After creating a few alcoholternatives to their (far from) “Standard” Bloody Mary (vodka topped with McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix, garnished with a dill sprig), the McClure boys decided it was time to give the new cocktails a test run on some local
boozehounds food and beverage enthusiasts.
I’m not one to turn down delicious drinks and fantastic company (laced with McClure’s pickles & potato chips, nonetheless) so I dropped by the gig, aptly titled “Bloody Monday,” hosted by Joe McClure and Philip Bator (editor of TFLN and Thrillist-Detroit) at Philip’s place.
Each drink, carefully concocted by tattoo artist/bartender Kristian Slywka, was made of McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix and a non-vodka liquor from Hendrick’s gin (yes, gin!) and Modelo Especial beer to Ardbeg 10-Year Old whiskey (my new favorite). The small crowd, which included Erin Rose of PositiveDetroit, The Solid Dudes, Ashley Woods, the livest redhead at MLive, Eat It Detroit‘s Nicole Rupersburg, video guru Matt Dibble, young wordsmith/renaissance man Ryan Patrick Hooper and Henry Balanon of Detroit Labs, to name a few, provided feedback on the drinks. As expected, good times were had, people were tagged via social networking sites and many Instagram shots were posted.
In case you had any doubts, yes, McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix works well with gin. And whiskey. And beer. Don’t believe me? Try ‘em for yourself. Below you’ll find the recipes from Monday’s soiree so that you can impress your friends at brunch this weekend. My pick is their Southbound but I encourage you to try them all and create some yourself.
100% agave tequila topped with fresh lime and McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix and Corona, served in chili-rimmed glasses and garnished with a cilantro-skewered lime.
Smoked Canadian whiskey topped with McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix and bacon marmalade, garnished with a peameal (bacon) skewer.
Olive and rosemary infused gin shaken with dry sherry, lemon, McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix, garnished with a rosemary-skewered olive.
Muddled cucumber, lime and chili peppers topped with gin and McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix, garnished with a cucumber-chili-lime skewer.
McClure’s Spicy Pickles juice with mescal and lemon, served with a Bloody Mary chaser, garnished with a McClure’s potato chip.
Bottoms up, babes!
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