Bloody Mary is one of the most popular cocktails in the world especially enjoyed during brunch, as a hangover cure, and a favorite cocktail for backyard parties during the summer. This cocktail goes great with steaks, barbecues, burgers, tacos, burritos, pizzas, pastas, salads, stews, casseroles, and soups. A basic Bloody Mary consists of vodka and tomato juice, and common spices and seasonings include lime or lemon juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. With these ingredients, you can easily make your own Bloody Mary mix at home.
One of the best things about Bloody Mary is that it can be prepared in endless variations. You can even set up a Bloody Mary bar so that guests can concoct their own drink and make it as sour, salty or as spicy as they wish. Other popular seasonings for Bloody Mary besides those mentioned above are cayenne pepper, celery salt, bacon salt, steak sauce, piri piri sauce, horseradish, and beef bouillon.
Bloody Mary is commonly garnished with a stalk of celery for flavoring and for stirring, while others prefer to garnish it with beef jerky or bacon. Garnishes can also be skewered in toothpicks. Some examples are olives, shrimps, bacon strips, pepperoni, pepperoncini, pickles, cubed cheese, salami, sausage, and oysters. Assorted vegetables like carrots, cauliflower, zucchini, and okra can also be skewered and used as garnish for Bloody Mary. Avocado slices also make a delicious garnish for Mexican parties. The drinks should be served alongside nacho and tortilla chips.
Besides vodka, alternative liquors may also be used to make Bloody Mary such as tequila (great for Mexican-themed parties) or gin. In the version of “Red Eyes,” beer is used instead of vodka. Set up the ingredients for the Blood Mary buffet-style so that guests can choose their own seasonings and garnishes.
1/3 of a glass UV vodka
Classic Bloody Mary mix
1 beer, 3/4 of glass
Classic Bloody Mary Mix