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Giveaway! Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition 2

We came. We drank. We conquered.

If you couldn’t tell by our post, the inaugural Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition  in June was a huge success. And a killer good time.

Jam Productions is at it again for part deux. September 14th at Park West from 11am-2pm.

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For the latest round of competition, Chicago’s neighborhoods and cuisines are going head to head. Taste local 3 oz. samples with vodka care of Prairie Organic Vodka. And what would a bloody be without a Miller High Life pony, the official sidecar of Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition.

As you sip and help decide the bloody winner, sample meat and cheese skewers from Whole Foods and snack on tasty foods from Ugly Mug Cafe, Tipsycake Cupcakes and Garrett’s Popcorn. Did we mention there will be giveaways?

We’re stoked to check out this stellar line-up:

  • Dusek’s
  • The Fifty/50
  • Kaiser Tiger
  • The Dawson
  • Schubas/Harmony Grill
  • Red Door
  • Lone Wolf
  • Porkchop
  • The Chicago Diner
  • Bow and Stern
  • Moxee Restaurant
  • Endgrain
  • Knife and Tine

Who will topple reigning champ, Fat Cat? Guess you’ll have to go and drink bloodies to find out for yourself. Consider this your bloody mary warm-up to Sunday’s Riot Fest line-up. Tickets are still available here for purchase.

Your chance to win two free tickets!

What’s better than attending Chicago’s best Sunday hangover cure? Attending it for free. We’re giving one lucky reader a chance to win two free tickets to Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition 2.

Doing any of the following will get you one entry each:

1. Tell us your favorite bloody in the lineup in our comments section below.

2. Like Chicago’s Bloody Mary Competition on Facebook and tell us you did so in the comments below.

3. Tweet or Facebook us your favorite bloody mary spot using hashtags #mybloodyfunday.

4. Share or retweet this post via Twitter or Facebook with hashtags #mybloodyfunday and #bloodybest.

Updated: Enter by 5pm, Sunday, September 7. Winners will be chosen at random with Open to people 21 years and older in the contiguous U. S. only.

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Our crush on Vintage Vine + a giveaway

Said it before and we’ll say it again: we’re getting hard to impress.

Snobbery? Maybe. Increasingly high standards? More likely.

You see, there are a lot of good bloody marys. The kind you sip at brunch or a tailgate that are perfectly tasty but not something you’d gush about in your diary later. Every so often though, a bloody mary blows your mind when you least expect it.

This is how we felt trying Vintage Vine bloody mary mix for the first time. *Explode*


First things first: it’s made in Chicago, Lincoln Park to be precise, giving it a homecourt advantage.

Second, it’s straight-up legit inside and out. It stays true to its mantra, handcrafted in small batches with the finest, all natural ingredients. It makes a seriously fresh tasting bloody mary that you wouldn’t expect to find in a bottle, err, jar.

While we’re on the subject, let’s talk about the ridiculously cute Mason jar packaging. The sustainability is a win in our books because we can reuse the jar for leftovers or infusing vodka.

Back to the taste. This isn’t a bloody mary mix that tries too hard to be clever. Vintage Vine is so well made, it doesn’t need to be. Tomato is the predominant flavor, much like the original inventor of the cocktail likely intended. Next comes a spiciness that’s not for amateurs. It packs a hot pepper punch, not surprising considering the #2 ingredient is hot sauce. And it sure sneaks up on you. Not that we’re complaining. We love a little pain.


Of course, other standard ingredients dance together in this mix—steak sauce, Worcestershire, horseradish, garlic, to name a few. Together, it created a perfectly balanced, spicy, fresh bloody mary that we mixed with Absolut vodka. We added nothing else. Following this mix’s rule, we thought simple was better and garnished only with a lemon wedge.

We wouldn’t mind seeing Vintage Vine as the house mix at local bars and restaurants (ah hem, anyone taking notes?). Until then, find the mixes on the Vintage Vine website or at these locations.

Enter to win your own Vintage Vine mix

We loved Vintage Vine bloody mary mix so much, we’ve partnered with them to give one away to four of our readers!

Two ways to enter:

1. Name your favorite bloody mary mix in the comments of this post.


2. Like us on Facebook  or follow us on Twitter and share this giveaway pic! Be sure to tag us so we know you entered!


Enter by midnight Saturday, October 19. Winners will be chosen at random with Open to people 21 years and older in the contiguous U. S. only.

Good luck!

*Products were complimentary. Opinions and photography are our own. 

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