Bloody Mary Bar for Parties

by Dorothy Reinhold on July 13, 2011

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I met a fellow blogger who had the best potluck invention ever! This man raised the bar (in more ways than one!)

His idea would be perfect for a summer (or any season, really) party, breakfast or brunch, patio or pool gathering, a meeting party (where the subject of the party is a meeting of some group), or anytime you need some imported fun.

It has a number of fine attributes for a potluck: it is relatively easy on the creator, it only requires one trip to the store, it transports easily, it cleans up easily, the ingredients don’t spoil during the party and can be taken home afterwards, and it will be welcomed by most if not all hosts. Is that perfect, or what?

Michael Jenkins-Brown of South Bay Foodies arrived at the 10 a.m. party and set up a Bloody Mary Bar, complete with every single thing you would need. It was a DIY, self-serve affair, so he even printed instructions. It was not only impressive, but it immediately drew partygoers who were game to try their hand at constructing their own custom Bloody Mary. Want extra Worcestershire? Fine, you’re in charge of splashing it in, so you put in as much as you want. Want a virgin Mary? You’re in charge of the alcohol, too, so avoid it if you like. Extra capers? Fine! Three olives? Yes!


This is what he brought for the Bloody Mary Bar:

  • 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 into a rolling cooler for easy transportation. He set up the bar in about 3 minutes, since all he had to do was set out the bottles, cups and instructions.

Here’s a visual tutorial:

Bloody Mary Bar instructions

Partygoer Cheryl Lee builds her own.

Bloody Mary Bar

In goes the booze.

Michael Jenkins-Brown

The creator of the Bloody Mary Bar, Michael Jenkins-Brown.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Nena July 26, 2011 at 9:05 am

These are the kind of people I’m inviting to my next pot luck! This is a great idea. Thank you Shockingly Delicious.


Dorothy July 26, 2011 at 9:56 am

Oh yeah…food bloggers are the BEST guests! They come with delectables.

Reply July 13, 2011 at 9:53 am

What a fun party idea. Everybody loves this cocktail and how wonderful to be able to create your own. I’ve been making my skinny Bloody Mary for years to serve for brunch,


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