Bloody Mary Bar

I have been experimenting with this for so long, my friends call this “Buddy” Marys! Here are some tips & tricks for you to try:

Begin with GOOD mix — I like to use Zing Zang, if possible. Then, you don’t need as much “doctoring-up.” If you begin with basic bloody mary mix or tomato juice, you will have to add more the the “goodies” to bring-up the flavor.

A long time ago you could get “Beefamato” juice, right beside the “Clamato” juice that is available now. For some reason, the beefy one disappeared — but not from my fondest memories. So now, I will still “beef-up” my bloody mary mix with beef flavoring: either beef soup base paste, dissolved beef bouillon cube, or beef bouillon powder (I like Goya brand). Sometimes, the beef soup base paste leaves a greasy looking top on the drink, so I now prefer the powder.

Another trick that I discovered is the addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon (or Merlot) red wine to your mix. It adds a smooth edge to the tomato mix.


Mix 1/3 part vodka to 2/3 parts mix

ADD to the mix:

  • Beef bouillon, as described above
  • Lemon juice (freshly squeezed, please!)
  • Dill pickle juice
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Celery Salt
  • Celery Seed
  • Horseradish
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • A-1 Sauce
  • Cabernet Sauvignon or other red wine (THIS MAKES A DIFFERENCE!)


  • Limes
  • Celery stalks
  • Extra horseradish
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Tobasco/Hot sauce
  • Sriracha
  • Old Bay seasoning

Make it special:

  • Strips of cooked bacon or beef jerky
  • Roasted Shrimp
  • Pepperoni slices
  • Grape tomatoes
  • Radishes
  • Olives
  • Cocktail onions
  • Gherkin or other small pickles
  • Large caper berries (with stem)
  • Pickled vegetables, such as okra or green beans

Make up some garnish skewers ahead:

Have other garnishes on the side
  • Shrimp & olive – please a large cocktail olive (or grape tomato) in the center curve of the shrimp and skewer through
  • Grape tomato, pickle & cheddar cheese cube skewer
  • Pepperoni & cheddar cheese cube skewer

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