On a mission to find Milwaukee's Best Bloody Mary

You say tomato, I say Bloody Mary.

Smoke Shack | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Smoke Shack has been open for a few years, over on 332 N Milwaukee Street.  I’ve been hoping to go for a while as I do love a good BBQ.  When the chance to go for brunch came up with friends, I couldn’t resist.  Looking at their menu, I realized they have a “house bloody” and a Bloody Jack made with Jack Daniels… fitting for a BBQ place, right?  This time around, I opted for the ol’ stand-by but will certainly get the Bloody Jack next time.

Smoke Shack

Here’s what I thought:

Mix: Across the board, this is a fantastic Bloody Mary.  Created by the owners of AJ Bombers (and other locations in the Milwaukee area) I wasn’t sure if it would be identical to AJ Bombers.  To be totally honest, I’d have to do a side-by-side taste test with AJ’s to make sure they’re not the same.  What I do know is that I really like AJ Bombers Bloody.  If they are the same mix, that makes sense… why change a good thing?  The mix has such a great flavor.  It’s a little spicy, a tad watery and a lot tasty.  The mix didn’t give away distinctive spices but we all agreed on mustard – which I’m a huge fan of.   I definitely recommend the Bloody Mary if you stop in.

Garnish:  The garnish was super simple, but super good.  They had a pickled cucumber (where do we call it a pickle..?) that was SO good.  Honestly, we discussed asking the server for more.  I noticed that they pulled them out of mason jars as they were crafting the swizzle sticks so I assume they’re homemade.  This also came with a block of cheese and a small slice of beef stick.  Oh, and don’t forget that lemon and lime!

Chaser:  This did not come with a chaser.

Buzz: I think I’m growing my tolerance, guys.  After scarfing down a plate of sweet potato pancakes, I didn’t catch the slightest buzz from this Bloody Mary.  Guess I just have to start ordering two! 😉

Cost: Sadly, I forgot to look at the price when our bill came around.  The Bloody Jack is listed at $8.50 on the menu (regular isn’t listed).   Knowing this, I think it’s safe to assume the regular is $8.  Regardless of price, I think it’s well worth it.

I’d really like to get back to Smoke Shack soon to try their BBQ.  Close to our home is Milwaukee Smoke BBQ, which I highly recommend.  My dad ingrained a never-ending quest for the best ribs.  Smoke Shack fare runs out fast, though!  For dinner hours, it’s basically first-come first-serve with the meat selections.  I hope to try it soon!

One comment on “Smoke Shack | Milwaukee, Wisconsin

  1. bloodybest
    February 9, 2014

    Growing more and more fonder of bloodies made with bourbon. Garnish looks impressive as well. Cheers!

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