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The Best Bloody Mary in Every State

Cocktails / March 6, 2018 / 7 Comments.


We are huge fans of the Bloody Mary. We’ll drink them in the morning, at night, in the cold, in the heat. You name it. We’ll still be drinking a Bloody Mary even if it doesn’t seem appropriate.

We believe everyone should be able to drink a delicious Bloody Mary no matter where they live. So we broke it down state by state. Check it out:

Alexander City, Alabama: SpringHouse
This Bloody is built from a base of mushroom-vegetable-chili broth, with tomato juice, Worcestershire, celery salt, citric acid, and spiked with vodka. Umami is the star player here. Garnished with lime and olive and a rim of their own herb salt.

Hoonah, Alaska: The Crab Station
This little joint is Southeast Alaska has beautiful water views. Their delicious Bloody Mary topped with the usual fixings plus an Alaskan Crab Leg. It’s the making for a perfect brunch.

Phoenix, Arizona: DeSoto Central Market
The “Kraken” comes with all the fixings, including celery, olives, carrots, asparagus sticks, a slider and a brownie on a skewer. Perfect for someone looking for a sweet and salty meal.

Jonesboro, Arkansas: Parsonage 322
Known for its farm-to-table experience, their multiple Bloody Mary options do not disappoint. Choose from farm fresh vegetables, cheeses and more.

PlumBarOakland, California: Plum Bar & Restaurant
Have you ever had a clear Bloody Mary? Well now you can try PlumBar’s “Bloodyless Mary” made from Dirty Girl Farms tomatoes, celery salt, fresh horseradish, ground pepper, and tamarind sauce (made with tamarind, fish sauce and spices). The mixture is then strained through a cheesecloth to clarify the mix and spiked with barrel-aged Tito’s Vodka and garnished with cherry tomatoes and sea beans. Don’t be scared, the classic Bloody Mary flavors are still unmistakable.

Denver, Colorado: Departure Restaurant + Lounge
This Bloody Mary is inspired by flavors from across Asia, including Thailand, Korea and Japan. It’s made with a base of the Japanese spirit shochu and includes lemongrass, Thai basil, yuzu, kasha, kimchi juice and a load of spices. Even if you can’t pronounce some of the ingredients, you’ll be able to enjoy this delicious Bloody.

New Haven, Connecticut: Oak Haven Table & Bar
The OHTB (Oak Haven Table & Bar) Bloody Mary is made with organic vodka, tomato juice, cayenne pepper, paprika, horseradish and celery salt along with two additional secret ingredients. Garnished with bacon from pigs that are fed an strictly acorn-only diet during their final days and a basil sea salt rim.

Dewey, Delaware: The Starboard
After a long night out in Dewey, this Crabby Mary will solve all your hangover problems. Topped with bacon, celery, carrots and delicious jumbo lump crab meat.

Miami, Florida: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Served in a mason jar with bacon-infused bourbon, garnished with pickled green beans, pickled okra, olives soaked in vermouth and crispy bacon. The perfect recovery drink after a night out in South Beach.

Atlanta, Georgia: The Nook
The “Bloody Best” is a whopping 32 oz. beverage stacked with a teak skewer, tater tots, pepperoncinis, jalapeños, a slice of toast, lemon, lime and a hardboiled egg. To top it off? You sip this Bloody Mary through a beef straw.

Honolulu, Hawaii: Chart House Waikiki
This Bloody Mary is the perfect balance between vodka and tomato, with just the right amount of Tabasco. They’ve been serving the same Bloody Mary since 1969, so you know it’s gotta be good.

Meridian, Idaho: Homestead Bar & Grill
This Bloody Mary is no joke. “The Mega Mary” includes a celery stick, pepperoncini, green olives, cocktail onions, a cheeseburger slider, a soft pretzel and a chicken wing. And that’s not all. There are also two shot glasses that hang off the side of the glass, one is filled with chili topped with shredded cheese and the other is a refreshing shot of Coors Light. You can also order “The Remix,” which comes with garlic bread, a mac n’ cheese bite, a mozzarella stick, a bacon wrapped jalapeño popper and side shots of marinara sauce and beer.

