Bloody Mary Mix
Because August has no holiday, I feel called to celebrate summer Sunday mornings with a little bloody mary toast on the patio. It just feels right to leave the AC and soak in the humidity cut with a spicy glass of red. If you can’t be bothered to mix up a batch of your own, pick up locally made Spooky Bloody Mary Mix. The all-natural concoction comes in three heat levels: horseradish, original, and “friendly.”
I like the smoky balance and linger of spice on the back, and I love that it delivers a round veggie-tomato punch that isn’t overly sweet like other premixes. I’m also not above pouring some of this mix into a lager for a red beer, mixing it into ground beef for some saucy burgers, or using it as a marinade for grilled shrimp. Find it at Kowalski’s, Coborn’s, and Local D’Lish, or online at spookygourmethotsauce.net.