The Sun Also Rises On The Bloody Mary

Food & Drink

What’s better than a cold Bloody Mary on a cool fall morning? Try having the classic drink in one hand and classic literature in the other.

Writer/drinker Ernest Hemingway helped popularize the Bloody Mary in the 1920s after Fernand Petiot, an American bartender at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris, mixed tomato juice and vodka 1:1. A patron told him to call it “Bloody Mary” after a girl he knew and after the Bucket of Blood Club in Chicago and an accidental icon was born.


The Storied Sunrise Cocktail Crate is the ultimate homage to Hemingway, pairing a smoke-infused Bloody Mary mix with a copy of his debut novel, The Sun Also Rises.

My husband and I are no strangers to the glory that awaits within every Man Crates crate. This one was no different—but, holy crap, was it hard to get into. We (and by we, I mean he) must have spent a good 15 minutes cranking on that crowbar, desperately trying to not walk away as Edward Splinter Hands.

It was worth it. I’m a super fan of great books and Keil’s in it to win it with great cocktails.

What’s in the crate:

  • Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary Mix, 750 ml.
  • Bloody Mary Cocktail Nuts, 6 oz.
  • Pickled Red Pepper Green Beans, 16 oz.
  • 2 Personalized Mason Jar Glasses, 16 oz.
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, Hardcover
  • Crowbar
  • Crate

We took this party with the classics out behind our place in downtown Long Beach and threw recipes to the wind. It’s pretty easy to do when you’ve already got an incredible mix just waiting to be savored.

The Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary Mix and our Belvedere Vodka blended beautifully. I’d never had a Bloody Mary before, and seeing as this was my first time, the combo of the drink, the city, the literature and my man was definitely something to remember.

We brought our own diced limes to this party for two, but the cocktail nuts and pickled green beans were the spicy cherry on top. Other common garnishes for Bloody Mary’s include celery stalks, pickle spears, olives, bacon and shrimp. If you want something more outlandish, we’ve got you covered there too.

Our immediate reaction to tasting our masterpiece was a whole lot of, “Woo! Whoa! SPI-cy!” Which, I guess if you’re doing it right, is right on the money. Taking into account that this crate showed up with personalized mugs, a mix that made a Long Beach parking lot sipping party possible, and literature that made us feel classy and cultured, I’d say the Storied Sunrise Cocktail crate was a total win.

Recreating the back cover was a happy accident. Cheers!

Images: Ally Guindi, Heather & Keil Elkins