Chicago, Illinois: Sunda
Another Asian-inspired Bloody Mary for you to experiment with. This “Sumo Mary” comes with lumpia, Chinese broccoli, oshinko pickles, duck bao, grilled cheese, herb-roasted potatoes, braised pork belly, and bacon. A unique mix of traditional and new.

Indianapolis, Indiana: Tick Tock Lounge
This Bloody Mary comes on a plate because there are THAT many garnishes (including skewers of crispy tater tots, slices of bacon and pepperoni, and cheddar cheese cubes).

West Des Moines, Iowa: Gilroy’s
The name of this drink is just as good as the drink its self. The “Crazy Soul-less Redhead Bloody Mary” is topped with bacon, pepperoni, cheese cubes, olives and a beef stick. And served in a mason jar of course.

Topeka, Kansas: The Wheel Barrel
They offer a special brunch menu, including their delicious Bloody Mary. Pair that with any of their grilled cheese options and your day will be sure to start off on a high note.

Louisville, Kentucky: Against the Grain
This super authentic Bloody was voted Louisville’s best Bloody Mary at the Finlandia Bloody Mary contest. The secret is their original spin on every element, down to the vodka. The house-made mix is macerated with fresh herbs and vegetables, blended with tomato mixed topped with pickled, smoked, and cured toppings.

New Orleans, Louisiana: La Petite Grocery
The “Big Red Hammer” is made with house-made Bloody Mary mix and Tito’s Vodka, then topped with poached shrimp, blue crab claws and house pickled vegetables. Your Bloody and seafood fix, all in one!

Freeport, Maine: Buck’s Naked BBQ
“The Bloody Buck” is topped with a slow cooked baby back rib. Need we say more?

Baltimore, Maryland: Wine Market Bistro
A Basil Bloody Mary is a cocktail you never knew you needed. Their house-made Bloody Mary mix is a secret, but it combines basil leaves, lime and tomatoes. Delicious and refreshing.

Boston, Massachusetts: Townsman
Molasses and chili brine create the perfect mix of contradicting flavors; rich sweetness and savory spice. This Bloody combines tomato, cayenne, paprika, lemon and lime juice, horseradish juice and pulp, and Baboo’s spicy mustard. It’s spiked with vodka and topped with pickled vegetables and Chinese long beans.

Ann Arbor, Michigan: Fraser’s Pub
Their custom blend with horseradish, steak sauce, pickle and olive juices, black pepper and Cholula hot sauce is the perfect base for a Cajun spice rim, mixed with New Holland Duchess Vodka and topped off with New Holland Poet Stout. They also add bacon to the bottom of the drink, creating a delicious booze-soaked treat to eat once you’ve sucked down every last drop of the drink.

Minneapolis, Minnesota: Spoon and Stable
The Scandinavian flavor in this Bloody is what really stands out. It comes from the savory-herbal spirit aquavit. The base is made from ripe tomatoes, fresh horseradish and dill, English cucumber, and a house-made dried shiitake powder.

Biloxi, Mississippi: Wentzel’s Seafood
The “Crabby Mary” is topped with a fried soft-shell crab, with eyes crafted from large green olives and antennae made of boiled shrimp. It’s the cutest Bloody you’ll ever drink.

St. Louis, Missouri: Boundary
Build the Bloody of your dreams with mixes such as beef broth, shellfish broth, green tomato juice, and condiments like artisanal cheeses, hot sauces, stuffed olives, celery, house-made pickles, mild or habanero barbecue sausage, soused shrimp, regular or candied bacon, caper berries and horseradish. You can also choose the flavor of your vodka: original, garlic, sun-dried tomato, cucumber or chili AND the flavor of your salt rim: kosher, Sriracha chipotle, lime or Worcestershire. The possibilities are truly endless.

Lakeside, Montana: Tamarack Brewing Company
With the assistance of bartender-approved recipes, many customers turn this Bloody Mary ordering into a competition: Who can make the most extravagant drink? Bonus: the summer season creates an influx of fresh produce from the farmer’s market down the street.

