If brunch had a best friend, it would be the Bloody Mary. In fact, the Bloody Mary is the most popular brunch beverage, even beating out the mimosa and the wine spritzer!
What is the perfect recipe for a Bloody Mary? The truth is, there isn’t just one… there are countless varieties and combinations of ingredients. Check out a couple of my own variations here. So then, which one do you serve at your brunch?
How about all of them?
My signature Make Your Own Bloody Mary Bar lets your guests express themselves as the masters of their own taste!
The four elements of the Bloody Mary are the base, the liquor, the rim flavor, and the garnish, and they can all be substituted or added to for more complexity and variety in your Bloody Mary.
Start with my Bloody Mary Recipe, and create an array of spices and tastes, borrowing from different cultures.
Get creative! Here are some ideas:
Bases: Tomato Juice, Bloody Mary Mix, Clamato, V8 Juice
Spices: Steak Rub, Sesame Seeds, Wasabi, Herbs de Provence, Curry, Crack Pepper, Salts, Horseradish, Worcestershire, Lime Juice, Hot Sauce, Sweet Vermouth, Sriracha, Fish Sauce
Garnishes: Pickled Shrimp, Pickled Carrots, Hot Peppers, Jalapenos, Cherry Tomatoes, Cocktail Onions, Olives, Baby Corn, Bamboo Shoots, Beef Jerky, Slim Jims, Green Peppers, Carrot Sticks, Asparagus, Green Onions
Eggs and Chocolate are Easter staples, but this year, they’ll be as exciting and diverse as your Bloody Mary Bar. By starting with something simple and dressing it up, you get a huge variety of tastes and cultures with minimal work!
Start with simple Egg Bars and allow your guests to dress them up to match their drink.
Asian Egg – Tuna, Baby Corn, Ponzu Sauce (Soy, Rice Vinegar, and Lemon Juice), Shiitake Mushrooms, and Sesame Seeds.
English Egg – Asparagus, Crème Friache, Salmon roe, and Dill
Southwestern Egg - Crumbled Bacon, Pickled Shrimp, Roasted tomatoes, Onions
Mexican Egg – Sour Cream, Salsa, Hot sauce, Black Olives, Chopped Scallions, Cheddar Cheese
Italian Egg – Roasted Tomatoes, Chopped Basil, Roasted Peppers, Olive Oil, Parmesan Cheese
Play around with as many toppings as you like – guests will create surprising and delicious combinations!
Now that you’ve given your guests a taste for variety, spice up your chocolate too, with Vosges Haut Chocolat. Unique flavors like curry powder, paprika, and wasabi make an exotic compliment to your culturally savvy affair. And they are delectable paired with your spicy and flavorful drinks!
I recommend Vosges Exotic Truffle Collection, Vosges Dark Truffle Collection, and Vosges Bacon and Eggs.