On a balmy Sunday afternoon during the spring of 2009, Ryan Eleuteri embarked on a quest to procure a high-quality commercially available Bloody Mary mix. Scouring the store shelves, he encountered a selection comprised solely of mass-produced concoctions riddled with fillers, stabilizers, and a plethora of unpronounceable ingredients. This limited array of options left him disenchanted with the offerings provided by local retailers, prompting him to take matters into his own hands. What commenced as mere culinary experimentation within the confines of his kitchen evolved into an extensive journey, spanning months, marked by exhaustive taste tests conducted alongside a diverse panel of participants, including friends, family, and strangers. While his initial intent had been to master the art of concocting the quintessential Bloody Mary, the process unexpectedly engendered a profound passion within him.
Harnessing inspiration from the storied pantries of the American South and an unwavering commitment to employing only the finest, all-natural, premium ingredients, Ryan, joined by a select cadre of distinguished experts from the southern food and beverage industry, meticulously crafted a Bloody Mary mix that transcended convention. Nearly two years following that fateful Sunday afternoon, set against the picturesque backdrop of downtown Charleston – the inaugural bottle of their flagship creation, the ‘Bold & Spicy’ mix, was poured at the annual CHS Wine and Food festival.
And the legend was born.
This spring, local Bloody Mary mix Charleston Mix took home the gold at the New York International Spirits Competition (NYISC). The expert, trade-only panel of judges awarded Charleston Mix Bold & Spicy the gold medal and named them Bloody Mary Mix of the Year for 2018.