary’s.  I’m on a mission to find the best one.

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This entry was posted on January 23, 2011 by in Bloody Marys in the area.


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