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Oct 4, 2009 05:16 PM

High School Harry's Windsock Lounge Bloody Mary Recipe

So I'm really craving one of High School Harry's Windsock Lounge Bloody Marys. This famous "Upstair' Lounge at the old Kaanapali Airport, had (as far I was concerned) the best Bloody Mary in the world. This landmark bar closed in 1987 and was razed along with its Bloody Mary recipe. Any of my fellow chowhounders have an inkling as to how it was prepared? I will love you forever if you can help me out.

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  1. It just so happens that I was talking to the clerk at my local liquer store yesterday and he claimed to have the "secret" to High School Harry's famous bloody mary recipe, who I had never heard of by the way. According to him, the secret is a shot of Akvavit in the mix. I have tried it and I must admit it makes a pretty good bloody mary.

    Here is my personal recipe in case you are interested.

    2 ounces polish potato vodka
    1 ounce akvavit
    1.5 ounce lemon juice
    1/2 ounce worchestershire
    1/2 ounce hot sauce
    lots of ground black pepper
    6 - 8 ounces of clamato juice (I know that technically that makes it a bloody ceazar)
    a few ice cubes.

    I love that bloody mary recipe. Some folks put horsradish but to me that makes it taste like coctail sauce.

    I never had a Harry's bloody mary but I guess you can experiment to get it right. I would be interested to hear what you come up with...

    1. It also had fresh dill mixed in the drink.

      1. Have you considered emailing Blackie Gadarian to see if he would be willing to share the recipe? He has a blog and would probably be tickled to get a blast from the past.

        1. I took khuzdul's advice and emailed Blackie Gadarian for the real recipe and here is his response:

          Feb 5 (5 days ago)

          to me
          Denny: Sorry for the delay in answering. Yes, we copied it and used it at Blackie's Bar. Remember, we took the whole Windsock Lounge down to Blackie's Boat Yard/Blackie's Bar and attached it to the building.

          Take a look at our web site from time to time. We will be adding the story of the windsock lounge soon. In the meantime, look at the upcoming jazz event we are holding here on Feb. 23, 2013. Regards, Sara and Blackie Gadarian

          Here it is:

          Windsock Lounge and Blackie’s Bar Bloody Mary

          Salt rim of bucket glass and fill with ice

          1-1/4 oz. Vodka

          1 tbsp. Lea & Perrins

          Dash tabasco (1/6 tsp or 1/32 oz.)

          Dash A-1 sauce

          Sprinkle pepper

          Sprinkle celery salt

          Sprinkle dill weed

          Dash sweet & sour

          Fill with tomato juice

          Float Akvavit liqueur on top

          In a message dated 1/18/2013 6:17:24 P.M. Hawaiian Standard Time, writes:

          Hello Blackie,

          I'm hoping this query finds you in good health and good spirits.

          I am trying to duplicate the Bloody Marys that I savored at High School Harry's Windsock Lounge at the old Kaanapali Airport. Watching him make it was half the enjoyment, but the drink itself is one of my all-time favorites. Is there any chance you might know his recipe?

          Wishing you well,

          1. I don't have the recipe, but I knew Harry, even before he moved to Maui, and loved the Windsock. It was an incredible place and he was a lovely guy.