Breakdown of a Bloody Mary

Well known as a hangover cure, a spicy treat on a brisk day and a perfect brunch companion, the Bloody Mary may well be the queen of cocktails. During Sister Bay’s Fall Festival, many people begin their day of revelry with a Bloody Mary.

Though this classic cocktail can be consumed any time of day, somehow it seems most appropriate before noon. Tomato juice – and of course the vodka – are key ingredients in this popular drink, but there are many unique takes on garnishes, beer chasers, and just how spicy it should be.

At Husby’s Food and Spirits, General Manager James Larsen breaks down their take on the Bloody:


Grab a pint glass. Rim the top with lime, then dip it in celery salt. Fill the glass with ice.


2 1/2 ounces of vodka.

1 1/2 ounces of Guinness

Homemade Bloody Mary Mix containing a combination of tomato juice, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt, horseradish, pickle juice and Tabasco.

“The Nitrogen in the Guinness gives the Bloody Mary a little carbonation,” Larsen said. “It also adds great flavor.”

The Garnish:

A stick of Pepper jack cheese, a sausage stick, green olive, pickle, and a wedge of lemon and lime.

The Chaser:

A choice of any 1 of 16 tap beers at Husby’s.

A debated addition to the traditional Bloody Mary, the beer chaser cleanses your palate to make each sip fresh with new flavor and spiciness.

“It’s a spicy bloody, but mild enough that everyone can drink it,” Larsen said.