The Bloody Mary Tattler: September Edition
Welcome to the issue! Summer’s almost over, but things are sure heating up over here at the Bl00dy Mary emporium. The first batch of Portland Bloody Mary Mix is finished, but it needs some fine-tuning before I release it to my deserving public. Only the best for you! It also needs a logo, a website, a bottle, and a sanction from the FDA rabbi (it will be certified kosher, besides being gluten-free, fat-free, organic, all natural, low sodium, vegan, and non-GMO), but who’s complaining? It’s gonna be fabulous. It’s just taking a long time. But meanwhile, enjoy this month’s selection of holidays, news, and gossip!
Bourbon Heritage Month
Pleasure Your Mate Month
Healthy Aging Month
Better Breakfast Month
Sept 1-7: International Enthusiasm Week
Sept 14-20: Balance Awareness Week – can you walk a straight line, even sober?
Sept 24-26: Great American Beer Festival
9/4: National Lazy Mom’s Day
9/5: Bacon Day
9/9: Wonderful Weirdoes Day
9/13: Kids Take Over The Kitchen Day
9/19: Oktoberfest begins
9/20: National Punch Day
9/22: (Pink) Elephant Appreciation Day
9/25: Bright Pink Lipstick Day
9/27: Crush A Can Day
9/28: Fish Tank Floorshow Night
9/28: National Drink Beer Day
9/30: National Mulled Cider Day
This month in drinking history
9/13 – Francis Scott Key was watching The Battle of Fort Henry in Baltimore Harbor on this fine evening in 1814, and at dawn saw the American flag still flying over the fort. It inspired him to write a poem, which was later set to the tune of a popular drinking song and became the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.
9/22 – On this day in 1999, Dustin Phillips (USA) set a new record for drinking a popular tomato-based liquid. But it wasn’t Bloody Marys! He drank a 14 oz. bottle of ketchup through a 1/4″ straw in 33 seconds.
Bloody Mary Of The Month
You’re probably all too familiar with the genius that goes into the creation of Bloody Marys in this great nation of ours. But did you ever wonder what they’re like in other parts of the world?
And this is the video of the one I had in Venice, Italy a couple of weeks ago. We clearly enjoyed several. >>Venice Bloody Mary<<
Did you happen to have a Bloody Mary on one of your summer adventures? Do tell! Post your photos below.
I’m having a big party at my house to kick off football season, and I’m thinking about setting up a Bloody Mary bar. What do I need to have on hand?
Signed, Kickass Kickoff
What a great idea! Letting your guests make their own drinks is a good way to make sure everyone gets exactly what they want, and gets you out from behind the bar so you can enjoy yourself, too.
Believe it or not, you don’t need to spend a ton of money on ingredients to create Bloody Marys that everyone will love. Start with this basic list:
- Plain, unflavored vodka
- Spicy or flavored vodka (try bacon, cucumber, tomato, lemon, smoked salmon, or horseradish)
- Tomato juice
- Off-the-shelf Bloody Mary mix (mild AND spicy)
- Ice cubes, for serving
- A bar spoon or iced tea spoon
- A cocktail shaker or two
- Prepared horseradish
- Worcestershire sauce
- Hot sauce (go with your favorite)
- Lemon juice
- Olive and/or pickle juice
- Celery salt
- Old Bay seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Lemon wedges
- Lime wedges
- Pickle spears
- Celery stalks
- Bacon bits or pieces of cooked bacon
- Pickled peppers, green beans, mushrooms, etc.
- Cubed salami & cheese
- Blanched asparagus stalks
- Toothpicks or skewers
Feel free to customize this list according to your guests’ preferences and the space you have available. If you’ve learned anything from me up until now, it’s that when it comes to Bloody Marys, there are no wrong answers!
That ought to do it, Kick, you party animal. Let us know how it goes…or better yet, post your pics on Instagram for us to see.
Well, that’s it for this month’s Tattler. I’ll see you right here next month!