Bloody Mary’s are a tradition in my family, a staple at all our get togethers.  I remember Sunday Brunch’s with various pitchers of fresh homemade mix on my Grandparents kitchen counter. My Aunts & Uncles pouring a tall glass and adding dashes of this, splashes of that, a few of these then stirring it all together with a tall stick of celery.

When I was able to move from the “virgin” version to a true “adult” version I began to learn that Bloodies vary not only family to family but geographically as well, with each person in need of a different sauce, powder or vegetable to complete it. And so the beauty of the Bloody Mary Bar is born. Each guest has the opportunity to select what they like, leave out what they don’t and perhaps try something new.

Setting up the perfect display takes a little planning and preparation but once set up the work is done. For tailgating I recommend using various sized tubs that can be filled with ice. Keeping everything in one place, cold and making for easy clean up once the game begins. Labels on bottles & vessels not only look great but come in handy to help friends mix as they wish and doesn’t require you to stand guard answering questions about what each element may be {unless you want to of course}. They can easily be made on your computer or purchased in various remade themes.

The below are my favorite items to choose from but feel free to add to you and your guests preference. Be sure to provide additional clean ice, glasses, straws, small wooden stirring spoons, and cocktail napkins.


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THE BASICS

* V-8 Juice {it’s a standard and still delicious}

* Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix {there are many but I have found this is my favorite when mixed with V-8}

* Vodka {Everyone has their favorite…recently came upon 360 which claims to be eco-friendly..}

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ADD-ONS

  •  Lea & Perrins Original Worcestershire Sauce
  •  Intensity Academy Carrot Karma {An all natural carrot based hot sauce. You will never go back}
  • Horseradish {buy a local brand for freshness}
  • Cleaned halved Celery Stalks
  • Green Onions {ends removed}
  • Hearts of Palm {sliced in quarters}
  • Cornichons / Gherkins {I prefer Maille brand}
  • Spanish Olives
  • Lemons Slices
  • Lime Wedges {I like the lemons and limes in different shapes for contrast}
  • Celery Seed
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Pepper Mill for Fresh Cracked Pepper

Most of All ENJOY!!

 

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