Recipes, Drinks & Cocktails

DIY a Bloody Mary Bar This Weekend

Elevate your brunch game this weekend.

Setting up a brunch buffet this weekend? Create the perfect Bloody Mary bar for the event!

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Now everyone has their favorites, but we are here to showcase a twist on a classic. We are taking the traditional Bloody Mary up a notch by making it Chicago-style. Think hot dogs, relish, ketchup, even the poppy seed bun!

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Prep work, outside of getting all the ingredients, is very minimal. Just make sure you've got a little countertop space to set up your scene. Lay out all the glassware, tools, stir sticks, garnish skewers, and pre-make the base of the mix in a pitcher as well.

Maybe add in some personal touches and voila! your fabulous bar cart has been built!

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Chicago Style Bloody Mary


Lauren Kelp


May 18, 2017


June 21, 2018

Prep Time

3 minutes


1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds

1 teaspoon celery salt

1 wedge lemon

Dill pickle spears

Cocktail wieners

12 fluid ounces of tomato juice (make sure it's chilled)

1/2 cup of vodka

1 teaspoons yellow mustard

3/4 teaspoon dill pickle juice

3/4 teaspoon finely grated sweet onion

Sport or pepperoncini peppers


1. Add poppy seeds & half of the celery salt to a shallow plate (similar to above)

2. Cut your lemon wedge in half & rub around the rim of your glasses

3. Flip your glasses upside down & rim the edge of your glass in poppy seed/salt mixture & then fill will ice.

4. Stir your V8 vegetable juice, vodka, mustard, pickle juice, onion and remaining celery salt in a pitcher. Add more mustard or celery salt to taste.

5. Stir gingerly until mixed well & pour into glasses.

6. Now the fun part! Grab your skewers and get to work – garnish them like your favorite Chicago-style hot dog. We love cherry tomatoes, a good sport pepper, a delicious cocktail hot dog, a dill pickle, and of course, a sweet onion!

7. Serve, sip, repeat!

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