Mix-Your-Own Bloody Mary Bar
“In my family, everyone has an exact way they like their Bloody Mary,” says A-list party planner Bronson van Wyck. “With a self-serve Bloody Mary Bar, no one stands on ceremony. You can just go up there and make your own.” Here, how to set up a DIY bar with all the key ingredients: vodka, spiced tomato juice, ice and garnishes.
Liquor and Garnishes
Bloody Marys are usually vodka-based, but van Wyck sometimes puts in lager beer instead for a Michelada-style drink. His make-your-own bar offers both options, along with add-ins like celery stalks, green olives and lemon slices.
Van Wyck’s extra-hot Hellfire Club Bloody Mary mix (available online at vanwyck.net), is spiked with serrano peppers and Tabasco. “I go as spicy as I can,” he says. Olive juice and Peppadews “smooth out the hot pepper, so it doesn’t hurt the back of your throat.”