Cocktail Hour: Bloody Mary Brunch

Cocktail Hour: Bloody Mary Brunch

Now that the weather is warming up, it’s time for a little recharge after the winter doldrums. It’s important to celebrate the little things; for me, it’s those fleeting moments that I get to spend with friends. So to add to our month of celebrations, we planned a rustic Bloody Mary Brunch.  When I’m old and gray, I want to have a house by the sea. And paint. With a lot of wonderful chums, good music, and booze around.
And a damn good kitchen to cook in. ― Ava Gardner
I can’t think of a better way to spend a late lazy morning than with my girlfriends. Our lives on-the-go can take their toll, so we all need to make space to relax.

A brunch need not be fussy to be fun, especially since we’re all so busy. We invited our friend Tania over for some quality catch-up time, Ashley made a crustless quiche with a green salad, paired with a gorgeous cheese plate that Autumn brought, and naturally, I took care of the drinks. As far as cocktails are concerned, Bloody Marys are the perfect savory beverage. Bloody Marys are great both in the spring and fall, and right before the peak of the summer, when all you want is a cold beer or something refreshing with citrus and gin in it. I happen to love salt over sweet most days of the week, so this cocktail is one of my favorites.

The centerpiece of our brunch was the Build-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar. I think a Bloody Mary should be overflowing with tasty things, so why not let your guests choose their own adventure? We filled our bar with celery stalks, Slim Jims™, (for those who like a little meat in their Bloody Mary), sweet pickles, dill pickles, cornichons, smoked olives and stuffed olives, cocktail onions, tiny sweet peppers, lemon wheels and fresh carrot stalks.

I love introducing people to tasty Bloody Marys because most people have only had terrible ones. First of all, your Bloody Mary mix will either make or break your Bloody Mary. It is EVERYTHING. I have tried making my own in the past, but this time Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning took all the guess work out of making our Bloody Mary mix.  And now, I will never try to make my own mix again. This seasoning makes a flawless Bloody Mary. All you have to do is add it to your tomato juice. (Or to your Clamato juice if you like your Marys a little briny). We made a fun little video to show you how:

Demitri’s makes effortless Bloody Marys, and with four different flavors, there’s something for everyone. My personal favorite is the Chipotle Habañero because I love the spice. As an added bonus, Bloody Mary Seasoning doubles as a marinade or seasoning for food, or you can even use it to season some cocktail cousins: the Michelada or Sangrita.

That’s pretty much all you need to have a great mini celebration: great food, great friends and a Bloody Mary Bar!  We’re even going to throw in a little kicker, by giving you everything you need to throw your own Bloody Mary Brunch. Check out our fantastic giveaway below!

GUESS WHAT WE’RE GIVING AWAY

Everything you need to have your own Bloody Mary Brunch

(1) 8oz Bottle of Demitri’s Classic Bloody Mary Seasoning
(1) 8oz Bottle of Demitri’s Chipotle Bloody Mary Seasoning
(1) 8oz Bottle of Demitri’s Chilies and Peppers Bloody Mary Seasoning
(1) 8oz Bottle of Demitri’s Extra Horseradish Bloody Mary Seasoning
(1) Tin of Demitri’s Rim Shot Bloody Mary Salt for your glasses
5 pack of Demitri’s Pepperoni Straws

(2) Demitri’s Printed Pint Glasses

Contest begins May 23, 2013 at 8:00am PST and ends June 01, 2013 at 11:59pm PST.
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This May we’re celebrating celebrations! We’ll also share tricks that busy working women like us use to throw memorable bashes with minimal effort.
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Author Description

Jenn Wong

Jenn Wong - the Urban Ninja - is the publisher and host of Way of The Wong, a contributor to the LA tech blog lalawag, and has covered the LA cocktail community in Angeleno Magazine. You can find her online @wayofthewong | @wayofthewong on Instagram

  • Nicole Orozco

    Fave garnish to this drink is def shrimp. This looks like such a great idea!

    • AshleyFauset

      Mmm! What a great idea, Nicole. I’m going to try that next time!

      • Nicole Orozco

        I hope you like it! :]

    • http://www.wellinla.com/ erin @WELL in L.A.

      Have you been to El Cid in Silverlake? They have crazy “meal” Bloody Mary’s with a seafood smorgasbord!

      • http://www.wayofthewong.com/ Jenn Wong

        yum. that sounds super tasty… I’m in. Who wants to go? :)

      • Nicole Orozco

        I’m gonna need to look that up!

      • AshleyFauset

        Um, YUM!

  • Jason Schmid

    My favorite garnish? My face on the rim of the glass…

    • AshleyFauset

      That made me laugh so hard.

    • http://www.wellinla.com/ erin @WELL in L.A.

      Awesome!

  • Kelly Miller

    I recently garnished with Frog Balls…LOL! It’s not what you think – they’re pickled brussel sprouts! Asparagus is good too!

    • http://www.wayofthewong.com/ Jenn Wong

      wow. I was worried there for a second :) … now I think I want to try some Frog Balls… (never thought I would say that out loud)

  • Heather Myrick Arnold

    Green olives all the way! Such a fun post and way cute video.

    • http://www.wayofthewong.com/ Jenn Wong

      Thanks Heather!

  • Rhea Frawley

    Celery and olives

  • Sharon Wolfard Mooers

    Love mine with Lil’ nippers dilly beans and olives!

    • http://www.wayofthewong.com/ Jenn Wong

      yum! Dill beans! love those!

  • Kris Liedeka

    Pickled asparagus, olives, and celery…. and a straw.

  • http://www.wellinla.com/ erin @WELL in L.A.

    Anything pickled and spear-shaped! Beans, asparagus, pickles. Celery for garnish, but I won’t eat it ;)

  • Julie Van Iwaarden

    Green Olives, Celery, Blazin’ Beans, and of course a Pepperoni Straw!

  • Sylvia Hendershott

    LOVE the video thing. Great vibe, yummy eye candy.

  • Linda

    Love the celery.

  • judy sizemore

    i like olives

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.essad Jennifer Essad

    wow – this prize pack would be the perfect set up for a weekend at the beach-thanks for offering us a chance to win

    • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.essad Jennifer Essad

      for me the really large stuffed green Olives are my favorite to pair w/a bloody mary

  • Judy Bennett

    You can’t go wrong with jalapeno-stuffed olives. And I adore Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws!

  • lyndadawinda1074

    I’d garnish with a simple celery stick!

  • Stephanie

    A Bloody Mary is my drink of choice! I even dressed up as one for Halloween one year!

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