Give me a loaded Bloody Mary or give me a chardonnay. Because when it comes to brunch, I want more, more, more.
You might say this cocktail looks like a salad in a glass. I definitely wouldn’t disagree.
A loaded Bloody Mary is my dream Best Ever Bloody Brunch Mary. Snacking on all of the extra trimmings while I wait for my actual meal to arrive is kind of a necessity. I mean, it’s almost lunch. I didn’t eat breakfast. And this girl is hungry.
Like everything else I eat, I love nothing more than a bite of this and a taste of that. Which is exactly why a do it yourself Bloody Mary bar is right up my alley.
Bloody Marys are a favorite of most every cocktail imbiber since it’s totally acceptable to sip one or two before noon and just think of the powerhouse of vitamins you’re getting in each fortified sip.
Some like ‘em mild, some want them over over the top spiced, and everyone has their druthers. Therein lies the reason to create a Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar for a mix and match cocktail soireé that will leave them sipping for more.
Follow these tips for ultimate Bloody Mary sips
While there are some decent bloody mary mixes on the market, creating your own Bloody Mary mix guarantees a fresh and flavorful mix. My recipe at the end of the post might just be the best Bloody Mary to slither past your puckered lips.
I use regular tomato juice as the base for my mix but if you prefer a bit more bite, V-8 or Clamato have built in flavor. Clamato is a bit thinner if you prefer the texture. I like to serve one mild option and one spicy. And then I spice it up even more once it hits my glass.
Prepared horseradish, celery salt, black pepper, garlic salt, worcestershire and a couple of dashes of Tabasco are the musts in my mix. Go hot or regular strength with your horsey sauce depending on your spicy preference.
When it comes to vodka, my Pickle-Infused Vodka adds a piquant punch. Cucumber or jalapeño would be a fun option too. Or stay classic with unflavored brands like Titos, Effen, Ketel One, Stoli or Smirnoff #57.
Show off your garnishing ingenuity by putting your pickled veggies and extra bites center stage for your guests to pick and choose and create a loaded drink. Or a simple one if that’s the way they roll. And be sure to have skewers on hand that are long enough to fit the size of your trimmings for maximum loadability.
Have plenty of ice on hand. Bloody Mary’s are best when refreshingly cold so top glasses to the rim and serve with refrigerated Mary mix.
Create different flavored salts to rim your glass by combining kosher salt with different chile powders or herbs. Set on small plates that just fit the rim of your glass and set out an additional plate with water to wet the rim before salting.
And now for the good stuff. Go crazy or classic, it’s up to you to pick and choose the accoutrements to create your ultimate Bloody Mary.
Add a Salad to Your Bloody Mary
Kosher pickle spears
Pimento or cheese stuffed green olives
Pickled beans and asparagus
Pickled beets, cauliflower or carrots
Pepperocinis, peppadews or other peppers
Large caper berries
Marinated artichoke hearts
Marinated pearl onions
Make Your Bloody Mary Protein-Rich
Beef jerky or pepperoni sticks
Hard boiled eggs
Season It Up
Old Bay seasoning
Freshly ground black pepper
Flavor It Up
Frank’s Red Hot sauce
Louisiana hot sauce
So get creative. Pull out some of your own favorite Bloody Mary additions and share them in the comments below.
- 1 48 ounce can of tomato juice, or about 6 cups
- 3 tablespoons prepared creamy hot horseradish
- 3 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
- 2¼ teaspoons celery salt
- 3 teaspoons garlic salt
- Tabasco sauce
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon celery salt
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- Pickle-infused vodka, or regular vodka if you prefer
- Mix the tomato juice, horseradish, worcestershire sauce, celery salt, garlic salt and black pepper in a large pitcher. Season with 10-15 shakes of Tabasco sauce, or to taste. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To assemble drinks, mix the celery salt and kosher salt on a small plate. Dip the rim of your glass in a shallow amount of water, then dip into the salt mix and twist. Fill an 8 ounce glass to the top with ice. Add 2 ounces of pickle-infused vodka or regular vodka then top with bloody mary tomato mixture.
- Garnish with limes, lemons, celery ribs, blue cheese stuffed olives, bacon strips, pepperocinis, cooked shrimp, hot sauce, pickles, pickled asparagus or green beans, pickled beets, chunks of cheese and anything your heart desires.
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