How to Build A Tailgate Bloody Mary Bar
Food and Drink

How to Build A Tailgate Bloody Mary Bar

If you’re like us, you want a delicious, fancy drink with minimal effort. Bloody Mary bars are perfect for mid-morning tailgates – they’re interactive, fun, and delicious. Here’s how to make the ultimate one!


What do I need?


  • Vodka
  • Tomato juice (or Clamato if you’re making a Caesar)
  • Lemon juice
  • Horseradish
  • Worcestershire
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Tabasco
  • Garnishes: bacon, lemon wedges, celery stalks, pickles spears, olives, cheese squares, lime wedges, pickled beans, okra, Old Bay seasoning – the possibilities are endless but you should offer some combination of these garnishes.


Everyone likes their Bloody Mary a little differently. Putting these items in a well-organized, easy-to-grab station makes a Bloody Mary bar not only tasty but smart and fun.

  • Mason Jars (1 for every garnish that doesn’t come in a jar)
  • Large Toothpicks
  • Chalk board 

Some tailgaters may not be a Bloody Mary connoisseur such as yourself. Make it easy for them and write instructions. These can be simple:

  1. Choose glass
  2. Pour vodka
  3. Garnish inside
  4. Pour juice
  5. Garnish top
  6. Drink!


I Brought All This to the Tailgate. Now what?

Before the tailgate, place items into the mason jars. Ideally, you want all of these items to fit in 1 easy-to-carry container. Unload your items onto a table. You can get as cute or basic as you want, but at least place them in order from left to right: cups, liquor, juice, garnish. Set up your instructions and see who makes the best Bloody Mary!