Oh, the joys of living in Long Beach. The sun, the weather, yoga at the beach and finding a local Bloody Mary mix that is hard to ignore. I actually came across this mix on Instagram when I was posting my pics and received an invitation to taste Backyard Mary to the upcoming UCLA Game. I was tailgating and they say my UCLA Bloody Mary pic and we made a connection! Love when that happens.
One of the following weekends I stumbled upon the Backyard Mary at a local Farmer’s Market at Alamitos Bay. It was love at first taste and now has become one of my new favorites (outside my own concoction, of course). Allow me to introduce you to the Backyard Mary.
A fellow B.M. enthusiast set out on a journey in 2012 to make a bloody good mix and dedicated to making it consistent with all natural ingredients. “We gathered a mass amount of spices coupled with Tomato Juice, Worcestershire, Lemon Juice, Tabasco, and Horseradish. Six months later we came up with a mix with 8 different spices and a kicker that maintains a consistent taste.”
I was wandering the Long Beach Southeast Farmer’s Market and saw the Backyard Mary stand promoting their variety of mixes (different level of spices) and one of their many mascot dogs, Shaq, was chilling on a warm day in December. (Meet the rest of the Doggy Mary’s on their website.) Of course, the dog drew my attention first and I then realized it was the mix I was in search of ! I had the pleasure of meeting Andy and started my sampling tour right away. The mix is vibrant in color with specks of spice floating about and is stored in Mason Jar with the three dog mascots displayed on the jar with an expiration date. The Backyard Mary has a variety of levels to satisfy all taste buds. I hit the Mo Spicy and the Happy Spicy (sorry, Wussy Spicy…I am not interested.) I was so pleasantly surprised and impressed. The Mo Spicy was hot and close to the heat I usually like when I make my own mix. I did, however, settle for the Happy Spicy for the guests who were coming in town for the Holidays. You can always spice it up your own without blowing up your friends.
Local Bloody Mary Enthusiast Mix-The Backyard Mary
What were the first things I noticed? The Horseradish did not overwhelm the taste. (Thank God!) It was just the right level. Remember, I am a huge snob when it comes to the overuse of Horseradish. It is the undoing of any good Mary. This mix has a great taste of freshness. Even comes with an expiration date as it is as fresh as it comes without the additives and preservatives you will find in those mixes that stay on the shelf for an eternity. It has a variety of ingredients that make for a perfect line up: Tomato Puree, Water, Worcestershire Sauce (Distilled White Vinegar, Molasses, Water, Sugar, Onions, Anchovies (NICE!!!! Be sure to serve your Bloody Mary with Anchovy Stuffed Olives…Always!), Salt, Garlic, Cloves, Tamarind Extract (That’s a new one!), Natural Flavorings, Chili Pepper Extract, Distilled White Vinegar, Salt, Cayenne, Horseradish Sauce-Sauce? (Distilled Vinegar, Water, Parsnips, Horseradish, Salt, Sugar, Flavoring, Titanium Dioxide), Lemon Concentrate, Black Pepper, Spices includes Celery Seed, Coriander Seed, Chili Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder. You can tell that the Lemon Concentrate isn’t that tart store bought variety but that of fresh Lemon. The fresh ingredients really stand out. Put this mix in a line up and you would think it was freshly made. That really grabbed my attention. Another great quality was the Salt content. It wasn’t one of those mixes where you are smacked with a Salt Lick. I am a Salt fiend at times but there are so many mixes where it feels like the Morton Salt Girl went on a bender and unleashed the quarry of Salt into a mix as an April Fool’s joke.
The momentum behind this mix is going like gangbusters! They have a whole page dedicated to all of the locations they can be found at. From local Liquor Stores to Bars and Restaurants. Movin’ and groovin’ through the OC and even made it’s way to the Magic Castle in LA. You can also see them branchin’ out to Las Vegas, Arizona and even Wyoming.
To add to the excitement they were highlighted in The Cigar & Spirits Magazine’s January issue where Backyard Mary made their Top Products of 2014 and was named the #1 Bloody Mary Mixer in the World. Yes, that is right…the world. Way to represent SoCal!
If you are looking for a new and awesome mix that is more than up and coming….get yourself to the Backyard Mary. You will feel right at home with this and it is perfect to share with your friends on a lazy Sunday…or any day of the week really. I never box myself in as to when a Bloody Mary should be enjoyed. You shouldn’t either!
Find this, enjoy this and drink this! http://www.backyardmary.com/
Let me know what you think!