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Bacon Bloody Mary

Bacon Bloody Mary

Cocktail Runner Up

  • Milwaukee Burger Co. | Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Milwaukee Division

the Cocktail:

At Milwaukee Burger Company, they’ve got a blockbuster beverage that’s not to be missed — the “Bacon Bloody Mary.”

“We’re excited that our Bacon Bloody Mary was chosen as a finalist,” said Sheehan. “I have to give credit where credit is due. Our district manager, Julie Krenz, invented the drink. Kent Letnes, one of our owners, and I liked the idea because, ‘Who doesn’t love bacon?’ This drink is packed with flavor. It has bacon-flavored vodka, plus three slices of different kinds of bacon — applewood, jalapeño, and sweet brown sugar — threaded onto skewers. It’s also garnished with celery, a pickle spear, olives and Wisconsin cheese curds. It’s one of our bestsellers.” And it’s hard not to see why!

the Restaurant:

At Milwaukee Burger Co. (MBC), their motto is “It’s the way it should be…and at Milwaukee Burger Co. it’s the way it is!” That’s clear when you glance through the menu, especially the burgers.

“We are a sports bar that specializes in great burgers and great brews,” said Brady Sheehan, who’s been kitchen manager since MBC debuted in 2008. “We have a lot of fun here, and we want our customers to have fun, too. Our staff enjoys collaborating on food and drink ideas.”

The menu has bacon written all over it. Many of the burger varieties feature the tasty strips, including the best-selling Brown Sugar Bacon Burger. The Bourbon and Bacon Shake is a trendy after-dinner drink made with ice cream, top-flight Bourbon, brown sugar bacon, caramel and cashews.

There are nearly 20 specialty burgers on the menu, and guests can opt for chicken breast or marinated Portobello mushroom, or up-size to a half-pound of beef. Burger choices do not stop there. An entire menu column is devoted to “Build Your Own Classic Milwaukee Burger” options. Chicken wings are for many a necessary component to watching sports, and an array of sauces and rubs provide varying degrees of heat. Bar bites, soups and salads and pub sandwiches complete this ambitious bill of fare.

MBC also bakes its own burger buns in-house each morning; makes-from-scratch its side dishes, soups, salad dressings and sauces; and serves its beer in frosty mugs. Speaking of beer, a vast selection of craft and premium beers are available to satisfy most every preference.

Weekly specials encourage repeat business. Monday night is Flight Night, which means that customers can taste four beers (5 ounces each) for five dollars. Happy Hour happens Monday through Friday, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday brings $1 off all Bloody Marys. There are six options, including the contest finalist.

Who doesn’t love bacon? This drink is packed with flavor. It has bacon-flavored vodka, plus three slices of different kinds of bacon.

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