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The Bloody Mary is without question the most popular drink on the brunch menu. The mix of tomato juice with lemon juice and spices is superb. Add vodka and now you have a heavenly combination. Mixing up a pitcher of Bloody Marys allows you to entertain with ease. It also helps prevent someone becoming the designated bartender at your gathering, a role that more often than not was filled by me.
Making individual bloodys can be time consuming if they are all made to order. Mixing up a Bloody Mary in a large batch in a pitcher makes them instantly available. I like to make a pitcher full that is flavorful on its own, but have a few add ins handy that people can mix in their own drinks. I put out a hot sauce or two, olive brine, celery salt, prepared horseradish, and a bottle of Worcestershire sauce so that people can add more of an ingredient to tailor their Bloody Mary to their taste.
Have dishes of garnishes near the pitcher and add ins and you’ve got yourself an easy self service Bloody Mary bar. A Bloody Mary doesn’t seem finished until a celery stick is added. You could also put out dishes of stuffed olives, cornichons, cherry tomatoes, tiny peppers, cocktail onions, and lemon wedges. Long cocktail picks make these easy to use to stir your drink and nibble on without having to stick your fingers in your drink.
Pitcher of Bloody Marys
32 ounces tomato juice or V8 vegetable juice
juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons sriracha, or other hot sauce
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
16 ounces vodka
In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients except for the vodka. Refrigerate until chilled.
Just before serving stir in the vodka and mix well.
Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with celery sticks and any other garnish you like. Long cocktail picks are the perfect bloody mary garnish holder.
Garnishes for Bloody Marys
Don’t feel like you’re limited just to this list. Anything can be a garnish if you can get it on a cocktail pick. Let your imagination be your guide to bloody mary garnish ideas. If you like to nibble on it – add it to your bloody mary.
Have a few things available on the table to let people adjust their drink to their own taste, their own mix-ins:
Sriracha or other Hot Sauces
Pickle or olive brine
If you really want to go over the top, these cocktail picks are made especially for bloody marys. These heavy duty stainless steel bloody mary garnish holders are the perfect thing to use for creatively topping your bloody marys.
These heavy gauge brunch picks are sturdy enough to hold just about anything you would like to use to garnish your drink. I can tell you from personal experience that they will hold chicken nuggets, pot stickers, and just about any snack sized appetizer you can imagine. These really bring your brunch game up to the next level. I highly recommend these bloody mary picks.
For more cocktails by the pitcher recipes, please our article on Pitcher Cocktails.
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This is the pitcher that I used for the photo up top. It holds nearly a double batch of the bloody mary recipe.
I also like this very clean, simple glass rod. I love using scientific glass mixed in with other entertaining accessories. This is the one I used in the photo and it is the perfect length for the pitcher.
These extra long cocktail picks do great double duty as swizzle sticks and at holding garnishes. Completely fill them from top to bottom with olives, tomatoes, cocktail onions, etc. and you’ve got a decent snack on a stick.