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!

Lunch at Watershed, their new location!

Chad and I ate at the original Watershed in Decatur on its last night at that location and have been waiting patiently to try the new Watershed since it opened. We decided to go Saturday morning for lunch and have a big lunch so we wouldn’t need to eat dinner as we were going to see “The Importance of Being Ernest” at Oglethorpe University that night.

Watershed Atlanta

Watershed Atlanta Menu

Watershed Atlanta Menu

Watershed Atlanta Menu

Watershed Atlanta Menu

Watershed Atlanta Menu


The space is gorgeous, nice and homey not to fussy, just simple and rather elegant. Our server was really good and knowledgeable about the food and provided great service. Oh and I got simple syrup with my tea to make it sweet. I love it when restaurants do this.
Watershed Atlanta

Watershed Atlanta – Interior

Watershed Atlanta interior

Watershed Atlanta interior

Watershed Atlanta interior

Watershed Atlanta Simple Syrup!


We had the following for our lunch:
Bar Snacks:
Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish, hot pepper slaw –
Fried crawfish pie
Entrees:
Chicken fried steak sandwich lettuce, tomato, country gravy, firecracker green beans
Fried pimento cheese sandwich tomato basil soup
Dessert:
Very good chocolate cake in a jar

Bar Snacks:
Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish
Let me start out by saying that I had no idea what a Goujonette is, but here is the definition from RecipeTips.com:
Goujonette: A thin strip of fish that has been cut from the fish fillet. Also referred to as a fish finger or baton, the goujonette is cut across the width (not length) of a raw fillet, providing a strip, generally less than 1 inch wide, that is cut from the top to the bottom of the fish fillet. A goujonette is typically batter fried so it maintains a thin narrow shape and is served as an appetizer.

This is exactly what it was, but the cool part was, that it came with lettuce, slaw and tartar sauce and you got to make a lettuce wrap with the catfish. It’s not usually my thing but it was absolutely delicious. The slaw isn’t like normal slaw it had a bit of an Asian flavor to it and the tartar sauce had a great flavor as well, and all the flavors and textures together were a homerun in my book.

Goujonettes of n.c. catfish

Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish


Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish

Goujonettes of North Carolina catfish


The fried crawfish pie – This was delicious as well, I preferred it to the one we had gotten from the other location. This had such a light and flaky crust to it, and plenty of crawfish and a nice rich roux inside another homerun!
Watershed's Fried Crawfish Pie

Fried Crawfish Pie


My Entrée:
The fried pimento cheese sandwich and tomato basil soup, the soup was fantastic. It had the perfect amount of salt and basil to it, it was too salty which is important to me the flavor was great. The fried pimento cheese sandwich was really awesome. You can’t really go wrong with a fried cheese sandwich, can you? It was lightly breaded with what I think was cornmeal and it held together well when I dunked it into the soup. YUM…. Grand slam, perhaps!
Watershed's Fried Pimento Cheese sandwich with Tomato Basil Soup

Fried Pimento Cheese sandwich with Tomato Basil Soup


Chad’s Entrée:
Chicken fried steak sandwich with country gravy and firecracker green beans. I took a bite and it was pretty spectacular. The firecracker green beans were interesting the firecracker was kind of like a tomato sauce. All in all I liked it, and he ate the whole thing so I think he did too.
Watershed's Chicken fried steak sandwich & firecracker green beans

Chicken fried steak sandwich & firecracker green beans

Watershed's Chicken fried steak sandwich & firecracker green beans

Chicken fried steak sandwich & firecracker green beans


For dessert:
Very good chocolate cake – in a jar.
The chocolate cake, I have to say was VERY GOOD. Moist and chocolaty with very light whipped cream on top. It was really cute in the jar. Our server kindly offered to split it on separate plates for us, but I felt like we’d be missing something such as, the jar. I would go back just for the cake. They weren’t lying. It IS very good Chocolate cake – in a jar.
Watershed's Very Good Chocolate Cake - in a jar

Very Good Chocolate Cake – in a jar

Watershed's Very Good Chocolate Cake - in a jar

Very Good Chocolate Cake – in a jar

I really enjoyed my lunch at Watershed, I’m glad we went, and I can’t wait to go for dinner. I really want to go on a Wednesday night when it’s fried chicken night but I’m not sure if I can get there in time. One of these days, maybe I’ll leave work early with the excuse of “needing fried chicken” hey it’s the south, it should work!

Give Watershed a try, the food is good, service is good and the space is gorgeous. It’s new location is on Peachtree Road at 28th street. They have valet parking, at lunch time we self parked.