You Can Thank Iowa For The Bloody Mary Meat Straw

August 30, 2015

The story behind the bloody mary’s ultimate garnish revealed.

Bloody marys have long served as the perfect vehicle for unusual garnishes — from whole fried chickens to burgers on a stick. But one company is has managed to corner the market on a particularly unusual accouterment — the bloody mary meat straw. According to NPR, Iowa-based Benny’s Original Meat Straws is making a small fortune off the strangely brilliant novelty straw that infuses meaty goodness into every spicy mary sip.

The concepts came to life back in 2009, inventor Ben Hirko explains. He was tending a nearly empty bar in a snowstorm…