Born in Nassau County, Diane Mina began her love affair with Bloody Mary Mix at a young age.
On warm summer New York days, the family gathered at her grandfather’s home for clam bakes. Pop-Pop, as Diane’s grandfather was affectionately known, shared enchanting stories from his childhood while they all feasted on Cherrystone clams and Nathan’s hot dogs—while the adults enjoyed their Bloody Mary drinks.
Here Diane had her first sip of the spicy beverage that stole her heart and her taste buds. Captivated by the sweetness of the tomato, the heat from the spices, and that perfect touch of acidity from the lime, Diane began asking for a Virgin Bloody Mary at every family function.
To this day, the flavors of the classic Bloody Mary conjure up the warmth and happiness of backyard barbecues at Pop-Pop’s house for Diane. And she always dreamed of sharing these same feelings with more people, as her circle of friends and family grew.
Fast-forward to Diane, living on her dream farm in Marin County with her husband, celebrity Chef Michael Mina, and their two boys.
Diane quickly discovered a love for the garden, which she now calls “Bella Mina Gardens.” There, she experimented with forgotten herbs like lovage and created her one-of-a kind “Tomato Vineyard” with Russian Heirlooms selected just for her Bloody Mary.
Through 25 years of making Bloody Mary drinks, Diane designed her own special mix—a unique blend of hand-milled heirloom tomatoes, lovage, and a few secrets spices that evoke the comforting childhood memories of backyard barbeques at Pop-Pop’s house.
Now widely recognized as a Bloody Mary connoisseur, Diane served as a judge at Drunken Tomato’s First Bloody Mary Festival in Brooklyn in 2014. During football season, you can find her serving up her delicious blend at Diane’s Bloody Bar at Michael Mina’s Tailgate in Bourbon Pub at Levi’s Stadium, where fans can enjoy her fresh and healthy Bloody Mary during the 49ers home games.
When she's not running Diane's Bloody Bar or continuing to feed her bloody obsession by testing out new mixes, you'll find Diane relishing life with family and friends at her country home.