September 17, 2007

sunday, bloody sunday

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Isn’t it lucky that Sunday football gets going about the same time as Sunday brunch? Shelve the beer and soda at your next football party, and serve up the ultimate brunch beverage: the Bloody Mary.

Since the Bloody Mary can be stirred up a hundred different ways, we love the idea of having a Bloody Mary bar where your guests can make their drink to taste. Those who are into hot sauce can dash away, while others can go sans vodka if they like. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • If you’re going for ease, start with a standard Bloody Mary mix. Then guests can add in their own vodka, hot sauce and cracked pepper. For even more customization, mix chilled tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and sea salt. (Nigella Lawson has a great recipe for exact measurements.)
  • For those who like a little extra heat, opt for peppery vodka like Abolut Peppar
  • Impress any foodies in your group with a fancy selection of hot sauces. Gourmet food stores have a wide variety from around the globe.
  • Be creative with your garnishes. In addition to the standard celery stalks, put out bowls of blue-cheese-stuffed green olives, lemon wedges or wheels, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers and cocktail onions, and let guests skewer their own garnish.

Posted by Lindsay on September 17, 2007 in Food and Drink , Parties

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My husband and I just set up our own bloody mary bar and it worked out great for our mixed gender football party. Everyone loves getting to make their own drink. Go Chargers!

My husband and I arranged a car club drive to Nevada City last month to enjoy the Victorian Christmas in the town. We were able to reserve 20 spots in the parking lot of the Stonehouse Restaurant. It was the first time I had experienced a Bloody Mary bar and I was impressed. A few things I love at the bar are spicy green beans and horseradish sauce. Wow! The vodka is served over ice and off to the bar. There you go... Beckie

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