Bloody Mary at INdustri Cafe.
favors Jim Roeglin’s dynamitely delightful Jimmy Luv’s Bloody Mary
mix or a concoction from star mixologist Jason Neu of Great Lakes
Distillery — or both — a Bloody Mary fan can’t go wrong in
Milwaukee. Start with a tomato base, plus vodka (usually),
Worcestershire sauce (most often), salt, pepper and a smash of Tabasco
sauce (depends on palette). Finally, toss in whatever else is from the
garden, from pickled beans to celery fronds and more.
Here are some
stops on our Bloody Mary tour that are sure to delight.
2608 N. Downer Ave.
7677 W. State St., Wauwatosa
Think of all
those exotic beers on the Hollander’s beverage menu as wonderful
chasers for the $8 Southsider (or The Westsider, as it’s called in
Tosa). Whichever side of town, these beverages are concocted with
Rehorst peppercorn-infused vodka, in-house-made Bloody Mary mix and
jalape-o stuffed olives. There’s also the fabled Frenchie ($8), made
with French Pinnacle vodka, the house BM mix and Dijon mustard,
complemented by a bleu cheese stuffed olive. The Traditional ($7) is
assembled with drinker’s choice of vodka, house BM mix and enough
vegetable fixins’ to overflow a wickerware farm basket, including
asparagus, green beans, pickles, and lemon and lime wedges. Paring
suggestion: A Green Torpedo omelet ($9.95), a three-egger with fresh
spinach and basil combined with feta and goat cheeses; served with
potatoes and whole wheat toast.
1947 N. Farwell Ave.
Monday is Cheap
Nite ($2 Pabst bottles), making for inexpensive chasers. But the wow
factor is a vegan house blend Bloody Mary ($8), made with Furthermore
Knot Stock beer, with its fresh cracked black pepper and hops flavor.
Cometiers are renowned for their "hair of the dog," winning
a nod as dishing up one of the area’s best hangover breakfasts. So
pair a Bloody with a Comet breakfast burrito ($8.25), devised with
scrambled eggs, cheeses and pico wrapped in a flour tortilla, lathered
in ranchero sauce and crowned with a taste-bud exploding spicy sour
cream. Mop up with hash browns. And another Bloody.
3549 N. Oakland Ave., Shorewood
A Bloody Mary or
a Dirty Harry — martini, that is. Sounds like date night at a
bartenders’ convention. Regardless, drink fans at Harry’s
appreciate both. This bar’s traditional Bloody ($6) is only $3
during Sunday brunch and often made with a Van Gogh flavored vodka,
with Rehorst being another favorite base. Hearty drinkers hold out for
the Queen Mary ($8), which is served in a 22-ounce glass with a slim
Klement’s smoked pork sausage, a peppercini, celery, pickles and
cherry tomatoes. All the Bloodys are made with Harry’s own in-house
mix. Drink down with a thin-crust breakfast pizza ($9).
524 S. 2nd St.
industrial-strength Bloody Mary, INdustri’s Loaded Bloody ($13)
comes with a jumbo 7-inch grilled and skewered prawn, astride a hefty
24-ounce glass that includes roasted garlic, red onion and poblano
pepper; fresh basil; fresh horseradish; house-infused Rehorst vodka;
housemade mix; a spiced rim of mesquite chili seasoning; a beef stick;
Wisconsin gouda cheese; and oodles of pickled veggies such as
asparagus, brussels sprouts, pearl mushooms and a pickle. There’s a
$5 discount for one — just one — Bloody Mary purchased with
Saturday and Sunday brunch. A Virgin Bloody is $4.25 or
"loaded" at $10.50. A pairing? "Oh my gosh, there’s
so much food in that thing as it is!" says sous chef Doug
363 W. Main St., Waukesha
need to be apprentice carpenters at the Build Your Own Bloody Mary
Bar, open for construction from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday at
Sprizzo. The cafe has its own bacon, horseradish and other
house-infused vodkas, as well as rail and brand vodkas. A guest gets a
large glass and the vodka of choice, adding whatever garnishes are
desired, from shrimp, asparagus, pickles, onions, cheese and many
other toppings. Tomato and V-8 juices are also available. All this for
$7.50 for the infused and rail vodkas and $8.50 for call vodkas.
345 N. Broadway
Wicked Bloody Mary ($9 for rail vodka and $10 for call) features a
beef stick, Spanish green olive and a midget kosher dill pickle, with
a housemade base mix of secret "we’ll-have-to-kill-you-if-we-tell-you"
herbs and spices, horseradish, salt, pepper, a noodle-like mozzarella
swirl and portabella mushroom. A really hearty drinker — or a table
of more cautious imbibers — can ask for The Glass Slipper ($51,
which also requires a $75 deposit). This monster Bloody comes in a
96.628-ounce glass boot, with all those trimmings by the bushel. FYI:
The Hop pours out around 10 gallons of Bloody Mary each Sunday brunch.