Give blood and get a Bloody Mary at Craftsman in return

Knowing you’re helping someone is a reward in itself when giving blood, but East Austin bar Craftsman is offering an extra incentive for you now through the month of March.

Craftsman is offering blood donors a free Bloody Mary throughout February and March, when blood donations are at their lowest annually.

Craftsman is offering blood donors a free Bloody Mary throughout February and March, when blood donations are at their lowest annually.

Bring in proof that you’ve given blood through March 31 and Craftsman will give you a free Bloody Mary in return. Plus, all proceeds of purchased Bloody Mary drinks in the same time period will go toward the Blood & Tissue Center of Central Texas. (But keep in mind, if you do give blood, that donors should refrain from consuming alcohol on the day of their donation.)

Craftsman’s owner, Brandon Testa, decided to offer this deal in honor of the end of National Volunteer Blood Donor Month, which was in January. February and March, he learned after a meeting with the blood center, sees a big decrease in the amount of blood donations annually.

“I know countless people who have family members or friends whose lives were saved thanks to organizations that provide blood like the Blood Center of Central Texas,” Testa said in a press release. “We thought a natural fit to help such an important organization would be to donate the proceeds of Bloody Mary sales, one of our most popular and delicious selections on our menu.”

The Craftsman Bloody Mary is house-made with the bar’s own spices, tomato juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tito’s Vodka. Try it out during brunch, when the East Cesar Chavez Street bungalow bar is offering a menu of Mexican items like huevos rancheros, Tacos Don Chaco and the vegetarian Tacos Mi Madre.

And even if you aren’t a fan of Bloody Marys, Testa is hoping that his promotion brings awareness to the importance of giving blood, “one of the simplest and safest ways to help someone in need,” he said in the press release.

Craftsman is located at 2000 E. Cesar Chavez St. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/craftsmanbar.

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