What John and Cait Ate: Bloody Marys are a Meal at Miller Park

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate Drank:

Miller Park Bloody Marys

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

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Bloody Mary-$11.00

Have you tried the Bloody Marys at Miller Park? Available on several carts around the ballpark, these tomato-based drinks are especially perfect for days like today–a Sunday afternoon game.

“We experimented with a way to try to make these very unique to the Brewers, like adding in Secret Stadium Sauce, but that just didn’t work out,” said Eric Sampson, Club Level Manager at SportService.

That’s okay though, because SportService still puts their own twist on these drinks by combining Smirnoff Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, we’re told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with fixin’s like olives, cheese, sausage bites, and a pickle.

This season, SportService has experimented with a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, but so far, they have found that it is difficult to offer that option on weekends like this one, with big crowds and two day games in a row. The Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level, however, has this option each Sunday with a plethora of fixin’s including: artichoke hearts, garlic, pepperoncinis, mushrooms, cheese, pickles, sausage bites, olives, celery and more.

Cait: Let me start off by getting this out of the way:like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys. They are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale. I make it a point to attend the Tomato Romp on Milwaukee’s East Side each year; I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary burgers, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

The spicy option has just the right amount of kick and, even if you don’t get to build your own Bloody, the fixin’s that come standard are perfect as well. Cheers!

John: Cait is most definitely the “go to” person when it comes to Bloody Marys.  I enjoy a good Bloody Mary here and there, but Cait’s opinion here should be taken a little more seriously than mine.  Everyone has a personal preference when it comes to Bloody Marys.  My preference is just a little bit of spice and I prefer not to have it loaded with “groceries.”  I don’t need everything that can be found in a kitchen tossed in.  A couple of olives, maybe a cheese cube (I’m from Wisconsin after all!), a lemon wedge–whatever–just keep it simple with a few garnishes and I’m good.  

The Blood Mary carts allow you to choose your preferred level of spiciness.  Already off to a good start!  The garnishes were simple and didn’t overpower the drink, just the way I like it.  A very generous portion will last you a couple of innings and this treat is sure to please.  Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.  On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level.

 

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack-or drink? Want to dispute our review? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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