Omaha, Nebraska: Louie M’s Burger Lust Cafe
Their bacon infused spicy Bloody Mary pairs perfectly with the Jalapeño Burger. Heaven.

Las Vegas, Nevada: Mr. Lucky’s
This 24-hour spot allows you to get a Bloody Mary whenever you’d like. Mr. Lucky’s Bloody Mary is made with spicy tomato, shrimp cocktail, celery, a Slim Jim, beef jerky, a deviled egg, a waffle slider, pickles, horseradish and a lime.

Manchester, New Hampshire: The Farm Bar & Grill
This deliciously spicy Bloody Mary comes topped with perfectly sautéed shrimp, olives, asparagus, celery and bacon. It’s the classic you never want to see changed.

Atlantic City, New Jersey: Atlantic City Bar & Grill
Not only can you order the delicious “Crab Mary” (topped with crab legs), you can also up your chances of running into a celebrity. George Clooney, Paris Hilton, Michael Phelps and more have been spotted at this restaurant.

Las Cruces, New Mexico: Pecan Grill and Brewery
If you need some “hair of the dog,” order the 6 Feet Under Bloody Mary. Infused with green chile vodka and topped with salami, a pork wing, jalapeño bacon, roasted jalapeños, and mozzarella sticks.

DirtCandyNew York City, New York: Dirt Candy
You have not one, but two, delicious Bloody Mary’s to choose from. First, the Bloody Carrie, made with grilled carrot juice, tomato, smoked habanero hot sauce, tequila and mezcal and served with a guajillo chili salt rim and pickles carrots and tomatoes. Second, the green version, the Jealous Mary, made with green tomato, kale juice, green Tabasco, vodka and garnished with pickled green tomatoes. You can’t go wrong either way.

Cashiers, North Carolina: High Hampton Inn Resort
The “Full Pale Sail” is carefully created by the bartender to balance all the ingredients on one long skewer. Toppings include, but are not limited to, jalapeño, cucumber, pickles, green pepper, mushrooms, baby corn, celery, banana peppers, shrimp, olives and artichoke hearts.

Fargo, North Dakota: Three Lyons Pub
The Dirty Mary won best Bloody Mary in North Dakota by Absolut Vodka three times. The addition of olive juice is their secret weapon (hence the dirty).

Cleveland, Ohio: Trentina
Topped with smoked ham speck and fermented vegetables, the “Tyrolean Mary” is a cocktail to write home about. It’s spiked with vodka and includes horseradish, Calabrian chilies, tomato, lemon, and ample salt and pepper.

Tulsa, Oklahoma: Cosmo Café
The “Morning After Mary” will solve all your hangover woes. It comes topped with grilled cheese panini triangles and bacon strips. The perfect combo of hair of the dog and greasy food (AKA the cure to every hangover).

Portland, Oregon: Olympic Provisions
The Olympic Mary includes a house-made mix, and is garnished with a kebab of pickled veggies, a pickled egg and a slice of salami. Simple but amazing.

Springfield, Pennsylvania: Tavola Restaurant + Bar
Absolut Vodka dubbed the “Garden Bloody Mary Blend” the best in Pennsylvania and also one of the country’s top 12 finalists. Made with house-made bread and butter pickles, herbs and vegetables fresh from the garden and a perfect mix of Absolut Peppar and Absolut Cilantro, it’s no wonder why this Bloody is winning awards.

Cranston, Rhode Island: Chapel Grille
These Bloody Mary’s are not only delicious, but you can get them unlimited for an additional cost (spicy ones included). What a deal.

Charleston, South Carolina: Husk
This refreshing, vegetable-heavy drink is made with tomato, celery and onion juice, parsley and watercress juice, lemon, horseradish and vodka. Top it off with some country ham and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast beverage.

Rapid City, South Dakota: Murphy’s Pub & Grill
This drink is described as a meal in a mason jar. It won first place in a recent Bloody Mary Contest at the Black Hills BBQ Festival. And for good reason. It’s topped with a grilled jalapeño pepper stuffed with a fresh pineapple chunk and cream cheese and wrapped in crispy bacon. And you can’t forget the dill pickle, celery rub and stalk of dill.

