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Help with bloody mary bar/buffet?

soypower Feb 19, 2013 08:42 PM

I'm setting up a bloody mary bar at a party this weekend and have the following garnishes planned:

pickled green beans
pickles
pepperoncinis
pickled asparagus
celery
cheese cubes
salami
shrimp
assorted stuffed olives

Am I missing anything?

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    zippypinhead RE: soypower Feb 19, 2013 08:46 PM

    Slim Jims, jerky, smokies
    Bacon..... How can you leave out bacon????

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      soypower RE: zippypinhead Feb 20, 2013 08:58 AM

      Yes, I forgot to put that on the list. Of course there will be bacon.

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        chloebell RE: soypower Mar 22, 2013 02:20 PM

        I discovered a restaurant in my area serving BMary's, one of their garnishes is a cucumber spear. I thought, "Wow, kinda like a garden. Can't believe I never thought of that."

    2. TXMandy RE: soypower Feb 19, 2013 08:52 PM

      Some type of crunchy crackers maybe? Sriracha to up the heat if wanted, small carrots with tops intact and lime wedges. Also, I found this Green Bloody Mary recipe a while back and have been really curious about it. http://www.foodrepublic.com/2011/04/2...

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        soypower RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 09:00 AM

        Crunchy crackers? I've never seen that on a bloody mary. How would you incorporate that into the glass?

        And that green bloody mary looks awesome.

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          TXMandy RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 09:35 AM

          LOL, the crackers are just meant to go on the side with the cheese, etc. for those who like a bloody mary without all the stuff in the glass. Yeah, in the drink, crackers would be repulsive. :-)

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            soypower RE: TXMandy Feb 20, 2013 09:38 AM

            Gotcha. That makes more sense. I was thinking of doing parmesan tuiles that could sit on the rim of the glass. What do you think?

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              TXMandy RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 09:43 AM

              That would be wonderful! Go for it!

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        kimfair1 RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 05:45 AM

        Horseradish
        HOT pickled green beans
        tomolives

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          chloebell RE: kimfair1 Feb 20, 2013 06:00 AM

          Pickled okra (hot and/or mild)
          If in your store, Wickles Wickled Okra

          I discovered a brand when I was shopping at Whole Foods (over the holidays). I don't have WFoods in my area, so I ordered online.

          http://www.merrililygardens.com/gourm...

          The "kickin" pickles, tomatoes, etc. are the bomb!

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            soypower RE: chloebell Feb 20, 2013 09:03 AM

            Green cocktail tomatoes? Wow. I haven't seen this brand before, but I don't usually shop at WF. Generally, I hate that place. But I may make an exception to look for those!

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              Bacardi1 RE: chloebell Feb 20, 2013 09:24 AM

              I second the Pickled Okra! Spicy pickled okra is one of my favorite Bloody Mary garnishes.

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                JMF RE: chloebell Feb 21, 2013 12:05 PM

                I third the spicy pickled okra.

            2. splatgirl RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 08:58 AM

              celery salt for rimming
              a couple of kinds of hot sauce--chipotle tabasco and siracha are my house faves.

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                soypower RE: splatgirl Feb 20, 2013 09:39 AM

                Salt for the glass! Thank you! I nearly forgot. I've never tried celery salt, but that makes sense when you think about it.

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                  splatgirl RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 12:44 PM

                  AFAIK, a bloody mary glass is always rimmed with celery salt.

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                    roro1831 RE: splatgirl Mar 8, 2013 08:53 AM

                    Not always in some places I get asked in some not. I don't want salt on my glass. I did see bacon salt the other day, that I may want

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                andieb RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 09:02 AM

                lemons/limes?

                1. southernitalian RE: soypower Feb 20, 2013 12:48 PM

                  Sometimes I enjoy light beer in mine rather than vodka.

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                    splatgirl RE: southernitalian Feb 20, 2013 02:05 PM

                    Where I come from that is called a bloody beer.

                    Which reminds me we've forgotten the snit of beer to go along side.

                  2. JMF RE: soypower Feb 21, 2013 12:05 PM

                    Benny's Bloody Mary Beef Straw's...

                    Home made pickled anything. For the past few years a friends bar has had a new years day bloody mary buffet. Another friend who is a top chef makes all kinds of crazy (but delicious) pickles, around 25-30 types. Those drinks get kinda wild.

                    1. soypower RE: soypower Mar 1, 2013 03:27 PM

                      Thanks for all the great suggestions. The bloody mary bar was a success! Unfortunately, I got sick and had to short cut it with the olive bar at whole foods and some jarred stuff I had in my fridge. But I will definitely use these suggestions for the next one!

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