Friday, December 7, 2012

Caesars / Bloody Mary Bar

Caesar fixings
It's Friday!! TGIF. Okay, the holidays are a great time for getting family and friends together.  And while cocktail parties and family dinners are fun, I think that brunches are one of the best parts of the season.  So that is why today's Cocktail Friday recipe is for a drink that is appropriate at anytime of day.

When you have a lot of people to please (as is often the case at this time of year), sometimes it is easier to let your guests DIY-it.  Rather than guessing what they like in their morning cocktail, set out a self-serve bar, with all the fixings for a delicious boozy brunch. (If you are worried that people might be a little heavy handed when pouring the vodka, feel free to premix it with the Clamato/tomato juice.)  Now, I realize that not everyone likes Caesars / Bloody Marys, so you could also put out some juices - orange, grapefruit, cranberry, pomegranate - and Champagne for mimosas!  And for the kids, you could do hot chocolate as well as juice. 

Next week, I have an amazing recipe for an elegant main dish your holiday brunch to share with you!

DIY Bloody Mary Bar

The Perfect Caesar / Bloody Mary Bar

Mott's Clamato Juice (for the Canadians) or Tomato Juice (for the Americans)
Worchestershire Sauce
Prepared Horseradish
Hot Sauce - Cholula, Frank's, Tabasco, pick your favorite
Limes and lime juice
Montreal Steak Seasoning
Pickled Green Beans (Canadians - go for Matt and Steve's Extreme Beans)
Others: Celery, Pickled peppers,
Cute Straws for sipping

Let your guests mix their own to their preferred spice level!

*To cook your bacon, so it lays flat, start with a cold frying pan.  Lay the strips of bacon and cook, flipping often, until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crispy and browned.

Bacon and Pickled Green Beans for Caesars


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