When it comes to Bloody Marys, everyone has their favorite. Mix that is. Seriously, you need to buy like 37 ingredients to make the perfect Bloody Mary. While on spring break this year, we all decided to put several mixes to the test to determine what is the best Bloody Mary mix.
In years past, I have sort of lived on Mimosas each morning of spring break. This year, I didn't even crack a bottle of bubbly. I know. It is tragic. But, I really can't complain. I think each morning, I changed it up a little bit.
What is the best Bloody Mary Mix?
Ok, folk, we tried three mixes this week.
It quickly became a two-horse race when it came to the best bloody mary mix race. The first mix to take the third spot actually just got dumped out.
Sorry, Tabasco. It hurt us to do this. We love Tabasco at our house. Love it. But the Tabasco Bloody Mary mix just left us feeling blah. Ok, not really since there was still vodka in it, but it was blah compared to the Zing Zang and the Charleston.
The most difficult part of making a Bloody Mary with a mix isn't the vodka to Bloody Mary Mix ratio. It seems to be with what to garnish the Bloody Mary. A stick of celery is a given. We all need to stir up the vodka! I, of course, loved mine with bacon, shrimp, and olives. But other wanted the pepperoncini in their drink.
Once the Bloody Mary's were made, we could start focusing on which was the best Bloody Mary mix.
Let's break it down...
Zing Zang Bloody Mary mix was an instant favorite. Full of flavor - celery, pepper, just enough salt with a nice texture that wasn't too smooth but not too much texture. It was a well rounded with just enough kick it didn't leave me grabbing the hot sauce bottle.
Charleston Bloody Mary mix had a similar texture and hit you with some bold, spicy flavors. At first, a few of us were not sure what we were tasting, but the more we drank the more it grew on us. The strong flavors from Worcestershire sauce rang through the herb flavors which were also much stronger than in the Zing Zang.
At the end of the glass, neither needed much doctoring besides are chosen garnish. Both mixes left quite a bit of sediment behind, in the cup when the glass was finished, but I can't complain about it since it was what gave both mixes so much flavor.
What is your favorite Bloody Mary Mix?
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