Meet Mary, the ultimate Madison bloody
We tried to dream up the absolute best bloody mary we could think of.
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*)
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.com
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.com
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.com
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.com
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.com