The judges have voted.

On January 13 and 14, seven judges from all over the United States convened in Portland, Oregon to evaluate 52 entries in the Drunken Tomato Awards. Judges used a standardized judging form created specifically for Bloody Mary reviews. All entries were blind taste tested, and judges did not receive any information about the product manufacturer….

Under the weather? Get behind the bar!

Feed a cold, starve a fever. That’s what my mother always said, and no doubt her mother did too. Now that I’m a mom (with internet access, no less) I can tell you exactly what to feed your cold to get you back on your feet in no time. Each ingredient in this Bloody Mary…

Will the real Bloody Mary please stand up?

There’s a little doohickey in your brain called the reticular cortex, and its job is to control how much attention you’re going to give to all the billions of pieces of data coming at you every day. Did you ever buy a car and suddenly see that exact make and model all over town? Or…

When did I turn into my mother?

The other day, I said something to one of my kids, and I could swear it was my mother’s voice coming out of my mouth. Those catch phrases that used to make me roll my eyes make so much sense all of a sudden. Here are some of my favorites: “If you fall out of…

Forget Champagne on Valentine’s Day

Warning to the faint of heart: you’re about to meet Bloody Mary’s younger, hotter cousin. This is the Bloody Mary that will get your lover’s attention. Or get you that second date. Or just get your private parts the adoration they’ve been craving. Sure, it’s even better with a lot of vodka in it, but…

What vodka should I use in my Bloody Mary?

Dear Judy, What kind of vodka goes best with your Bloody Mary mix? Sincerely, Confused in the Liquor Store Dear Confused, There are sooooo many good options out there! I have favorites in all categories, so I’ll tell you some vodkas I like and you can decide for yourself. Plain Ol’ Vodka¬† There’s no need…

National Bloody Mary Day, January 1

Bloody Mary Day celebrates the Bloody Mary cocktail, which is described by some as the perfect hangover cure. So it should come as no surprise that National Bloody Mary Day is January 1! I thought this week might be a good time to reminisce about Bloody Mary’s origins, and suggest ways to celebrate the holiday…

What To Do If Your Bloody Mary Is Too Spicy

After almost a year and a half in business, I’ve met all sorts of people: newbies who think Portland Bloody Mary Mix is too spicy, die-hards who drink it with habanero vodka for an extra kick, and everything in between. If you’re in the it’s-too-spicy camp, this post will help you put out the flames…

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Me

You already know that I make the best Bloody Mary Mix in town, but unless you’re in my Inner Circle, you may not feel like you know me very well. Here are 5 things that you didn’t know about me to help break the ice. In 1980, I was a cheerleader for the Portland Timbers….

What’s high fructose corn syrup doing in your Bloody Mary?

Dear Judy, I see cane sugar on your nutrition label, but lots of other Bloody Mary mixes use high fructose corn syrup instead. What’s the difference? Sincerely yours, Sweetie Pie Dear Sweetie, I’m not gonna pull any punches here. HFCS is the worst. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) turns on your fat-storing hormones and is a…