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Build Your Own Bloody Mary Bar

By Devyn Tostenson

Party cocktail, part hangover cure, and all canvas for culinary creativity, the Bloody Mary is a must for any early daytime event. The simple cocktail is notorious for becoming a meal with the addition of garnishes. Having a Bloody Mary Bar at your event lets guests get creative with all their favorites. For a little fun, have guests take photos and create a best looking bloodie photo album on facebook, letting friends “like” their favorite!

FOR THE COCKTAIL:

Zing Zang
Clamato
Miss Mary’s Bloody Mary Mix Bold and Spicy
Vodka of choice
For people who don’t like vodka you can do Rum, known as a Bloody Pirate

FOR THE GARNISH

Pickles – from spicy to sweet (my favorite is
Claussen) and even pickle juice.
Olives, the standard pimento or elevated stuffed with blue cheese or jalapeno
Pickled asparagus
Meat sticks, find them at super market delis or your local meat market.
Tabasco sauce
Worcestershire sauce
Celery
Limes
Cheese, get a variety like cheddar jack and pepper check, some people love spray cheese to fill celery sticks!
Banana peppers
Salt for rim or celery salt for an extra kick. You can also find specialty “Rim Shots” made with bacon, herbs and spices.
Horseradish

NEXT LEVEL BLOODIES
Make it a meal with these additional elements,
typically added to the drink with a skewer.

Mini cheeseburgers
Bacon
Shrimp
Beer chaser (Side car)

Cilantro Dill Dip

1 c. mayonnaise
1 c. sour cream or plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp dried minced onion
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp celery salt
1/2 tsp celery seed
2 tsp sugar
2 tbsp chopped fresh dill
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

Mix all ingredients together and chill for at least 1 hour.
Serve with vegetables, crackers or chips.

Super Simple BLT Pasta Salad

8 oz Box Rotini Pasta, cooked
6 oz Bacon cooked to crispy, crumbled
1/2 head of lettuce, washed & dried, chopped
4 oz cheese diced (swiss or cheddar)
1 medium tomato diced
3/4 cup ranch dressing

In a large bowl mix cooked pasta, crumbled bacon, cheese, tomato and ranch dressing. Refrigerate.
Before serving mix in lettuce.

This recipe makes a lot, the lettuce will get wilted and yucky if you save overnight. If you anticipate leftovers,
only serve a portion of the pasta mix and lettuce
at a time. This way you keep the leftovers delicious,
just add lettuce to the portion you plan to eat.