Entertaining: Build a Bloody Mary Bar
Nothing says brunch more to me than a Bloody Mary (although a mimosa is a close, close second). And, the way I see it, nothing screams “Party!” more than a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar. Although my recipe for a Feisty Bloody Mary is killer in my humble opinion, everyone takes their salad cocktails differently. A Bloody Mary bar is the perfect solution for drinks for a crowd and lets your guests customize their spirited libations at will. Variety is indeed the spice of life and it’s also the key to generate buzz among your guests so they can mix up a Bloody Mary that they can truly call their own.
Here are some essentials and suggestions for setting up a build-it-yourself Bloody Mary Bar. Give your guests a glass of ice and let them tinker around to create their favorite version:
Liquor: Put out a selection of flavored and regular vodkas. Although good vodka is the basis for most Bloodies, you may want to offer your crowd other options, like gin or tequila.
Mixers: I prefer to stock straight-up tomato juice, but there are a lot of boutique-style mixers on the market that are really tasty. Choose one with quality (real) ingredients for the best flavor.
Garnishes and Add-Ins: Now comes the fun part! Provide your guests with an assortment of delicious nibbles and flavor extras for creating their ultimate party-in-a-glass.
- Lemon and lime wedges or coins
- Celery stalks
- Olives, stuffed and pitted options
- Pickle spears or gherkins
- Celery salt, Old Bay seasoning or sea salt for those who want a flavored rim
- Spices, like cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder and black pepper
- Worcestershire sauce
- Steak sauce
- Hot sauce
- Beef jerky
- Boiled shrimp
The possibilities for your Bloody Mary bar are virtually endless! It’s a fun, creative twist on weekend entertaining – one that will make your next get-together unforgettable – and one that your guests will love!
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