Drink of the Week: Loaded Bloody Mary


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Why prepare a drink and a meal when you can consume both at once? The Dirty Dog restaurant in Waverly, Iowa, invented this mammoth of a cocktail, which is as nourishing (and caloric) as any item on its menu.

EXPERIENCE: Mix your best Bloody Mary mix and vodka in a pint glass. Now the fun begins. Grill up a pint-sized beef patty and stack with cheese and bacon in a mini bun. Skewer the little burger and slide some olives onto the top of the stick. Finish the "beverage" off with a long chunk of celery, pickle slice, and beef stick.

If the Bloody Mary is a hair of the dog drink, this is the St. Bernard of hangover cures. The all-American flavors combine for a salty, satisfying experience touting a variety of textures to sip and chew.

ADVICE: Concoct this masterpiece at home or, better yet, order it from the source. Waverly may be a small town, but it is home to some great eateries, fun outdoor concerts (Mumford and Sons will appear June 19), and the Wartburg College crowd. About an hour and 40 minutes north of Iowa City, it's worth the trip.

— by Emma McClatchey

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