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Make your own Bloody Mary bar!
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DIY Bloody Mary Bar

For summertime brunch entertaining, there’s nothing better than setting up a DIY Bloody Mary Bar, and letting your guests customize their own cocktails. All you have to do is set out all the ingredients and supplies, than sit back and enjoy the party with your guests. You can get as creative and out of the box with this as you like, or keep it simple and classic if that’s more your style. The sky is the limit here, so feel free to get creative with spices, toppings, and mix-ins. This is sure to be the hit of the party!

To set up your bar, assemble plenty of tall glasses, stirrers, and skewers for your guests to assemble their Bloody Mary creations. Keep a stash of lots of ice near by as well, and cocktail napkins to keep everything tidy. Once you have your tools, just gather all the base ingredients for your bar, then add as many additional mix-ins and toppings as you like.

By Elizabeth Palmer Starnes

Base Ingredients

{These are your foundation ingredients, so include each one}

  • Spicy Bloody Mary Mix (recipe below)
  • Mild Bloody Mary Mix (recipe below)
  • Chilled vodka (infuse your own for extra flavor- ideas below)
  • Horseradish (fresh or a good jarred variety)
  • Celery Salt
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Black Pepper
  • Tabasco Sauce (or your favorite hot sauce)
  • Lemons & Limes

 

Toppings & Mix-Ins

{Add as many of these as you like! The more the merrier}

  • Celery Stalks
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Pickle Spears
  • Pickled green beans, carrots, asparagus, pearl onions, etc. (really anything pickled goes here!)
  • Olives (regular or stuffed)
  • Chilled Beef Broth (for the old-school “Bloody Bull” cocktail}
  • Pickled Jalapenos
  • Caper Berries
  • Fresh Basil, Parsley, or Thyme Sprigs
  • Pickle Juice
  • Cubed Cheese

 

Outrageous Extras

{Take your Bloody Mary to the next level with these fun & filling picks}

  • Grilled or boiled shrimp
  • Bacon
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Bacon
  • Oysters (cooked or raw)
  • Mini Burger Sliders (not for the faint of heart!)

 

Bloody Mary Vodka Infusion Ideas

{Just let the below ingredients steep in vodka in the fridge for a few hours, or over night, for an amped up flavor in your cocktail}

  • Pickle Infused Vodka
  • Jalapeno Infused Vodka
  • Cucumber Infused Vodka
  • Lemon or Lime Infused Vodka

 

Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

{Add all ingredients to a large jar, and shake vigorously to combine. To make this spicy, add more horseradish, Tabasco, or a squirt of sriracha}

  • 4 cups tomato juice
  • Juice of 2 large lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 heaping tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • 1 clove garlic, passed through a garlic press
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce

Ice Cube Ideas

{To prevent melting ice from diluting your Bloody Mary, swap in some flavored ice cubes to up the flavor}

  • Tomato & Horseradish Ice Cubes
  • Cucumber & Basil Ice Cubes
  • Lemon & Lime Ice Cubes

Photo Credit:

http://tnuck.com/blogs/founders-blog/7797411-entertaining-idea-diy-bloody-marys

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