Have Bloody Mary Bar, Will Travel

Recently I attended a meet-up with a group of Los Angeles based food bloggers.  We were getting together to talk shop about our business: cooking, eating, drinking, and telling the world all about it.

The meeting was “catered” pot-luck style so there were plenty of great dishes to be found at this brunch-time gathering.

You'll see wuite the spread at a food bloggers pot luck!

Unfortunately I didn’t have time to grill something for my peers before the event so I was at a loss for what to bring.  Knowing that all kinds of foods from savory to sweet would be present, I decided to bring a beverage.  At the same time, I didn’t want to bring a case of sodas or some old bottle of wine.

The always quick thinking Nicole of Skinny People Do suggested I put together a Bloody Mary bar.  I was immediately taken by the idea.  Not only would it have a visual appeal and fulfill a purpose — we gotta drink, right? — it would also be fun for everyone to mix up a classy drink just the way they liked it.

My Bloody Mary bar!

My Bloody Mary bar!

After a bit of research and a quick run to the grocery store, my Bloody Mary bar was packed and ready to go.  Here’s what I took along:

  • 1.75 Liters of Vodka, stored in the freezer the night before the event
  • 2 bottles of Major Peters Bloody Mary Mix, one regular and one spicy
  • Celery
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Hot sauce
  • Soy Sauce
  • Horseradish
  • Olives
  • Capers
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Lemons and Limes
  • Bamboo skewers (for the olives, tomatoes, and citrus and for stirring)
  • Cups
  • A small bag of ice
  • A serving tray to display the bar

Everything fit nicely into a rolling cooler for easy transportation.  Setting up the bar was also a breeze since all I had to do was set out the bottles and cups.

I had no problem getting everyone to start mixing up their own custom made Bloody Mary!

I have to give a shout out to Patti from Worth the Whisk for hosting the meet up and for mentioning me on her blog.  Thanks, Patti!


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Michael loves grilling, rum, and has a weakness for key lime pie.

3 Responses to “Have Bloody Mary Bar, Will Travel”

  1. It’s a nifty idea & like you said, someone’s gotta supply the drinks!

  2. Hi Michael! It was great to see you at the FBLA meeting. Your Bloody Mary bar was inspired and delicious. Thanks!

  3. Sounds like a great idea! You go Soror Nicole!I’ll have to remember this one.