A few weeks ago, we were hand-delivered a curious package here at the Houston Press office. It was a big wooden crate with sturdy rope handles, and it was packed full of five large glass bottles of bloody mary mix. Our administrative assistant immediately went wild over the wooden crate, which he thinks would make a great addition to his bicycle. I immediately went wild over the plethora of different bloody mary mixes, as the vodka/tomato juice/spice combo is my all-time favorite cocktail.
So I set about (with a few of my kind and brave co-workers) to taste-test all five varieties of Bloody Revolution bloody mary mix and rank them in order of deliciousness. Unfortunately, we had no vodka for this experiment, so now our esophaguses are burning and we don't even have a good buzz to show for it.
The good news is most of these are pretty darn good. Bloody Revolution launched in Austin in late 2013, and it's already available here in Houston at H-E-Bs across town. We like supporting Texas products when we get our drink on, and we've been looking for a new mix to give Zing Zing a run for its money.
Here's what we think about the five Bloody Revolution flavors:
5. Wasabi Ginger How BR describes it: "A mind scrambler. Top notes of savory umami soy merge into a sweet rice vinegar middle. Then brace yourself for an explosive Asian horseradish head rush." How we describe it: "A stomach scrambler." "Top notes of savory dirt and something that burns a little too much on the way down." "DO NOT WANT."
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4. Ribeye How BR describes it: "Hearty, beefy, robust and tangy with a smoky, slightly sweet finish. Bold and flavor-stuffed, it's chest-beating steak in a bottle." How we describe it: "Why is it sweet?" "It tastes like someone poured steak sauce into bloody mary mix." "Can I get the steak on the side?"
3. Pickle Zing How BR describes it: "The sharp, cheek quivering sour is balanced by cool, crisp, clean garden notes. The lightest and zestiest of the group. Prepare to be shocked and fascinated." How we describe it: "Hmm not bad." "I think I like this one. I like pickles." "I'd drink that if there was vodka in it. Or with a pickle."
2. Original How BR describes it: "Finally, a 'nothing-else-needed' bloody mary mix. Complex, savory vegetables blend with spicy nuances you'll discover sip by sip." How we describe it: "Ooh I like this one." "Needs more heat, but it tastes good." "This is the best of all of them. It's very tomato-y."
1. Smoked Habanero How BR describes it: "Addictive heat. The spiciest of the group. Bold, robust, smoky flavor takes the lead and habanero sneaks in behind." How we describe it: "Hands-down favorite. Love the heat and the smokiness." "I like really spicy bloody marys, so this is perfect." "Can I take this one home with me?"