Meet Mary, the ultimate Madison bloody

We tried to dream up the absolute best bloody mary we could think of.
bloody mary fully garnished
Photo by Nikki Hansen, products featured all made locally in Wisconsin

As with our tendency to have strong opinions on bratwursts, a bloody-loving Madisonian probably has a certain idea of what makes the perfect bloody mary. (Which is why many spots in town offer build-your-own-bloody bars.) We tried to dream up the absolute best bloody mary we could think of — one that screams “Madison” from the first sip to the last drop — and here’s what we came up with. (It was a tough job. *Gulps shorty*)

Start the bloody off with a good base of State Line Distillery vodka, a grain vodka crafted from Midwest wheat and barley. 1413 Northern Court, statelinedistillery.combottle of state line distillery vodka

Local butcher shop The Conscious Carnivore has a lot of snack stick flavors, but the Sweet and Heat Snack Stick is a favorite for bloodies. Each is made with antibiotic- and hormone-free beef and pork. Don’t worry if you can’t handle incredibly spicy foods. You’ll be able to handle the heat of these meat sticks. 3236A University Ave., conscious-carnivore.compack of conscious carnivore snack sticks

Fill your pickled needs at Beloit-based Bushel & Peck’s. Trust us, you’ll want to skewer its hand-made pickled beets, dilly beans and hot cherry bomb peppers atop a drink. Bushel & Peck’s also creates its own bloody mary mix packed with horseradish. While products are available online or at its shop in Beloit, Bushel & Peck’s also visits Madison weekly for the Dane County Farmers’ Market on Saturdays. 328 State St., Beloit, bushelandpecks.comjars of cherry bombs, dilly beans, pickled beets

Mix four tablespoons of SparkSpices’ “Stumpy’s Bloody Brilliant!” seasoning into 32 ounces of tomato juice to make your own mix — there’s also a bloody hot version for those who want a piquant drink. sparkspices.combag of bloody mary spices

For a different kind of spice, toss in some of Dashelito’s Original Green Fire hot pepper sauce. The jalapeños and hint of garlic will add just the right amount of flavor. dashelitos.comdashelitos hot sauce

If you want to use a local pickle, find dill spears from Algoma-based Wienke’s Market available at Metcalfe’s Market.dill pickle spears

There are so many great Wisconsin cheeses to add to a skewer, but one worth considering is The Mousehouse Cheesehaus’ Mousehouse Jack, its No. 1 seller. A stop at the shop also means finding a bunch of other varieties like aged swiss, sharp cheddar or smoked gouda. 4494 Lake Circle,Windsor, mousehousecheese.combrick of mousehouse jack cheese

No Wisconsin-style bloody would be complete without a beer chaser, and sometimes it’s worthwhile to stick to a classic — New Glarus Brewing Co.’s Spotted Cow. 2400 State Hwy 69, New Glarus, newglarusbrewing.comcan of new glarus beer