I’ve mentioned it before but I’ll say it again, I get sent some interesting items to test. I even recently put together a holiday gift guide for dads.
But that list was just for dads. Something else comes up this time of year when you’re in need of a gift; the holiday party. And if you’ve got kids in tow that often means the party is not going late. It might even start in the morning for a brunch or early football game.
That’s why instead of wine you could bring the bloodies. You could arrive with a small bottle of vodka and some Bloody Mary mix or splurge and bring an upscale mix like the one from Powell & Mahoney I recently was able to chug…err test.
It retails for about $8 which is about twice what you’d pay for the old standby Mr. T’s. It does look like a million bucks though or if it came from William Sonomoa. A small bottle of vodka would be a safe move too even if most good hosts have a bottle or two of vodka in the freezer. I mean it’s not like one shelf in our second freezer is stocked with a variety of the clear goodness or anything…
The recipe for the classic Bloody Mary on the back of the bottle is pretty similar to what we do anyway so this evaluation should be sound.
I start with a wide-mouth pint glass. Fill it with ice. Pour the vodka in to a respectable level, then a little more. I’m not picky when I make bloodies and usually go with Smirnoff or something mid-range versus a Grey Goose or Snow Queen. Then comes the mix to near the top. You have to leave enough room for all the crap that gets stuffed in later.
The past few years I’ve really liked putting a generous lemon slice in, which the recipe also recommended. For spice I go with prepared horseradish versus a hot sauce. It adds even more texture to the drink but that’s usually not a big deal. Then if I’m ambitious I’ll add a splash of worscetshire sauce and some celery salt. Add a couple of celery sticks for something to do between sips and you’re done.
The Powell & Mahoney mix tasted great and very fresh. I liked how it didn’t have a heavily salty taste to it like some mixes have. It’s also vibrantly red. However, it was the texture I had a problem with.
This stuff is thick.
It pours in more like a tomato sauce than a tomato juice. Once mixed in though I found it to not be too bad but it was definitely thicker than I’m used to.
My wife liked the texture even less and had to water it down.
But unless you really are chugging your bloody, the melting ice naturally waters it down for you and then you’re left with a better second half of the drink because you started off so thick. That’s me, always looking at the positive.
Just remember, when heading to a daytime holiday party that may involve numerous children being very loud, bring something the parents can enjoy.
The product reviewed in this post was provided by the manufacturer.