ST. LOUIS — What’s brunch without a bloody mary? When it comes to the classic drink in St. Louis, we have one of the best options around.
The city’s own Southside Alchemy, known for its handcrafted bloody mary mix, recently brought home an award in a worldwide competition.
The annual Drunken Tomato Awards honored Southside Alchemy’s Sweat & Tears mix with a gold medal in the “spicy” category.
Judges noted its “Medium consistency; sweet mild heat with underlying celery flavors; good heat build, good level of acidity, and good thickness.; pretty spicy. Black peppery spice."
It’s the second year in a row the awards honored the St. Louis creation. Last year, Sweat & Tears won a gold medal – which is the second best award behind platinum – in the “new release” category.
“I was testing the waters last year, so to speak, and wasn't sure which category to enter it in so I went with new release. To win gold again in the spicy category is extremely humbling,” said Southside Alchemy creator Todd Brutcher.
But that wasn’t the only award for the St. Louis company. The recently released Mild Mannered variety earned a silver medal in the “mild” category.
Judges wrote, “It's thick and has a lot of body; Beautiful look in the glass, with some hefty thickness.; Thickness if you like that; There isn't anything specific that stands out with this, but that's not a bad thing. It's a little spicy for a "mild" mix, but a good general mix."
Southside Alchemy is sold at several farmer markets and local retailers. For a full list and details, visit Southside Alchemy’s website.