Last week some friends and I ditched “regular life” and took the ferry to Port Townsend on the Olympic peninsula. Like a similar jaunt last summer, we had no particular plan: Some browsing, some eating and drinking, some laughs. Our fond memories of playing cards while sipping outstanding Bloody Marys led us to our favorite “dive” tavern, the Water Street Brewing & Ale House. But, to our dismay it was CLOSED! The pull-out-the-taps, remove-the-barstools (but not the funky murals) type of closed. Sigh.
Last summer I had talked up those Bloody Marys to my husband and he had countered by saying that the “bloodies” at Washington National Golf Course in Auburn were the best he’d had. So we agreed on a Bloody Mary Smackdown with the goal of sampling multiple recipes until we found our favorite. Now, making a Bloody Mary is an awful lot like cooking to me – so many ingredients! – but I was game. Fortunately, a few trials into the smackdown our friend, Mason (formerly a liquor distributor), saved us by recommending Demitri’s Bloody Mary mix. Whew.
Demiti’s has kindly bottled up the right proportion of spices for a great drink. In fact, it’s good enough that I admit to making them without vodka when I want to squeeze in a serving of veggies (bonus fact: I just learned that the virgin version is called a Bloody Shame!). Another plus is that it is a Seattle company, although its products are available in grocery stores all over. No, they aren’t sponsoring or in any way compensating me (darn it). I just figure that with fall approaching you might need a Bloody Mary as fortification before – or during – that big football game. Or, like me, before watching little kids kick each others’ shins at soccer games. Go Comets!
Bloody Mary or Bloody Shame? I'll never tell.
Super-Easy Bloody Mary
1 ½ oz vodka
6 oz tomato juice
A few dashes of Dimitri’s Bloody Mary mix (to taste)
Stir together in a highball glass and add condiments as desired. Salt or spiced rim is also a welcome touch. The spicy chipotle rim salt in the photo was provided by my friend Dee.
Now I need to hunt down some of those pepperoni sticks and fiery green beans like the Water Street Brewery used…