Nashville, Tennessee: The Flipside
Depending how much you’re hurting from the night before, you can choose from “The Fix” or “The Big Fix.” The Fix is a classic Bloody Mary and, during brunch hours, are two for the price of one. The Big Fix is served in a large mug with a pickle, strips of bacon, a stick filled with chicken and tots and giant snow crab claw. It’s a win win situation.

Dallas, Texas: Anvil Pub
The “F**k Brunch” Bloody Mary is topped with a bacon cheeseburger slider, shrimp, a hot dog, pickled asparagus and okra, an onion ring and more. Plus, it comes with a side of PBR. You won’t even need to order a meal after this drink.

Park City, Utah: Tupelo
This Bloody Mary bar goes on as far as the eye can see. Bartenders are there to help you craft the perfect Bloody for your palate, since the dozens of different spices, sauces, produce, and meats can be overwhelming.

Winooski, Vermont: Sneakers Bistro
The line is always out the door every weekend. So it’s no surprise that they’ve won the Best Bloody Mary award from Seven Days four years in a row. It’s a classic that never goes out of style.

Chesapeake, Virginia: The Egg Bistro
The Cross Eyed Mary will bring your Sunday mornings to a new level. Made with Pinnacle Vodka, Worcestershire, horseradish, extra virgin olive oil, oregano, celery salt, basil, olives, lemon and lime juice, Bloody Mary mix, and rimmed with Old Bay. And to top it off, it’s garnish with a pepperoncini and a stuffed pepper.

DelCampoWashington DC: Del Campo
This is where you’ll find the Black Bloody Mary. It’s made with squid ink, seafood stock, red onions, celery, smoked tomato juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, salt, grilled peppers and topped with a tentacle. So. Good.

Seattle, Washington: Hattie’s Hat
Love salmon and lox? Then you’ll love the Smoked Salmon Mary. It’s spiked with their smoked salmon vodka and is out of this world.

Morgantown, West Virginia: Iron Horse Tavern
Their Rosemary Garden Bloody Mary is creative and delicious. Their salt rims are the cherry on top.

Madison, Wisconsin: Graze
It’s the midwest in a glass. Made with tomato, Worcestershire, Dijon and pepperoncini juice, and vodka and topped with house-pickled asparagus, locally made jalapeño beef stick, olives, celery and of course, a Wisconsin cheese curd. The New Glarus beer back is the finishing touch to make this Midwestern Graze Bloody Mary the best one out there.

Cheyenne, Wyoming: Steamboat’s Steak & Smokehouse
This unique Bloody Mary is garnished with blue cheese, olives, pepperoni, bacon wrapped pickles (YUM), kielbasa and a slider. What more could you want?

What are your favorite spots to grab a Bloody Mary? Let us know in the comments!

Her Shot: Boozy Pancakes for Sunday Brunch

Beer / June 26, 2016 / No Comments.

Beer-Pancakes-and-How-to-Make-Super-Fluffy-Pancakes-3Who doesn’t love a good brunch? You can never go wrong with breakfast food. Ever. However, booze filled brunches are usually on the higher price end, so instead of going out and spending your entire pay check today, stay in and experiment with these boozy beer pancakes:

Buttermilk Beer Pancakes:

• 2 eggs, divided
• ½ tsp cream of tartar
• ½ cup beer (wheat beer, pale ale, brown ale work best)
• ¼ cup buttermilk (or heavy cream)
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 cup flour
• 2 tbs sugar
• 1 tsp baking powder
• ½ tsp baking soda
• 3 tbs butter

Set out a stand mixer (or a bowl and a hand mixer), a small bowl and a large bowl. Separate the eggs, putting the whites in the stand mixer and the yolks in the small bowl. Add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 5 minutes. Add the beer, buttermilk, and vanilla to the egg yolks, beat until well combined. In the large bowl stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda. Add the yolk mixture to the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Then, fold the egg whites into the pancake batter. Add the butter to a preheated griddle (preheated to 350) or large skillet over medium high heat, push around until melted. About ¼ cup at a time, pour the pancake batter on the preheated surface. Let it cook until bubbles form in the center, flip and allow to cook until golden brown on the underside. Then serve and eat up.

