Bloody Mary Taste Test Part 1

Ever since my friends Rob and Helen took me out to my birthday brunch, I have been obsessed with Bloody Marys I hadn’t had one since I was 25 years old and didn’t realize how much I had missed them. Since then I’ve gone to a few different places for brunch and have wanted to try making my own.

The Fixins!

The Fixins!

I went to Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits to look for some bloody mary mixes. I bought  Stirrings, Tabasco, Zing Zang and of course a bottle of Absolut Peppar. Sunday morning I decided to do a little taste test of my own. Keep in mind, just because I didn’t like something, doesn’t mean it’s bad and I am certainly not bashing any of them.  It’s my mouth and my blog so it’s my opinion.

Tabasco brand Bloody Mary Mix + Absolut Peppar

Tabasco brand Bloody Mary Mix + Absolut Peppar

I started out with the Tabasco brand. It was good, and spicy but was missing something, I think perhaps it was missing the celery or maybe not enough horseradish not sure but it didn’t really do it for me. If I was served this in a restaurant I’d drink it, and it would be fine, but I wasn’t in love love love with it.

I then drank some water to “cleanse my palate” (ha).

Stirrings + Absolut Peppar

Stirrings + Absolut Peppar

Next up was the mix from Stirrings, and it pretty much tasted like cocktail sauce which I am NOT a fan of.  What the other lacked in celery this one made up for by the ton and I didn’t really taste any horseradish. To me it was really on the sweet side and I tend to like it on the spicy more tangy side.

I drank MORE water… palate cleansing again.

Zing Zang + Absolut Peppar

Zing Zang + Absolut Peppar

Finally I tried the Zing Zang, and it was love at first sip. This was what I had been waiting for, all my life.  My friend Helen told me about it and said it was good, and she was 100% correct. It is spicy, you can taste the celery and the horseradish but it isn’t crazy overpowering.  It’s just a great mix of spicy tangy flavors.

Zing Zangs + Abolute Peppar + a lil' Texas Pete's

Zing Zangs + Abolute Peppar + a lil’ Texas Pete’s

After I found the mix that I love, I decided to play with it to make it even spicier, this is where good ole Texas Pete comes into play.  I added some Zing Zang.

Absolut Peppar

Absolut Peppar

Next comes the Absolut Peppar.

Well Hello, Texas Pete!

Well Hello, Texas Pete!

Next Mr. Texas Pete (it’s all I had in the fridge).

Zing Zang + Absolut + Texas Pete + Ice

Zing Zang + Absolut + Texas Pete + Ice

Then I added more of the Zing Zang and mixed it up. I actually got the idea for the Wing Sauce from my favorite brunch place who serves the best bloody marys in town.  I won’t reveal the name here, because they may want to keep it a secret and I don’t want to be “that person”.

If anyone out there has any Bloody Mary recipes or mixes that they swear by, I’d love to hear about them.  I love trying new things and then there will be a part two!!!

PERFECTION!

PERFECTION!

Sunday Brunch at Cibo e Beve

Surprisingly enough, after our awesome meal at Cardamom Hill we were hungry Sunday morning and had brunch at Cibo e Beve. This was their second week at doing brunch, and had they not told me I would have never known that. We’ve been to Cibo e Beve before for dinner and ate at the bar where we were lucky enough to have Justin as our mixologist. The man is a genius when it comes to the perfect cocktail. I was in the mood for more of a breakfast style brunch so I didn’t enjoy a cocktail, was a bit to early for me and I didn’t want to end up sleeping on the couch all day.

Cibo e Beve

Cibo e Beve – Menu

As a starter we ordered the It’s The JAM! homemade breakfast bread, homemade jams. This was presented on a large board and had 4 slices of banana bread and biscuits. Also included were butter and two types of homed jam, one being peach and the other fig. Chad’s favorite was peach and mine was the fig. I had never had fig jam before and I loved it.

Cibo e Beve

Cibo e Beve – It’s the JAM!

For my main I had the Eggs Any Styletwo farm eggs any style, Nueske’s bacon, pan fried Tuscan potatoes, southern brioche toast. The eggs were perfectly scrambled, the bacon was delicious the potatoes were quite flavorful and were pan fried with some sweet onion and I was quite stuffed when we left.

Cibo e Beve

Cibo e Beve – Eggs any Style

Chad ordered the Smoked Brisket Tuscan Burger  – fresh ground brisket and brasstown beef served on a toasted brioche bun with mozzarella, Nueske’s bacon, lettuce and tomato, pan fried Tuscan potatoes. Chad was assuming that he wouldn’t finish the whole burger, but he did and he seemed to really like it as well. I never did ask for a bite, and I wish I had it sure looked good!

Cibo e Beve

Cibo e Beve – Smoked Brisket Tuscan Burger

I have to say that I thought that the coffee was excellent. Usually coffee is too weak for me as I drink it black, but theirs was plenty bold for me. So keep in mind that if you like weaker coffee then don’t try and drink this black. I thought it was perfect.

Cibo e Beve

Cibo e Beve – Great coffee

All in all I really enjoyed brunch at Cibo e Beve, and I think they did a great job considering it was only their second week doing brunch. Cheers!

On a very happy note, my nails are still going strong, no CHIPS! Day #9.