I host Super Bowl parties for the sake of hosting a Super Bowl party. My motto is, “Any excuse for a party.” Even though I was born and raised in Texas, I have no understanding of the game. I more closely relate to the Violet Crawley, Downton Abbey meme, ‘A Super Bowl? Is it Wedgwood?’

Because Super Bowl parties are informal affairs, and everyone moves at their own pace, I like to have a self-serve bar. And, with it being a Sunday, I particularly like a Bloody Mary bar. This quintessential drink is easy to make and it’s perfect for the day.

Another great reason to set up a help-yourself-bar is that it allows you to relax and feel more like a guest at your own party. That said, I do like to greet each arriving guest with their first drink, show them to the food, make introductions, and point them to bar for subsequent drinks.

My friend Katie Scott makes a mean Bloody Mary and sets a beautiful bar. Her gorgeous home and bar are featured in my book Entertaining at Home. I am including her recipe, and tips for setting up the bar below. Enjoy!

The Bloody Mary Bar

Mix: Debutante Farmer Bloody Mary Mix is seasoned to perfection. Be sure to offer several brands of vodka.

Season: Tabasco and Worcestershire sauces are classic partners. A few others to include: celery salt, garlic salt, caraway seeds, black pepper, smoked paprika, or horseradish.

Garnish: Don’t forget the garnishes. Celery is the go-to garnish. I love to use pickled green beans, pickled okra, celery, crispy bacon, cherry tomatoes, blue cheese stuffed olives, and lemon wedges.

Chill: Freeze the Bloody Mary mix in ice cube trays. It will chill your drink without watering it down.



The Perfect Bloody Mary

  • Author: Ronda Carman


2 ounces vodka
8 ounces Bloody Mary mix, preferably Debutante Farmer
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 to 3 dashes hot pepper sauce, such as Tabasco to taste
1 pinch salt
1 dash freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
½ cup ice cubes
1 stalk celery
1 lemon wedge 


In a highball glass, stir together vodka, Bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Add lemon juice and mix well. Fill the glass with ice. Garnish with a celery stalk and a lemon wedge, and serve.

Photos by Michael Hunter

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