Recipe & Pic

Cocktail Corner: Waking up to a Waffle (cocktail)

Cocktail Corner / March 25, 2016 / No Comments.

tumblr_mfjm917Udb1s1ocnwo1_500Who doesn’t love a quality breakfast? After all, it is the most important meal of the day. Pancakes, cereal, bacon, eggs – what other combination of food better fortifies the walls of heaven? We say just one lovely breakfast luxury can overpower all of that deliciousness – waffles, in every form. With vanilla ice cream, fried chicken, as a sandwich, waffles go with just about anything. And with today being Waffle Day, this morning is a moment where you should definitely not miss out on such a satisfying spread. Not hungry? You can always wake up to waffles as a cocktail concoction instead:

Bourbon Brunch: (serves 1) 

  • 14 oz. Bourbon Whiskey
  • 4 mL pure maple syrup
  • 2 oz. apple cider
  • 1 oz. ginger beer
  • candied bacon (optional garnish)
  • mini Eggo waffle (optional garnish)

Stir all ingredients together in a glass filled with ice. Garnish with thick cut candied bacon. (Cook bacon on rack at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Rub with cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and maple syrup and bake for another 5-10 minutes in oven). Slit mini Eggo waffle and toast until golden brown. Place on side of glass. Serve. 

Recipe from classygirlswearpearls

Waffle Jelly Shots: (12 shots)

  • 1 cup fresh squeezed orange juice, strained 
  • 2 tsp. lemon juice 
  • 1/4 cup Grade B maple syrup (just because its more flavorful – use what you have on hand!)
  • 2 envelopes plain Knox gelatin
  • 1 cup cake flavored vodka (or vanilla vodka with 2 tsp amaretto)

Spray cooking oil in the molds and then wipe clean with a paper towel. This leaves a slight film to aid in removal without affecting the appearance or taste of your jelly shots. Pour juices and syrup into a medium saucepan and sprinkle with gelatin. Allow gelatin to soak for a minute or two. Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until gelatin is dissolved (5 minutes). Remove from heat, and stir in the vodka. Fill molds with the mixture, and refrigerate for until firm, several hours or overnight. Remove from molds and serve.

Recipe from jelly-shot-test-kitchen

Bourbon-Cider Maple Syrup: (just over 2 cups)

  • 4 cups organic fresh pressed apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp. fine-quality bourbon
  • 1 cup organic pure maple syrup
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Bring apple cider to a full boil over high heat in a large saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-high and simmer, uncovered and swirling the pan frequently, until the cider reduces to 1 cup, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in bourbon, maple syrup and salt. Cool until warm and transfer to syrup dispenser or small pitcher. Serve warm or cool completely before serving.

Recipe from wickedgoodkitchen


Your New Breakfast Essential!

Beer / October 19, 2015 / No Comments.

We all know that brunch just wouldn’t be as much fun without a cocktail, and contrary to popular belief, we strongly believe it’s never too early to start boozing! However for the select few of us who like to take it easy before 10AM, but still crave the delicious taste of their favorite brew we’d like to introduce to you, The Beer Syrup Company. Over in Louisville bartender Russ Meredith experienced a stoke of genius, launching a kick-starter for his line of Beer Syrup. You read that right, syrup, the pancake kind, made out of beer!

Now this delicious concoction is not only for breakfast purposes, it’s supposedly ideal for glazing chicken wings, pouring over ice cream and mixing into craft cocktails. The Beer Syrup Company is currently offering a variety of three flavors including Mocha Porter, Pecan Nut Brown and Bourbon Barrel Stout, all of which sound delicious. The only minor downside to the simple syrup is that they’re non-alcoholic, so you wont be getting much of a buzz after enjoying your morning waffles. However, we still recommend supporting their kickstarter, because why not flavor everything we possibly can with a little bit of beer!


The Blessing of Pop-Tart Beer

Our Stories / August 25, 2015 / No Comments.


By now, you’ve met Wheaties Beer. It’s likely that sweet breakfast brew sparked a light inside of you that can never be extinguished. Thanks to our friends at 21st Amendment in San Francisco, it never has to be.

