Summertime. America. Hotdogs. If you live in this great nation of ours—or even if you don’t!—you should never let the warm months pass by without enjoying a delicious, bun-wrapped, slathered-with-whatever-floats-your-boat hotdog. More modest in size than its German counterpart, the USA’s version of sausage wrapped in bread can be so much more than just a party for Oscar Meyer and white bread. Mustard, onion and sauerkraut are tried and true companions, but how about cheddar cheese, mayo, mustard, dill pickle, and coleslaw? How about hotdogs made by a local farm (yes, there is huge difference in taste!)? How do you feel about a bacon-wrapped hotdog like “The BLT” from local gourmet shop, “Tasty 8’s”? Here at Tansey Reviews, we believe that just like there is a time and place for every wine, there is a time and a place for every possible hotdog topping—and, there is a perfect adult beverage for that hotdog! Be adventurous! Be daring! Eat a weiner.

Hotdog Adventure #1 The Beach House      Tansey-reviews-wine-beer-spirits-small-product-image-1-4

One hotdog (we like something local, or these)

One hotdog bun

One dill pickle slice


Yellow mustard

Shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper

Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on one side of hotdog bun. Place pickle slice inside hotdog bun. Place hotdog next to pickle slice. Sprinkle cheddar cheese on top of hotdog. Add a few dollops of coleslaw. Zig zag some yellow mustard on top of coleslaw. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper. Enjoy with Charles & Charles Rose.

Tansey-reviews-wine-beer-spirits-small-product-image-1-5The Onion Slather

One hotdog (we like something local, or these)

One hotdog bun

4 sweet or white onions, thinly sliced.

1 tsp. Kosher salt

2 tsp. brown sugar

2 Tbs. olive oil

Add olive oil to large skillet and set over medium-high heat. Add onions to pan, spreading out in a single layer. Sprinkle on the salt and brown sugar. Once onions start to brown, reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, stirring frequently, for about an hour or until onions have turned a nice, caramel color. Place hotdog inside bun. Slather onions on top. Enjoy with Brooklyn Lager.

Hotdog Adventure #3   The Me-hi-co         Tansey-reviews-wine-beer-spirits-small-product-image-1-6

One hotdog (we like something local, or these)

One hotdog bun


Fresh tomatoes, diced

Fresh jalapeños, sliced

Place hotdog inside hotdog bun. Add a few dollops of guacamole. Sprinkle some tomatoes next to guacamole. Place a few jalapeño slices on top. Enjoy with Van Dori Prosecco.

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