We’re mimosa gals, predictably. Bubbly, bright, sweet and fun, mimosas are the cocktail of choice for the Bitches. Pop, fizz, clink, bring on the bubbly.
But, through our travails, we’ve both acquired a unique appreciation for the Bloody Mary. For starters, a Bloody Mary is a matter of personal preference. The base (home-made, store-bought, or at your favorite brunch spot). The cup (Mason jar, tumbler, or tall boy). The spice level. The rim (salt, spice, Old Bay, or plain). The accoutrements (celery, shrimp, lemons, limes, bacon, olives, and more, oh my). There are seemingly endless options.
Once, we Bitches had to sample no less than a dozen Bloodys and rate accordingly. Who knew there were so many varietals? We certainly didn’t.
The Bloody Mary connoisseur likes his or hers prepared in a certain fashion and expects it to be done just so.
As for me, I like my Bloody Marys like I like my men: strong, hot, and smooth. Ideally, Southern—served in a mason jar with an Old Bay rim.
It’s in this vein that we’re giving away the hyper-masculine Bakon Vodka to our carnivorous Bloody Mary-guzzling Bitches and Bros Who Brunch.
The gents at Black Rocks Spirits have provided us with a recipe for their ideal Bloody, and here it is.
The Bakon Mary
– Fill a highball glass with ice
– Pour in 1 1/2 oz Bakon vodka.
– Fill glass with tomato juice
– Add 1 ash celery salt, black pepper, lemon juice and tabasco
– Add 2-4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce
– Garnish with a celery stalk and pickled vegetables.
The Bakon vodka comes decorated: a 93 points tasting average and won four awards from the Beverage Tasting Institute.
Also from Black Rock Spirits is the brand-new Sparkle Donkey tequila, which is also the new house liquor at Casita de Cori Sue. Sparkle Donkey serves up two kinds of tequila, the Sparkle Donkey Silver and the Sparkle Donkey Reposado. Both are made of 100% agave tequila. It’s a highland-lowland blend, with 50% of the agave piñas coming from the lowland area in the town around Tequila, and 50 percent coming from the highland Los Altos region.
From experience, I can say that the tequila is smooth and sweet—and goes down easy—just like it says it will. I’ll sparkle with donkeys anytime.
Now, for the giveaway. We’re giving away a box with a full bottle of Bakon vodka along with Bloody Mary making essentials (spices and tomato juice), for one reader to sample. To enter:
2. Like both on Facebook, and leave a comment below.
3. Tell us your name and favorite way to have a Bloody Mary in the comments below.
We’ll pick a winner next Friday, drop you an e-mail, and mail you a box so you can whip up the perfect Bloody Mary of your choosing.