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My review today brings us to Reno, Nevada where Mt. Rose Drinks creates two Bloody Mary mixes: their Classic Bloody Mary mix and a Bacon Bloody Mary mix. Named for the mountain near Lake Tahoe (hint: the tallest mountain in Washoe County, Nevada aka Mount Rose), Mt. Rose was created by Josh and Mindy, a couple who were seeking higher quality cocktail mixes than those currently on store shelves. Mt. Rose produces an array of premium cocktail mixes– from margarita mix to grenadine bar sweetener– out of Reno, Nevada. The good people at Mt. Rose sent me a package the other week full of products to try. They sent out their Classic Bloody Mary mix, Bacon Bloody Mary mix, and Margarita mix. Margaritas aren’t usually my forte, but I enjoy one every once and awhile. Their mix was sweet and made with cane sugar taboot. You can read my full review of both Bloody Mary mixes below.
As a side note: As a product reviewer, I write unbiased reviews, which do not put weight upon whether or not the product was sent to me for free. I strive to provide honesty and transparency on Bloody Mary Tour– all emotions aside.
Bacon: Filtered water, pure cane sugar, tomato paste, salt, Worcestershire, citric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium as preservatives, celery seed, black pepper, xanthan gum, natural flavors, sodium metabisulfite as a preservative, red pepper sauce.
Classic: Filtered water, pure cane sugar, tomato paste, salt, Worcestershire, citric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium as preservatives, celery seed, black pepper, xanthan gum, natural flavors, sodium metabisulfite as a preservative, red pepper sauce.
Bacon: A tangy and sweet mix with the slightest tinge of meaty flavor.
Classic: This mix tasted pretty much the same as the Bacon mix.
What differentiates Mt. Rose Drinks Bloody Mary Mixes From Other Bloody Mary Mixes?
Both mixes use pure cane sugar as in ingredient, so only natural sweetener is present. The mixes aren’t spicy at all, which is hard to come by in most Bloody mixes. There’s no horseradish or hot spice that may leave a burning sensation in your mouth after drinking.
From the Looks of It
Mt. Rose Drinks Bloody mixes are packaged in classic glass bottles adorned with a crisp white label containing a bright red tomato. When I did the shake test, you could see celery seed and black pepper floating throughout.
Bacon: The Bacon mix is not thick and is pretty light in texture. I couldn’t really taste any bacon flavoring at all and was a bit confused as to why the mix is marketed as a bacon Bloody Mary mix.
Classic: The regular mix is also of a light texture characterized by notes of tang and salt. It had a relatively muted flavor. It was nearly identical to the bacon mix.
I made Bloodies with both Mt. Rose Bloody Mary mixes by first rimming each glass with Demitri’s Bacon RimShot! and filling each glass with ice. I then poured in 1.5 oz of vodka into each glass and then added the Bloody mixes. I garnished each Bloody with a large slice of peppered bacon, mozzarella cheese, a pickled beet, a mini orange pepper, goat cheese-stuffed olive, two kalamata olives, and a celery stalk. Honestly, each Bloody Mary tasted the same between both the Bacon Bloody Mary mix and the Classic mix. Upon looking at the ingredient lists, there was no difference in ingredients between both mixes (except maybe the “natural flavors”). Each Bloody Mary was a light texture and your average Bloody Mary. In my honesty as a product reviewer, nothing amazing stood out to me about these Bloody Marys.
So How Were The Mixes?
Both Mt. Rose Bloody Mary mixes were somewhat underwhelming. The cane sugar made the mixes too sweet for my liking and both of the mixes tasted the same. That leaves me wondering if these mixes are in fact the same mix. The only thing that could be different between the two would be the “natural flavors,” which leaves the consumer to wonder what these flavors are. I would rather have full disclosure of ingredients. That being said, these mixes may cater to people who want a classic Bloody Mary with no-frill additions.
You can check out Mt. Rose Drinks and their full list of products here.