There is nothing quite like waking up on a weekend to a delicious brunch and Bloody Marys. Sure, you can go out for brunch, but with these delicious garnishes, you will want to host your own Bloody Mary party at home. Simply make a large batch of Bloody Marys, set out garden-fresh add-ins in little bowls and on platters, then let everyone go garnish-happy. It's easy to source from ingredients you might already have on hand, especially if your garden is flourishing!
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22 ounces reduced-sodium V8
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon horseradish
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
10 dashes Tabasco
Freshly ground pepper to taste
3 ounces vodka (optional)
Combine V8, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire, Tabasco, pepper and vodka, if using, in a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake. Fill 2 tall glasses with ice and divide the Bloody Mary between them. This recipe makes enough for 2 servings, so adjust ingredient amounts as necessary for more people. Then try some of these garden-inspired garnish ideas:
One of the best parts of gardening is having fresh vegetables ready for any recipe or, in this case, Bloody Mary garnish. It's easy to look to your garden for a bit of inspiration for gorgeous garnishes that everyone will enjoy. While you can find inspiration in the garden year-round, summer is the perfect time to really dig into the garden. These fresh garnishes are sure to make your Bloody Mary Instagram-worthy!
Whether you live in an apartment or have a big yard, you should grow herbs. So many different herbs grow well in pots, both indoors and outdoors. This way you can always toss fresh herbs into your cooking or, as in the case of these drinks, add them to your Bloody Marys. Rosemary sprigs are a creative garnish holder, while other herbs can be added in whole.
Sure, you have probably had a Bloody Mary completed with a pickle (or even added a bit of pickle juice to the mix). However, you don't have to stop with regular cucumber-based pickles. Go wild with pickled items, since most garden vegetables make great quick pickles. And if you have pickles left over, they make a fine afternoon snack.
One of the best ways to please everyone is to start with a simple Bloody Mary base and let your friends add in as they please. Have an array of salts, spices and hot sauces. This way people can make a drink as spicy as they like. Plus, these add-ins are great in combination with the garden inspiration from above!