Klotz loved a good bloody mary, especially when she and her husband
went out. But even when she discovered a favorite bloody mary at a
restaurant or bar, it often didnít taste the same the next time she
ordered it. Klotz began researching recipes and taste-testing
recipes on friends and family members until she came up with the
perfect blend. They loved her recipe so much that today she sells a
perfectly premixed and ready-to-drink bloody mary called OMG, made
with her special blend of juices, spices and five-times-distilled
vodka. Since it made its debut, OMG is now sold in more than 100
stores, including Discount Liquor, Woodmanís Market, Sendikís Food
Market, Total Wine & More, Sentry, and Brewís Wine and Spirits.
Klotz sat down with
MKE Lifestyle to talk about bloody marys, beer
chasers and more.
How long did it
take you to come up with the perfect bloody mary recipe?
It took five years to really develop the perfect
recipe. I was kind of looking to do something new, as my kids were
growing up. Three and a half years ago, I started selling a
non-alcoholic mix at the farmers market in Pewaukee, and then it
took over two years after that to have it ready to bottle at Midwest
Custom Bottling in Pewaukee. They bottle Rumchata and Soul Boxer
old-fashioneds. We have been in retail stores since December, and we
are now in 118 local stores.
Tell us a bit
about your recipe.
It has 20 different spices (and) tomato and vegetable
juices. Itís a good blend of medium-spicy and sweet, and itís made
with real products and no preservatives. Itís got 12.5 percent
alcohol by volume. The spices come from Asenzya (Inc.), a spice
company in Oak Creek. (They) came up with all my wet and dry
ingredients to develop our own spice blend, which we use now. Itís
not like a pre-bottled V-8 juice with liquor. Itís got a little more
texture and mouthfeel, and itís a really good, smooth bloody mary.
Itís perfect! Our big thing is we are local, and we get amazing
feedback from customers.
Tell us about
We get immediate feedback from people (at events
where we offer tastes). Most people say, ďOh, this is really good.Ē
The best feedback, though, is when people say, ďOh my gosh, thatís
so good!Ē And then I start laughing and point to the name.
What do you think
are the perfect garnishes for a bloody mary? Here in Wisconsin we
can go pretty crazy with them.
Iím just a beef stick, pickle and olive person. I
think maybe (someone) came up with that because itís a hangover
cure, but itís evolving, and now people are putting everything on
it. Iíve seen some $50 bloody marys. Itís insane.
What kind of a
beer chaser do you like on yours?
I just like Miller Lite. Pabst is good too. I stick
with the hometown. Wisconsin is the only state Iíve been to that
does beer chasers.
Do you drink
anything other than bloody marys?
I am a huge fan
of dirty martinis, and I have to say, OMG is a great dirty martini
chaser. Just a little shot of this with a dirty martini is a good