Game Day: How to Set Up a Bloody Mary Bar

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Bloody Mary Cocktail

No matter where your team stands, having great company over to watch a good game usually ends in a fantastic time. Score a touchdown with your friends set up a Bloody Mary bar.

You don’t need to be a brilliant bartender to have a amazing Bloody Mary bar. The joy of providing a buffet-style bar is providing your guests with a surplus of options to make the play of their dreams, or at least the drink of their dreams.

Rim It

A little bit of salt makes anything better, don’t you think? Add a little fun for your teammates by setting up a sea salt and celery salt rimming station to make your party a little bit extra.

Bloody Mary Mix

Variety, they say, is the spice of life so have a few different mixes on hand from spicy to mild! Take a look at the video below for ideas.


For a fresh squeeze of love, supply guests with some citrus options. Bright full lemons and limes are a great way to decorate your tablescape with pops of color.


We will say this once and we won’t say it again: there is no room for cheap vodka. Offer a nice selection like Stolichnaya, Tito’s, or Ketel One. If you have a quality, local craft vodka give it a go to support the home team and personalize the party. If the vodka comes in a plastic container then you will be called a plastic host: cheap and flimsy.

Bloody Mary Drink

Hot Sauce

Chipotle, smoky, Cholula, Tapatio- go nuts! Don’t be afraid to offer unusual sauces to fill your Bloody with flavor such as barbecue sauce, steak sauce, Tabasco, and scorching hot sauces for the brave of heart. You want to have an option for every palate. Since Bloody Mary mix is made mostly of tomato juice, hot sauce is a great addition. The hot sauce complements the smoothness of the tomato and really puts some punch in your Bloody.


For the tried and true staples check out the garnishes in our recipe video below, but here are some other fun garnish ideas: crisp-cooked thick cut bacon, pepperoni chunks, smoked gouda, mini hot dill pickles, stuffed olives (garlic stuffed olives, blue cheese stuffed olives, jalapeño stuffed olives- the jar is the limit!) and marinated mozzarella. Place cups of garnish picks on the table so that guests can assemble their garnishes of choice.


To really win with your guests, create a tablescape to present your Bloody bar. Tablescapes are easy to throw together to display your options and stir the appetites of those attending. Find stable objects such as stacks of boxes or books, or even upside down pots. Set them up at varying heights and put down a tablecloth to cover them. Then position your mixes, hot sauces, and garnishes. Keep your vodka over ice if you have ice buckets. Have fun and play with the display. Presenting a variety of flavors to the eye prepares the stomach for a game day of deliciousness.


For a fresh squeeze of love, supply guests with some citrus options. Bright, full lemons and limes are a great way to decorate your tablescape with pops of color. Try this squeezer for premium freshness.

Don’t forget to grab enough highballs or red cups to hold the Bloodys! No matter the score, enjoy extra points for a beautiful table full of decadent flavors. Cheers!


Bloody Mary

3 oz. tomato juice

2 oz. vodka

.75 oz. lemon juice

2 dashes Worcestershire sauce

Celery salt

Pinch cumin

Ground pepper

.5 tsp horseradish or to taste

Tabasco or to taste

Garnish: Pick your faves - bunchtastic celery stalk, blue cheese stuffed olives, gherkins or baby dill pickles, cherry tomatoes, pickled carrot or asparagus, hot peppers (jalapeños, pepperoncinis or sport peppers)


Wet glass rim with lemon wedge - salt rim with sea salt and celery salt mix

Muddle red pepper with lemon juice

Add remaining ingredients and ice to shaker tin and shake well

Strain over new ice into tall glass

Garnish with lots of your faves from above

Brunch on!

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