Loaded Bloody Mary
I think my decision to learn to like bloody marys might have started when I was finally old enough to get the joke in Pixar’s “A Bug’s Life,” where the circus mosquito orders a “Bloody Mary, O-Positive” from his bartender.
Over the last few years, I’ve tried to like bloody marys, ordering them occasionally, always trying everyone else’s at my table (sorry guys), but I never found one that I could honestly say I enjoyed drinking.
A few weeks ago Tony and I went to brunch at St James Cheese Company in New Orleans. Not only is their croque madame one of the best I’ve ever had, Tony ordered a Bloody Mary and I ended up drinking almost half of it, it was that good. They use McClure’s Bloody Mix and oh man McClure’s knows what’s up. I had finally discovered what a Bloody Mary could be, and I decided to make one for the blog.
As luck would have it we decided to do the Bloodys on a Sunday and the St James location that carried the mix was closed. So off to the store we went where we purchased the very generic, Zing-Zang brand along with some cheese, pickles, bacon, tomatoes, and shrimp to jazz it up.
We mixed, we stirred, we slurped and critiqued, and finally sat down to the season 7 Game of Thrones with our delicious drinks! Turns out with all the garnishes I’d packed on that was all we needed for dinner which is was alright by me. Cheers to learning to like new things and turning a generic brand into something delicious, although I definitely recommend getting McClure’s mix if you get the chance!