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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?

  1. 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!

    1. JMF 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. southernitalian Feb 20, 2013 12:48 PM

        Sometimes I enjoy light beer in mine rather than vodka.

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        1. re: southernitalian
          splatgirl 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.

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          andieb Feb 20, 2013 09:02 AM

          lemons/limes?

          1. splatgirl 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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            1. re: splatgirl
              soypower 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.

              1. re: soypower
                splatgirl Feb 20, 2013 12:44 PM

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

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                  roro1831 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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              kimfair1 Feb 20, 2013 05:45 AM

              Horseradish
              HOT pickled green beans
              tomolives

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                chloebell 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!

                1. re: chloebell
                  soypower 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!

                  1. re: chloebell
                    Bacardi1 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 Feb 21, 2013 12:05 PM

                      I third the spicy pickled okra.

                  2. TXMandy 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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                    1. re: TXMandy
                      soypower 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.

                      1. re: soypower
                        TXMandy 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. :-)

                        1. re: TXMandy
                          soypower 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 Feb 20, 2013 09:43 AM

                            That would be wonderful! Go for it!

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                      zippypinhead Feb 19, 2013 08:46 PM

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

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                        soypower 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 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."

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