Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

Whether they like them spicy, tangy or mild, your brunch guests will have a blast mixing up their own Bloody Marys -- and you'll be freed from bartender duty!
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Whether they like them spicy, tangy or mild, your brunch guests will have a blast mixing up their own Bloody Marys -- and you'll be freed from bartender duty!

Nice Ice Trick

Freeze Bloody Mary base into cubes before you stir in the vodka to chill drinks without watering them down.

Nice ice

Set Your Bar

Before guests arrive, whip up big batches of Bloody Marys and pour them into pitchers. You can experiment with infused vodkas (try dill pickle- or lemon-flavored), then label each blend directly on the pitcher with a dry erase marker.

Bloody mary bar

Step 1: Spice It Up

The tomato-juice base of a Bloody Mary is a blank canvas for all types of herby and spicy flavors. Set out spices and other stir-ins in small jars and place a labeled disposable spoon in each.

Bloody mary bar

Try These!

Old Bay Seasoning, cayenne pepper, paprika, celery salt, curry powder, chile powder, garlic salt, dried rosemary, dried thyme, caraway seeds, black pepper, ginger, smoked paprika, cumin, wasabi or horseradish.

Bloody mary bar

Step 2: Get Saucy

Tabasco and Worcestershire are the cocktail's classic partners, but don't stop there. Leave out a caddy of condiments and let your guests go wild!

Bloody mary bar

Try these!

Sriracha, steak sauce, red chili paste, barbecue sauce, teriyaki sauce, pickle juice, hot mustard, sauce from chipotle chiles in adobo, spicy salsa or olive juice

Bloody mary bar

Step 3: Top it Off

Celery stalks are a go-to garnish, but encourage guests to think outside the box by setting out surprising finishing touches like bacon, skewered pickled veggies and shrimp.

Bloody mary bar

Try These!

Olives, dill pickles, boiled shrimp, fresh herbs like parsley, basil or cilantro, beef jerky, bacon slices, cocktail onions, carrots, fennel, bell peppers, pickled green beans, tomatoes and okra or lemon and lime wedges.

Bloody mary bar

Clean Shot

Place toothpicks in shot glasses around the bar so guests can spear their garnishes.

Bloody mary bar

Bloody Johnnies

"Here's my hubby's spicy version, with my favorite tangy garnishes," Rach says.

Bloody Johnnies

Bloody Johnnies

The Original Bloody Mary

You can never go wrong with the classic.

The Original Bloody Mary

The Original Bloody Mary

Magic Mary

What makes this recipe so magical? Fun ingredients like clam juice, BBQ sauce and pickle juice!

Magic Mary

Magic Mary

Wasabi Bloody Marys

This Asian-inspired Mary has just the right amount of spice.

Wasabi Bloody Marys

Wasabi Bloody Marys

Beer-y Bloody Mary

Add some effervescence to your cocktail with -- what else? -- more alcohol!

Beer-y Bloody Mary

Beer-y Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Clam Shooters

Let your guests throw back these starter "shots" to begin your brunch on the right foot!

Bloody Mary Clam Shooters

Bloody Mary Clam Shooters