Create a fun brunch mood with just a little effort by setting up a superior Bloody Mary Bar! Your guests will feel comfortable serving themselves. Here are the steps and garnish list to build YOUR Bloody Mary bar.
My friends, Annie, Cindy, Kim, and Juliet are joining me with their own suggestions for festive beverages! Their links are at the end of the post.
What Is a Bloody Mary?
A Bloody Mary is a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauces, herbs, horseradish, black pepper, lemon juice, and celery salt. Garnishing the drink with celery, pickled carrots, etc. gets to the fun part. Many people consider it to be a hangover cure. While we are planning this for Christmas brunch, it could come in handy New Year’s Day! 🙂
I like Bloody Mary’s without the vodka, too, or with a bit of beer (similar to a Mexican drink called a michelada). Let your guests pour their own vodka into their drink.
Bloody Mary Tomato Juice Recipe
You buy a good prepared mix like Zing Zang or make your own:
- 6 limes juiced
- 3 tbsp prepared Horseradish
- 2 quarts tomato juice
- 2 tbsp hot sauce
- 1 tbsp Worcheshire sauce
- celery salt and pepper to taste
Combine the lime juice and horseradish in a pitcher. Pour in the tomato juice, hot sauce, and Worchestershire sauce; season with celery salt and pepper. Stir everything together to combine. Taste. Chill until ready.
Superior Bloody Mary Bar Garnishes
Here is my recipe for Pickled Carrots (makes a nice homemade gift too). We pepper thick sliced bacon and bake at 400 degrees until crispy. For ease, we bought already cooked jumbo shrimp at the upscale grocery market.
Glasses, Ice, Jigger and Skewers
Tall wicker glasses are nice for these drinks (the wicker keeps them from being slippery). A double jigger (a fancy present by the way) lets guests measure their own vodka. I bought the bamboo skewers here.
Small Bowls, Glasses and Stand To Elevate Garnishes
For display, it helps to elevate some of the ingredients on a cake stand…and creates more room. One new idea here was to put a small dish with grape tomatoes, basil leaves and mini mozzarella balls,so that a little caprese can be skewered.
I love to collect small bowls and they come in handy here for olives, marinated cocktail onions, shrimp and lemons and limes.
The Cheers cocktail napkins can be found here.
And Cheers To YOU!
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