All weekend brunches should include a Bloody Mary made from scratch. Set up this easy DIY Bloody Mary Bar and let your guests serve themselves!

Bloody Mary Bar complete with vodka, , shrimp, salami, olives and cheese for garnishes.

Bloody Marys.

Either you love them or you hate them. I LOVE them and kinda believe that brunch and Bloody Marys were made for each other. Who’s with me? 

Cocktail making is an art, and this drink is definitely at the top of the list with the different variations that are available. And trust me,  people are definitely particular with how they like to drink their Bloodys.  That’s why I make things easy when I host brunch and set up a DIY Bloody Mary Bar.  My guests do the work themselves and get to drink their cocktails exactly how they like them.

Win-win, right?

How to make a DIY Bloody Mary Bar

Don’t miss these tips to help you set up a killer DIY Bloody Mary Bar at home:
  • Start by making a batch of my homemade Bloody Mary mix without the vodka. (See recipe below)
  • Set out a variety of vodka flavors so guest can choose what flavor they want (or omit completely, if they desire). A couple of my favorites are Absolut Peppar or Norseman. You can even serve Dill Pickle Flavored Vodka- who knew that was a thing?
  • Set out glasses and a filled ice bucket.
  • Don’t forget the fresh lemon wedges and celery salt to rim the glass.
  • Some people like their Bloodys HOT. Place fresh horseradish, Tabasco Sauce and a pepper mill for people to season to taste.
  • Now it’s time for the garnishes. The sky’s the limit, but here are a few of our favorites: shrimp, salami, green olives, cheese and pickles. And you can never go wrong with bacon. This Candied Bacon is always a hit.

Brunch cocktails made easy.  And not a bad way to get your veggies in for the day.

I’ll drink to that.

Top down shot of Bloody Mary in a tall glass filled with ice and garnished with fresh lemon slices, cheese and pickles.
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Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 2 oz Stoli Vodka
  • 8 oz Tomato Juice
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. Tabasco Sauce
  • 3/4 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 tsp horseradish
  • olives and celery for garnish


  1. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker over ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with and garnish with olive and celery stick. Adjust seasonings for your personal taste preferences.

Collage images of Bloody Mary Bar with fresh horseradish, olives and pickles for garnishes.