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Bud & Alley’s wins at Bloody Mary Festival, celebrates Coastal Living happy hour

Posted on Nov 01, 2015 in Bud & Alley's , Bloody Mary Festival , November-December 2015

Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant bartender, Mo Moseley (right), accepts the First Place Judges Award at the inaugural Bloody Mary Festival on Sept. 19, 2015. Photo courtesy Bud & Alley’s

The popular Bloody Mary cocktail poured by the mixologist team at Bud & Alley’s Waterfront Restaurant won two awards at the inaugural Bloody Mary Festival in September at The Market Shops in Miramar Beach.

Bud & Alley’s competed against 14 Northwest Florida-based restaurants and bars that were asked to concoct a bloody mary with Cathead Vodka. The Bud & Alley’s rendition included the restaurant’s house made signature bloody mary mix garnished with cherrywood smoked bacon, spicy gulf shrimp, spicy pickled bean and a pickled okra. This spirited, savory cocktail earned the first place Judge’s Award and second place for the People’s Choice Award.

“I’m so bloody proud of my (general manager), Kirk Williams, front of house manager, Grant Hill and our incomparable bartender, Mo Moseley, for their good work in creating the winning bloody mary as we enter our 30th season in Seaside. We will happily carry this title until next year’s wonderful event,” said Bud & Alley’s founder and owner Dave Rauschkolb.

Bud & Alley’s was one of Coastal Living’s 10 restaurants that celebrated Toast on the Coast, featuring its Dark & Stormy drink. Top right and bottom photos by Chase Yakaboski

The charity event was attended by 500 people who, in addition to sampling bloody marys, also sipped on mimosas and craft beers and enjoyed light bites and live music. Proceeds will benefit Sinfonia Gulf Coast, which marks its 10th anniversary season in 2015-2016.

During a separate event also in September, Coastal Living magazine, in honor of its first-ever Food Issue, held a nationwide happy hour. Bud & Alley’s, one of the magazine’s 10 favorite restaurants and bars, participated, serving its version of the brooding rum-based cocktail Dark & Stormy on its rooftop deck bar as the sun set during the first-ever event called Toast the Coast.

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