I have been doing reviews for 5 plus years now, and every now and then you run across a “character” that you know will be someone you will want to meet sometime in the future. You get that feeling from your first contact that you are dealing with a nice guy with a good sense of humor. Enter The Murph, Stephen “The Murph” Murphy. A Long Islander much like myself, a Met fan much like myself, so we all ready had much in common to talk about through our email exchanges. I recognized his bottles from Peppers of Rehoboth, DE, but I had also seen the bottle at a local Italian Market called Iavarone in the town I grew up in- Wantagh, NY. I go to the grocery store all the time, and every single time I see The Murph Famous Bloody Mary Mix I think of my beloved NY Mets. The Mets’ TV and radio announcers I grew up with as a kid were Ralph Kiner and Bob Murphy. While the name The Murph doesn’t necessarily make me think of Bob Murphy, the picture of Stephen on the bottle reminds of a young Ralph Kiner. I told him this and he got a chuckle out of it.
Well, I do not want to bore you with my childhood memories or stories of yore. We are here to talk about a Bloody Mary mix. Why is it Fanous? Well maybe in his own mind it is famous, but the name stands out, and once you taste it, the name might stick for the next time you want one. I do not like Bloody Mary mixes, but one of our reviewers told me to get me a bottle while I was up in NY. He said it was awesome, even if I do not add the alcohol to it, it would be worth the purchase. I bought it on my way home to VA on a recent trip to Long Island to see my family. I took it right to my Minnesota Vikings’ fan club which I am a member and organizer of. Yeah Mets and Vikings fan, go figure. Anyway, I passed around some shots sans the alcohol. If you know anything about Minnesotians is that they love a good Bloody Mary Mix. They declared it to be top notch and one of the guys took the bottle home for New Years. Actually amidst the celebration of making the playoffs I forgot to take it back with me, and he grabbed it. I really liked it too, and took a few shots of it while I was watching the game. This was the first Bloody Mary mix that I actually liked. It could be spicier for my tastes, but the flavor was there. The Murph might know what he is doing!
I gathered 3 Stephens/Steves for this review- Steve “The Machine” Smallwood, our newest reviewer Steve Chambers is debuting with his first review today, and we have brought back long time ILIS reviewer Steve Smith from www.2hot2eat.com. Glad to have you back Mr Smith. Before I get to the reviews, I wanted to share a video I found on The Murph’s website that I got a big kick out of. I had to share it because it really shows you The Murph’s sense of humor. Then we share a little background with you too. You can also check out the website out too, and check out the catchy jingle.
ABOUT “THE MURPH”
Murph was born a flavor lover. A spice connoisseur from an early age, Murph grew up entranced by the different effects that could be created by mixing and adding to regular foods.
One day, Murph was sipping on yet another bland, flavorless Bloody Mary by a forgettable brand when a eureka moment struck. He would use his knowledge of the flavor combinations to make the ultimate cocktail mix. He would create a beverage so delicious and memorable that people would be asking for it by name. He would put out a drink that would be flavorful enough to drink with or without vodka, a taste so unique that it was only right to have been created by a man as individual as himself. And he would call it… The Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix.
From a kitchen table in Long Island, to bars and supermarkets all over America, touted by Kathie Lee and Hoda on the Today show as one of the best Bloody Mary mixes they had ever tried, The Murph’s Famous is taking over. With a taste that is as large and full of life as its creator, The Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary mix will have you converted. One Sip, One Believer!
Steve “The Machine” Smallwood