The Perfect Bloody Mary With Demitri's

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Dan and I met in college. When we came home on breaks we would move back into our old bedrooms and stay with our parents, hopping from Seattle to my tiny island hometown from night to night. One of my favorite memories of that time is eating breakfast together with our families. It was that weird newness of just starting to date but knowing that we were going to be together for the long haul. One thing that I always thought was super weird, though, was his families love for Bloody Mary's. 

My family was not a breakfast cocktail family... not that that's a bad thing. I just had never had them in my youth (or even in college!) so by the time I was in my early twenties I was terrified of them and decided that they were disgusting as a survival method. If I pretended that I didn't like them then I could fully avoid the embarrassment of not knowing what my preference of beverage cocktails was, right?

I don't know how it happened, but eventually my husband convinced me to try a Bloody Mary at brunch and... I've never gone back. It was one of those classic instances of insisting that I hated something that was, in fact, absolutely delicious. I since have joined in the family ritual of breakfast cocktails and feel like I have fully integrated into the clan. Taking their last name wasn't enough, you know? I needed to like breakfast cocktails too.

We went over recently for a lazy family day of grilling and dog snuggles (can you tell why I married into this family yet?) so I brought along my news obsession: Demitri's Bloody Mary Mixes. Demitri's Mixes originated in Seattle after Demitri himself realized that Bloody Mary's were inconsistent at best. He set off on a vision quest (read: lots of trial and error) to make a premade mix that was totally full-proof and equal parts delicious. I tend to feel pretty meh about mixes that I haven't severely doctored myself, but Demitri's are gold. I appreciate the depth of flavor (see, I am a food blogger), the tartness, and the general lack of acidity. It tastes thoughtful, and not like a can of tomato soup- we've all been there. My mother-in-law was so obsessed (and she's an expert on perfect Bloody Mary's) that she snagged a few of my mix bottles and rim salt. I stole her son, so I guess we're even now. 

I couldn't get enough of the Bacon Rim Shot salt (which, also, LOL at that name) and the Classic Recipe Seasoning mixed with some tomato juice and ~vodka~. If you are like me and find yourself with an abundance of vegetables in your possession, I highly recommend using your favorite blender to make your own base. 

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ALSO if you end up making some yourself, tag me so that I can get inspired and also use #DrinkDemitris so we can stalk you. 

Cheers duderinos,

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This post was sponsored by Demitri's Gourmet Mixes. Demitri's also provided (delicious!) product for this post. That being said, all opinions expressed are 100% my own. Thank you, Demitri's for supporting Donuts + Down Dog! 

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