What’s a pickle maker to do with the unused brine? If you’re Stu Waters, you start concocting the perfect Bloody Mary Mix.
Stu, founder of Stu’s Sour Pickle, has been making pickles since culinary school, where he got hooked on the art of canning. After developing his delicious pickle brine, he started looking for something to do with the leftovers and for something to do in the canning off-season. He teamed with Rudi Schmidt, and the two developed the perfect Bloody Mary.
Brine that’s leftover from the pickle-making process is the signature ingredient in their Bloody Mary mix, complemented by Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco, and a smattering of other zesty spices. Stu mixes it all together to create a concentrated Bloody Mary starter. All you have to do is add tomato juice and vodka, your garnishes of choice, then sit back and enjoy. Each small jar of the mix has all the pickle juice and spices you need to make four pints. Cheers!