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Intoxicology's bloody mary box features a locally made mix

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SR Southside Bloody Mary from Intoxicology for publication May 25, 2022

The Southside Bloody Mary features the locally made Sweat & Tears Bloody Mary mix from Southside Alchemy as a base. Everything you need to make it comes in a grab-and-go cocktail box from Intoxicology in the Grove. 

Q • I recently enjoyed a tasty bloody mary at a friend’s backyard brunch. All the ingredients came in a box from Intoxicology in the Grove. I would like the recipe for the bloody mary and suggestions to dress it up.— P. B. Keen, Southampton

A • Mixologists and cocktail educators Melissa Pfeiffer and Andy Foerstel, owners of Intoxicology in the Grove, came up with the idea of grab-and-go cocktail boxes during the pandemic. The idea proved so popular it’s now a staple of their spirited business.

“The Southside Bloody Mary box is one of our best sellers,” Foerstel says. The box includes vodka, bacon rim salt, dill pickle cocktail stirrers, meat sticks, but the star of the box is Southside Alchemy’s Sweat & Tears bloody mary mix.

“The Sweat & Tears mix is the perfect consistency for the drink — not too watery, and not too thick,” Foerstel says, “plus it’s made here in St. Louis by Todd Brucher.”

“The mix is so well-balanced. It’s made with dry spices. The heat comes from red pepper flakes, not hot sauce, so there’s no vinegary note, just a nice heat,” Pfeiffer says. “The addition lemon or lime juice used to make the drink tames the heat. We learned that trick from Todd. We tell our customers to adjust to taste with the citrus.”

The classic glass for this sipping drink is a tall pint glass, but for a true Southside vibe, make it in a Mason jar. To salt or not to salt the rim is always a choice, but when bacon salt is on the table, it’s hard to resist. “The bacon salt really works — tomatoes and bacon are a natural pairing,” Foerstel says.

The box includes a ready-made garnish — jar of dill pickles threaded on a skewer with an olive, a bit of red pepper and a carrot — in a dill and garlic brine. “There are so many ways to garnish a bloody mary people can make the garnish to their liking,” he says.

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