Bloody Mary Bar

Cocktails, Gluten Free, Vegetarian | December 31, 2016 | By

i don’t normally post recipes on Saturday, but since its the end of 2016 and all i figured one last recipe is definitely in order. and what better way to end the year than with a cocktail? or start the year with a cocktail? either way, booze + veggies = a win for all involved.

i was never really into bloody marys- the idea of tomatoes turned to juice did not appeal to me. but then i watched burn notice and awakened my inner desire to be a spy. and fiona was drinking tons of bloody marys so i thought maybe she’s on to something. yes. welcome to my world where my life decisions are based on fictional t.v. shows. it’s awesome.

so i tried one and was hooked. plus it’s basically like drinking a salad so the calories don’t count. once i realized they could be made with gin there was no stopping me. gin is my fav because my spirit animal is an 80 year old british woman. true story.

 

and since tomorrow is national bloody mary day (makes sense right? a little hair of the dog plus its healthy) and i know you are still scrambling to figure out what to serve at your party tonight i wanted to share this super simple bloody mary bar with you. i limited the garnishes to things i like, but you can definitely add on other foods like regular pickles, celery (yuck), and black olives.

all in all it took me about 15 minutes to throw this guy together and 1 trip to the liquor store and 1 to kroger to get all the things. easy-peasy. and delicious.

Easy Bloody Mary Bar
Serves 4
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Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. gin/vodka
  2. 32 oz. bloody mary mix/tomato juice
  3. 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
  4. 1 lemon, cut into 8 wedges
  5. Sea salt for the rim of the glass
  6. Worcestershire
  7. Hot sauce
  8. Green/black olives*
  9. 1 cucumber, cut into spears
  10. 1 cucumber, sliced into circles
  11. Pickled okra**
  12. Garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Pour about 1 T. of sea salt onto a plate. Using lemon/lime slices, coat the rim of the glasses in juice and then roll through the salt.
  2. Set out all ingredients along with glasses and spoons/forks to pick-up the garnishes and stir the drinks. Allow guests to make their own cocktails and enjoy.
For my bloody mary I
  1. Mix together gin, bloody mary mix, a lot of Worcestershire (yum!), a little hot sauce, a dash of garlic powder, and lime juice. I top it off with lots of pickled okra, olives, and cucumber spear. Happiness in a glass.
Notes
  1. *For our bloody mary bar i used green olives stuff with jalapenos.
  2. **If pickled okra isn't your thing you can definitely use regular pickles (sad day!).
Additional ideas
  1. Rosemary
  2. Celery salt
  3. Horseradish
  4. Celery
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cheers to a great 2017!

 

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