Obviously a fresh homemade or made in-house mix is the best, but there are many great options out there available for purchase. Here’s my top 3 local mixes - try them and decide for yourself.
Attend any event or bar in town offering bloody mary’s and you’re likely to find these mixes there. Offering a variety of flavors, Bloody Revolution is sure to please any palate you like in your bloody mary. Choose from Original, Ribeye, Wasabi Ginger, Pickle Zest, Garlic and Habanero.
Featuring black and white stripes with fun ingredient drawings on their logo, you can easily spot these bottles anywhere. With just the right combination of spices, the flavors of these mixes are great for drinking or cooking with. And they are all so good, you’ll want to drink them by themselves (I have!), but I advise adding vodka for the ultimate tongue pleasure.
If you like a spicy bloody mary, then indulge in the Habanero or Wasabi Ginger. It’s extremely hard to pick just one and I often find myself buying a variety of flavors to mix up. My favorite thing to do is use equal parts of Original, Pickle Zest and Garlic = PERFECTION!!
Created by a former bartender by using ingredients that he saw his patrons add in to their bloody mary’s. After winning some contests with his concoction, he decided to share it with the public thanks to a little convincing from his love. So thanks Michelle!
This little secret is made just north of Austin in Round Rock, Texas. I was drawn to this mix because of the name and label. (Yes, that really is Chuck on the label) I loved that it used the Texas logo and c’mon, how can you not love that name? The Bloody Mary mix has two levels of taste: Original and Hot. Hot is exactly that - WOW! If you like a spicy mix, then this is the one for you. Made with the habanero pepper, you’ll get that kick you’re looking for.
They also make a Michelada and a Margarita Mix. All are fresh tasting, award winning and offer up a tasty cocktail.
What do you do when your husband opens a barbecue joint? Why make bloody mary mix of course! And boy, is it good! I discovered this mix at an Official Drink of Austin event and instantly fell in love. I love that it has some thickness to it and is perfectly seasoned for my palate. It truly is like eating a juicy piece of brisket.
And can we talk about the bottle? it’s little shorter and more squatty than the other two brands and has a cool graphic high heel boot as it’s logo. You know me and my shoe obsession - it’s what originally drew me to it. Don’t feel bad about drinking it all though, every empty bottle reveals a beautiful ‘barbecue wife’ pin up illustrated image.
Oh, and remember we mentioned garnishes? This particular mix is spectacular with their signature brisket stuffed olives.
Now that you know what mixes to use, what about which vodka? Well, there’s way too many options available and all are great for bloody marys. But if you want to try something different and ‘mix it up’ (see what I did there?), here are a few of my recommendations:
- Colorado High Hemp Vodka - just enough of a spice to compliment any mix
- Iron Wolf Distillery Horseradish Vodka - ‘nuf said
- Western Son Cucumber Vodka - trust me on this one
So there you have it - my 3 local faves. All make a great marinade as well - if you’re into that sort of thing. I welcome you to explore them and let me know what you think. Cheers!
Images courtesy of brand social media accounts.