Best-Ever Bloody Mary Bar

For weekend March Madness match-ups that start around noon, there’s nothing better than a Bloody Mary Bar to wake everyone up and get the party going.

Expecting a crowd? Here’s the winning strategy for a slam-dunk Bloody Mary Bar: two tables, one with ready-made drinks and garnishes and the other with DIY options for those who want to create their own concoctions. An all-star roster of garnishes is the name of the game. It’s like having a beverage bar and brunch all in one!

Faster to the Fun

For the ready-made table, prepare a pitcher of your favorite Bloody Mary recipe and a second pitcher with a spicier mix for fans that like more kick. Be sure to label them, and have backups in the fridge. Add a tray of tall highball glasses rimmed with seasoned salt, pre-filled with ice and a celery stick.

No-fuss guests will be happy to see a tray of handy stirrers and skewered garnishes ready to go. Prepare a variety ahead of time (using your DIY table!) and you’re all set.

DIY All the Way

For the DIY table, provide bottles of tomato juice and vodka. Add bottles of Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and Sriracha. Fill small dishes with a variety of rimmers and seasonings, such as celery salt, garlic salt, bacon salt, Old Bay, sea salt and pepper. Set out tall glasses and lots of ice.

For the garnishes, display the stirrers upright in cups and have plenty of fun cocktail picks and short kabob skewers for the bowls of brunch-on-a-stick items.

Stirrer ideas:

  • Pepperoni sticks
  • Beef jerky sticks
  • Pickle spears
  • Celery sticks
  • Carrot sticks
  • Pickled asparagus

Skewer ideas:

  • Bacon strips
  • Shrimp
  • Banana peppers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Smoked gouda, sharp cheddar and dill havarti cubes
  • Marinated mozzarella balls
  • Pepperoni chunks
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Olives stuffed with blue cheese
  • Radishes
  • Cucumber chunks
  • Onion rings
  • Baby dill pickles
  • Fresh cilantro, thyme, rosemary, parsley
  • Lemon and lime wedges

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