With a nod to the previous tenants of their new facility, the brewers crafted a Pop-Tart inspired India red ale. Kellogg’s can rest easy knowing that their walls are still home to sugary childhood dreams even though their name has been removed from the building.

The release date is set for August 29th which gives you just enough time to clean out your fridge and make room for the cases you’ll inevitably buy. Tasting has been limited to a select few, so we can’t speak to that yet. But if our imaginations are any indication: it’s going to rule the breakfast table.

Toaster Pastry will be sold in 19.2 oz cans, like all beer should. It rings in at 7.6% ABV with an IBU of 74, so this won’t be as sweet as 21st Amendment’s famous Hell or High Watermelon. It is an IPA after all. If sweet is what you’re looking for, kindly direct yourself to the pastry aisle and leave the pastry beer for the professionals.


HefeWheaties: Beer For Breakfast

Our Stories / August 18, 2015 / No Comments.


Wheaties just made it ok to have beer for breakfast.

Two Minneapolis companies have combined forces to make the simple man’s dream a reality. Wheaties cereal and Fulton Brewery are bringing HefeWheaties to the Twin City market. Brewed with over 50% malted wheat, this German style beer was a natural marriage for the two local brands. Both are known for using raw ingredients and while there are no cereal flakes used in the brewing process, their flavor still shines through.

If things go well in Minneapolis, we could be seeing this breakfast-themed brew on more shelves in the country. For now we’ll just have to take a quick trip cross country if we want an excuse to enjoy the real breakfast of champions.


Cereal Cocktails

Cocktails / March 23, 2015 / 1 Comment.


Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So why should we only enjoy it in the morning? A recent trend has our favorite sugary, childhood cereals making appearances in our after-work drinks. Whether you’re in Boston, Chicago, or LA you’re likely to find at least one bartender serving up their own cereal-inspired cocktail.

Some concoctions don’t include the actual cereal as an ingredient, but you’d never guess by the taste. Others go so far as to infuse cereal in milk or alcohol, then strain it into the glass to keep the flavor without the soggy remains. Sound like an idea you can get behind? Here are a few recipes for you to impress your friends with… or just to enjoy on your own during some Saturday morning cartoons. No judgment here.


Reese’s White Russian (makes 1)

2 oz vodka

1 oz Kahlua

2 oz Reeses’s Puff-infused cream

Infuse for 45 minutes. Combine in a glass. Garnish with more Reese’s Puffs, obviously.


Trix Martini (makes 4)

1 cup vodka

1 cup Trix cereal

½ cup whipping cream

½ cup sugar

½ cup water

¼ cup lime juice

¼ cup lemon juice

2 egg whites

2 cups ice

Let ½ cup cereal sit in vodka for 15 minutes in a bowl. Put other ½ cup cereal in cream for the same amount of time in the fridge. Boil sugar and water until sugar dissolves. Stir in strained vodka and cream after water cools. Throw away the cereal unless you’re really brave. Mix everything together and shake. A lot. Pour in a martini glass and enjoy.


Beer for Breakfast

Beer / November 30, 2014 / No Comments.

dogfish-head-s-breakfast-beer-is-made-with-maple-syrup-coffee-andThere are many fascinating flavors of beer out there. From pizza infused brews to those using animal excrement (it’s a thing), you can pretty much find any flavor craft beer with just a trip to your local liquor store. Still, we have generated a list of what we consider to be the greatest genre of atypical tasting beers: breakfast themed-brews.

First, Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery is setting off the season with their new beverage, “Beer for Breakfast.” The stout is infused with maple syrup, coffee, applewood-smoked barley, lactose and… scrapple. For those of you who are unfamiliar, scrapple is essentially a fried breakfast meat popular in the mid-Atlantic region (NJ, MD, PA, DE). Oh, and it’s made out of pork scraps combined with cornmeal or flour; you could call it a cousin of spam.

