You say tomato, I say Bloody Mary.
It’s not very often I journey to Lake Geneva. In fact, I’ve only been there once before and had a particularly lack-luster bloody which was even too boring to post about. My trip back to the area was exceptionally nice and couldn’t have been on a more beautiful day! One of my very good friends, Michelle, is getting married in September to Nick. We gathered in Fontana for her bridal shower last Sunday afternoon. A few of us got together early to grab a drink before the party started. We met at Gordy’s Boat House Restaurant before heading upstairs for the party. Gordy must be a popular guy in the area as he’s got a boat shop, bait, a deli and a restaurant!
When we sat at the bar and ordered the Bloody Mary bar, the bartender filled our glass with a pretty good amount of vodka and pointed to the build-it-yourself table. Here’s how it went:
Garnish: The options for this were really nice! Let me say, I’ve been to Build-Your-Own bloody bars before that have been bigger. However, I liked this one the best. There were about eight different kinds of olives (jalepeno, garlic, pepper, blue cheese, regular, sardine…). I’ve never seen such a variety offered before! As an olive lover, I was satisfied. There was also every other garnish you could think of: celery, beans, asparagus, baby carrots, tomatos, mushrooms, pickles and of course, lemon and lime. The things that were missing which I’ve been accustomed to in Milwaukee: cheese and beef. But, trust me, I was okay without them! My one grip about the garnish table: it was too small. The actual table was very small and only allowed about 1 person there at a time. Granted, we had three girls trying to squeeze in at the same time (we were excited… and thristy!).
Spice: the mix provided was very, very mellow. I debated if it were just V8 in a colander but I saw a few spices floating around in there. Perhaps they added horseradish to it. Whatever it was, it definitely needed to be spiced up to my liking. Gordy’s had a lot of options for making your bloody very personal. After some worshershire, some jamaican sweet & spicy mix, pepper, garlic, celery salt and hot sauce, I was good to go!
Chaser: We were not presented with a beer chaser.
Buzz: I certainly got a buzz at Gordy’s off of rail vodka. Keepin’ it class, friends!
Cost: The guest of honor stole the bill from us and refused to let us pay! Isn’t that the rudest thing you’ve ever heard?! 😉 If I had to guess, I’d say the price of the Bloody was $6. The price is not listed on their website either.
Overall, if I found myself in Fontana, Wisconsin on a weekend, I’d definitely stop in for a personalized bloody mary! We didn’t eat, but the staff was very friendly and attentive.