Episode 1: The Bloody Buddy

Did you know that the bloody mary cocktail is one of the most popular cocktails sold in America? It’s so popular that many barbecue competitions feature a side contest for the best bloody mary. You see quite elaborate decorations for bloody marys, from bacon served as a garnish to even a cheeseburger slider. The World Food Competition 2019 featured its own bloody mary competition.

The Bloody Buddy Episode 2

Here we introduce you to James “Buddy” Jordan and Joey Kindred, the owners and creators of The Bloody Buddy, the first and only ready-to-drink bloody mary vodka cocktail. The key ingredient in the Bloody Buddy is the chili-pepper-infused vodka and homemade bloody mary mix combined in one convenient bottle. Everything is made at their distillery in Dripping Springs, Texas. The Bloody Buddy is  preservative free, non-GMO, and all natural. The Bloody Buddy is a spicy & fresh bloody mary for any occasion. Just shake and pour over ice.

Buddy and Joey created the homemade bloody mary with chili pepper infused vodka when they worked as bartenders at a high-end Austin steakhouse. The drink became so popular, the pair looked into ways to make it happen. With business prowess of Joey’s father Mike, the Bloody Buddy was born into reality. Mike’s fingerprint still appears on every bottle sold as a tribute to his memory and lasting imprint in making the business a reality.

The first episode of the Bloody Buddy series on Backroads and BBQ features Buddy and Joey telling the story of how they got started and what inspires them. The second episode features the behind-the-scenes tour. We got to try the pure vodka, then the vodka infused with the chili peppers. We saw their ingredients, just like you would have at home, except in much larger quantities. We saw their processing plant. And, we were invited to sign the ceiling as with other honored guests.

Did you know that Bloody Buddy is all-natural and gluten-free?! When the Worchestershire sauce became gluten-free, the Bloody Buddy also became gluten-free.

Bloody Buddy makes their own vodka from distillates. They infuse with a proprietary blend of chile peppers. And it’s amazing! They are talking about a special edition hatch green chile Bloody Buddy. What do you think of that? (We think, YES PLEASE!)

They consider themselves a complete day-drunk company! They are coming out with a Beach Buddy in the Spring. We cannot wait for that!

Shout out to cousin Jack Crouch for joining me for these episodes!

The Bloody Buddy is the real deal. Check out their website at www.thebloodybuddy.com and try it today.

Written by Chef John O'Neil