March 2, 2021

Bloody Mary Guide

A few years back, in the before times, I was a judge of the best Bloody Mary’s at the Bloody Mary Fest that happened at Union Depot. It was super fun to be able to taste all the local Bloody Mary’s from different restaurants and bars while tasting the nuances in the mixes.

Restaurant Winners from that year were:

Bloody Mary Mixes that were recognized were:

This brings us back to the Pandemic. It is hard to gather thousands of Bloody Mary enthusiasts at Union Depot for a sampling event but our Bloody Mary Fest organizers were not deterred. They assembled a sampler pack of Bloody Mary mixes from all over the country and are holding a virtual Bloody Mary tasting on March 20, 2021, at 12 pm central time. When you purchase an $89 ticket you will get a Bloody Mary sampler box and for 90 minutes, you’ll drink & enjoy bloody marys with fellow Bloody Mary lovers from around the country in a Zoom environment where you get to hear the makers stories.

In your box, you will get 6 mixes, salt for your glass rims, a tote bag, and meat sticks. You will sample bloody mixes from the following folks:

Brewt’s Bloody Mary– Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Heavy locally made Worcestershire for lots of Umami
  • Launched in 2015 by Emily Griffen and named after her dog, Brewtus

Backpocket Provisions– Richmond, Virginia

  • Sources “ugly tomato and fruits and vegetables” from local growers helping farmers reduce waste and increase profitability

Devil Dave’s Bloody Mary Seasonings– Rehoboth, Delaware

  • Family-owned from a Rehoboth Beach store in Deleware – these are dry mix seasonings
  •  all ingredients have been either dehydrated, milled, or granulated

Toma Bloody Mary– New Rochelle, New York

  • The Foodies Bloody mix – a base mix of homemade sriracha and chipotle tomatillo and has won awards throughout the East coast

Pittsburgh Pickle Company– Verona, Pennsylvania 

  • Pickle brine bloody mary mix infused with the brine from Pittsburgh pickle company

Nan’s Naughty and Nice– Wisconsin

  • From Hudson Wisconsin and brought to market by Nan’s daughter Peggy, Nans is a Premium non-alcoholic bottled bloody Mary mix made with all-natural ingredients. Gluten-Free, vegan, and no MSG or High Fructose Corn Syrup

I really enjoy hearing stories about local makers. I have participated in a few virtual tastings and they are fun and I love Bloody Mary’s so if you are looking for something fun to do make sure to get your virtual ticket by Friday, March 5th as they are likely to sell out. You can sign up for advance ticket notification for this falls Bloody Mary Fest when it is expected to come back to the Union Depot in St Paul on October 2, 2021

Bloody Mary Mixes

Best Twin Cities Bloody Marys

In 2018, I was a judge of the best Bloody Mary mix at the Bloody Mary Fest that happened at Union Depot.  It was super fun to be able to taste all the local Bloody Mary’s from different restaurants and bars while tasting the nuances in the mixes.

Mixes that were recognized that year were:

 Spooky Craft Cocktails

 Fast Mary’s

Sportsman’s Redneck Juice

Lovejoy’s Bloody Mary Mix

There are many delicious Bloody Mary mixes and Fixin’s in the Twin Cities, and since we are showcasing some national folks at the Bloody Mary Fest “Virtual.” edition, I didn’t want to leave out our local Makers of Minnesota.

Fast Mary (Winner in 2018 Bloody Mary Fest)

The idea behind Fast Mary’s Bloody Mary Enhancer came from the owner, Wendi, a chemist, who developed the product while working as a bartender in Wisconsin. With ten people deep on a given Saturday morning at the bar, she wanted a mix of seasonings that could simply be added to a tomato base (tomato juice, V8, Clamato, etc.) to make the perfect Bloody Mary, a little at a time. Fast Mary’sBloody Mary Enhancer is a dill-inspired, craft blend of seasonings enjoyed in a Bloody Mary. Fast Mary’s contains no MSG, gluten-free, and naturally-vegan.  

Lovejoy’s Bloody Mary Mix (Winner in 2018 Bloody Mary Fest)

 Lovejoy’s products are handmade by the twenty-year veteran bartender, Charles Lovejoy, who worked at the Happy Gnome for years and is now tending the Sunday brunch bar at St Paul’s Holman’s Table. Lovejoy’s Bloody Mary Mix is painstakingly crafted into a full-flavored balanced beverage with locally grown tomatoes and peppers. Look for Lovejoy’s special edition Thai Basil Bloody mix on their website. Charle’s is a beautiful guy. For each combination, you buy his company donates money to support nonprofit organizations on the frontlines of caring for at-risk youth and unhoused people. Don’t miss Lovejoy’s Burn Yo Face-Off Hot Sauce. It’s sweet, fruity, spicy, and is the perfect Mix for folks like a spicier Bloody Mary.

Watch Charles Mix Up a Bloody Mary here with ingredients from his mom’s garden. 

Drakes Organic Bloody Mary Mix

This mix is made by Drakes Organic Spirits, the largest capacity organic alcohol company in the United States and the first to achieve all five certifications: USDA Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Kosher. Their Organic Bloody Mary mix is sold as a companion for their Vodka. This mix is bright, fruity, and not too think and makes for an excellent all-around combination that will please almost all Bloody Mary fans.

Here’s The Deal Spice Company Essential Bloody Mary Seasoning

Here’s the Deal Spice Company was started by a local couple who gave a homemade spice blend, their 127 Mix, as their wedding favor, and people loved it so much they started a company. Nicole and Tom Dokman have made an essential Bloody Mary Rim Seasoning Mix that will provide the perfect accompaniment to your favorite Mix.

Craft and Vine Picklery Hot Habanero Pickles:

These cold-packed Habanero pickles have Habanero peppers that add the spicy kick to this classic dill pickle. Packed with a mixture of both spears and chips and having notes of citrus, garlic, and spice, these are the perfect pickle Made in Minnesota for the Bloody Mary. You can find these pickles at Lunds Byerlys and Kowalski’s Markets, and HyVee- they are worth seeking out.