Hendersonville's Bloody Mary Showdown

September 27, 2013

After the fantastic time we had building the perfect Manhattan back in August, we decided to branch out and attack other classics. Since football season is now in full swing, the classic football tailgate beverage was an obvious choice.

Once again we brought together the Bluegrass Tastemasters for a showdown of epic proportions.

  • Mr. Bill Sinks - host, proprietor of Bluegrass Beverages
  • Mr. Fell Merwin - itinerant mixmaster
  • Mr. Milton Curtis - President of Curtis Builders, LLC and Bloody Mary aficionado
  • Mr. Eric Jackson - irritable blogger and gin fanatic

 gin in bloody marys

Something you will notice here...not a single Vodka Bloody Mary in the entire group. Yes, you can substitute Vodka for Gin...but you've got to be intrigued if you've never tried it with Gin, right?


Mr. Bill Sinks - The Traditional

"I've had the same Bloody recipe for years. You don't mess with success!"

- Ice in shaker
- Beefeater 24 Gin (new! - ok, this is the only deviation)
- Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix
- Black pepper
- A dash of Worcestershire Sauce
- A splash of olive juice
- 1/4 tablespoon of raw horseradish
- Celery stuffed with Danish bleu cheese
- Two bleu cheese stuffed olives

"A good, solid bloody."
"The olive juice and Beefeater really lightened up the mix...a clean taste"

Mr. Fell Merwin - The Tropical

"People on boats need Bloody Marys too!"

- Uncle Neil's Secret Bahamian Elixir (you'll have to ask Fell)
- Clamato
- Spicy V8
- Cholula Hot Sauce
- Hendrick's Gin
- 1/2 squeezed lime

"Light and sweet Bloody Mary"
"Loaded with flavor, not super heavy, almost tropical!"

Mr. Milton Curtis - The Basic Classic

"Don't mess with it."

- Bombay Sapphire Gin
- Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
- A dash of Worcestershire Sauce
- Squeezed lime, rim the glass
- Cholula Host Sauce
- Pickled okra

"Very spicy, great!"
"Ohhh yeah!"
"Pickled okra makes the drink!" (Mandy Lou)

Mr. Eric Jackson - The Meat & Three

"Sometimes you just need to eat AND drink breakfast."

- Bombay Sapphire Gin
- Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix
- One slice of Wright's Applewood Bacon (baked at 385 for approximately 20 minutes and then snaked on a bamboo skewer)
- Bacon salt on glass rimmed with lime juice
- Celery stuffed with Danish bleu cheese
- Two bleu cheese stuffed olives on a bamboo cocktail pick

"Jackson, where do you come up with this stuff?"
"Where are the eggs?"
"Does this come with a fork?"

Mr. Merwin had to weigh in on a more detailed level: The Big E's Bacon Bloody, while clearly liquid, was far more than a drink. It lacked nothing, except perhaps a floated raw or poached egg, to make it the perfect breakfast, &/or cure for the baddest of bad boys, recovering from the worst imaginable night of debauchery. No need for utensils, yet able to cover all the essential food groups gracefully... while leaving you smacking your lips and wanting for more.

bacon in bloody mary