Scrapple is certainly an acquired taste, but brewery founder Sam Calagione favors the flavor, as he put a whopping 25 pounds of the breakfast food into his “Beer for Breakfast” blend. If you don’t think you’ll find scrapple all that scrumptious, here are a few other breakfast themed brews to get involved with:

Rogue Bacon Maple Ale

Inspired by Portland bakery Voodoo Doughnuts’ famous bacon maple bar, this ale is a smoky malt, maple flavored brew with notes of applewood-smoked bacon and a faint sweetness.

Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout

Once upon a time, oatmeal stouts were thought to be a healthy beverage. Whether or not that’s true (and we hope it is), Samuel Smith brewery has recreated the traditional stout by giving it a smooth, bittersweet taste.

Narragansett Autocrat Coffee Milk Stout

With Rhode Island’s official state beverage being coffee milk, it’s no surprise that Narragansett brewery has utilized the drink in their coffee-infused brew. By mixing sweetened coffee syrup with the bittersweet milk stout, Narragansett has produced a rich, smooth beer with a bold, chocolate finish.



Booze Up Breakfast

Beer / October 10, 2014 / No Comments.

birra-spalmabile-del0914-lgnWhat happens when an Italian chocolatier and brewer collaborate? Birra Spalmabile. If, like us, your knowledge of Italian is limited to ordering pasta, “birra spalmabile” literally means “spreadable beer.” We thought beer jelly was the greatest invention since sliced bread (and beer of course) but Birra Spalmabile is a whole new way to have beer for breakfast. While the spread is made of 40% beer, the spread does not contain any alcohol, so we can enjoy our boozy breakfast worry-free.

Birra Spalmabile is predominately sweet tasting—not unexpected coming from chocolatier Pietro Napoleone—and comes in two flavors adapted from Emanuela Laurenzi’s brewery Alta Quota. Using some nifty science that’s over our heads, they turned Alta Quota’s Omid dark ale and Greta blonde into two spreads. The Omid has a more intense taste and aroma while the Greta is more delicate in flavor. They suggest that you pair the highly creamy spread with cheeses, crostini, or even sweet pastries and ice cream. For now, the product is only widely available in the UK, but is available for pre-order in the US for only $16. We don’t know about you, but we’re hoping to find it in the nearest grocery store soon, right next to the Nutella.


Breakfast of Champions

Our Stories / December 14, 2012 / 1 Comment.

What’s the perfect breakfast? If you ask us, it would probably involve bacon and some kind of alcoholic drink. Yes, it’s not generally the best idea to drink first thing in the morning if you have actual things to accomplish – but if it’s a holiday, you called out “sick” from work or it’s a cold weekend morning, we think spiked breakfast drinks are a beautiful idea.
If you still need to have your morning coffee…

For people who like to sit and sip, try the Pumpkin Spice Margarita recipe from Sauza Tequila. Just combine 1/2 cup of cream, 2 tbsp. pumpkin spice syrup, 2 tbsp. sugar, 1 tbsp. vanilla extract, and 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice in a cup and stir it all up. Then pour in 1 1/2 cups of hot coffee and add 1/4 cup of tequila. If you’re feeling extra Martha Stewart-ish, garnish the drink with lots of whipped cream and cinnamon.

If you’re the type who likes 5 hour energy shots because sipping a cup of coffee doesn’t interest you, try the Bronx Bomber recipe from Austin bar, Peché. It can make a really big shot, or pour it into a few shot glasses – just combine a double shot of espresso, 1/8 oz. absinthe and 1 1/2 oz. gin and shake it all up in a cocktail shaker.

If you want to add some “oomph” to your juice…

If you need something different than your normal mimosa or Bloody Mary, try this Peach Bellini recipe from MrBreakfast.com. Just mix up 1/3 cup peach juice with 1 tsp. lemon juice (use real lemon juice, not the stuff from that stupid plastic lemon they sell in grocery stores) and 1 tsp. sugar. Pour that into a champagne flute and then top that off with champagne or some kind of sparkling wine. There will be a nice layer of peach juice and a layer champagne.

If you don’t feel like a mixologist in the morning…

We suggest Baileys or Kahlua on the rocks. And if you’re not into spirits that early, open a bottle of Guinness.

Got any breakfast cocktail suggestions for us? We promise to try them, just send us a recipe.