This Mancrate Got Me Drunk Before Noon On A Workday

Lifestyle
Task & Purpose staff writer James Clark hard at work reviewing the Bloody Mary Crate from Mancrates.
Task & Purpose photo by James Clark

If you’re a drinker, then you’re intimately familiar with hangovers, but if you’re a pro, then you also know the cure: hair of the dog.


No drink does it better than the Bloody Mary. A tomato and vodka-based cocktail, the Bloody Mary has gone through a bit of a renaissance in recent years. What used to be a sad and underwhelming mixed drink served in a plastic cup at the local dive bar and made with V8 and vodka has been transformed. These days, the Bloody Mary is an artisanal cocktail that tastes good, kills your hangover, and puts some food in your empty stomach.

To that end, the Bloody Mary Crate from Mancrates has everything you need to make a delicious morning cocktail. Mancrates is an online catalog geared toward guys who love the idea of prying open a wooden box with nothing more than a crowbar, some muscle, and a little leverage.

Related: The Perfect ‘Shot’ Glass For The Modern Warfighter »

Delivered in a wooden crate with a small crowbar, this gift box will put hair on your chest in addition to giving you a nice buzz, though you’ll need to supply the booze. It’s easy to open, but if you need instructions on how to use a crowbar, they have some helpful advice on their site.

Task & Purpose photo by James Clark

The Bloody Mary Crate from Mancrates comes with three mixes, two pilsner glasses, seasoning for the rim, a six-pack of clamato tomato juice, and pepperoni straws.

Inside the box, which comes in at $74.99, you’ll find a six-pack of clamato tomato juice; a host of ingredients from Demitri’s: pepperoni straws; horseradish, chili and peppers and classic seasoning; bacon rimshot, which is a fancy way of saying chili powder, salt, and bacon bits for the rim; and two plastic pilsner glasses.

Task & Purpose photo by James Clark

The crate comes with Demitri’s classic seasoning, extra horseradish seasoning, and chilies and peppers seasoning.

For my Bloody Mary, I used Tito’s vodka and added a few kalamata olives. Personally, I prefer the classic seasoning, which adds a nice peppery aftertaste without being too spicey. The chilis and peppers mix is on the hotter side, so you’ll want to add a little to start, then adjust to fit your palate. The horseradish mix was saltier, but tastes great with the clamato, which is made with clam juice and already salty. One can of clamato, a double shot of vodka, and a quarter shot of seasoning poured over ice fills one of these pilsner glasses, with room left over for a slice of lime and a pepperoni straw.

Task & Purpose photo by James Clark

A Bloody Mary made from ingredients in the Bloody Mary Crate by Mancrates.

After spending my weekend at the bottom of a Bloody Mary glass, or several, I realized a few things. First, I prefer Demitri’s classic seasoning over the other two, which override your tastebuds if you don’t mix it perfectly. Second, while clamato juice makes a good base, it’s a bit on the salty side and gives your Bloody Mary a briney flavor. If you’re not a fan of seafood, I suggest ditching the clamato for some cheap and bland Bloody Mary mix, which you can then spice up with one of the three seasoning sauces from the crate. Finally, it’s never a bad idea to fry up some bacon to toss in as a garnish, especially if you’re like me, and get a little uneasy slurping your drink through a meat straw, but still want food in your cocktail.

Task & Purpose photo by James Clark.

Caption: The Bloody Mary Crate from Mancrates comes with bacon rimshot from Demitri’s, which is applied to the rim of one of the crate’s two plastic pilsner glasses.

If nothing else, it’s worth buying the crate for the classic mix and the rimshot, which are excellent together and make every sip taste like a Southern-style breakfast — think hashbrowns, bacon, and Heinz 57. In any case, all three mixes and the crate’s fixings do their job of getting you drunk before noon really well. So, if you’re on the hunt for a Bloody Mary starter kit for the weekend, or Friday morning, look no further.

Cheers.

Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Business Insider

If you're in the market for a bunker in the southwest, you're in luck. A decommissioned missile complex is now on sale outside of Tucson for nearly $400,000. The complex was home to an armed Titan II missile for 24 years, before it was decommissioned in the 1980s.

The structure is listed with Grant Hampton at Realty Executives. Now, the home is back on the market, and these photos show what lies underground in Arizona.

Read More Show Less

Connecting with the youths is all fun and games until Congress starts worrying you could accidentally expose the U.S. military to Chinese data collection, am I right?

Read More Show Less

A Florida Navy Reserve officer rescued a woman who was trapped in a sinking car, according to a report by CBS 47.

Read More Show Less

The Marine Corps will investigate whether another Marine has ties to a white supremacist group after he allegedly made racist comments on neo Nazi message boards that have since been taken down, according to a Marine Corps official.

Vice News reporters Tess Owen and Tim Hume first reported on Nov. 8 that at least three people who posted on the new defunct Iron March message boards were service members, but their story did not include any of the troops' names.

Newsweek reporters James LaPorta and Asher Stockler were able to independently confirm the identity of one of those service members as an active-duty Marine: Lance Corporal Liam J. Collins, an 0311 Rifleman assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.

Read More Show Less

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the United States knows the location of the third in command to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who killed himself last month during a U.S.-led raid.

"We have our eye on his third," Trump said during the question-and-answer session following a speech at the Economic Club of New York. "His third has got a lot of problems because we know where he is too."

Read More Show Less