A Bloody Mary is the ultimate brunch cocktail! Sure, the actual drink is delish, but the garnishes are the good stuff and where it’s AT! Here you’ll find the best Bloody Mary garnishes and a simple way to set up a quick Bloody Mary bar at home!
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. This post may contain affiliate links which means I may earn a small commission when you click on the links and make a purchase. I will never recommend a product that I don’t support 100%. You can read my full disclosure here.
72 BEST BLOODY MARY GARNISHES
Make your perfect Bloody Mary by mixing and matching your favorite garnishes…from classic garnishes to maybe ones you hadn’t even thought of!
Classic Bloody Mary Garnishes
These are some of the staples in a classic bloody mary cocktail:
Celery: Garnishing a Bloody Mary isn’t complete without a nice big stalk of celery!
Olives: Green olives are a classic garnish and can be bought at almost any grocery store. Try pitted manzanilla or Castelvetrano olives.
Pickles: A dill pickle spear is a standard, classic Bloody Mary garnish! Try spicy or garlic pickles for an even more tangy flavor.
Lime or lemon Wedges: Perfect for that squeeze of fresh lemon juice or lime juice in your cocktail!
Worcestershire Sauce: For a deep, salty kick to your drink!
Hot Sauce or Cayenne Pepper: For those who like it hot!
Kosher Salt/Pepper/Celery Salt: Some people shake them in their drink and some use these spices on the rim of their glass.
Veggies Garnishes (Pickled & Fresh)
Pickled and fresh veggies are almost always on a Bloody Mary bar! The pickled veggies add a bit of spice and tang to your cocktail, while other veggies add a nice crunch and freshness!
Pickled Veggies are very common Bloody Mary garnishes. There are so many options:
- Green Beans
- Red Peppers
- Artichoke Hearts
Bell Pepper Strips
Fresh Parsley or Cilantro
Meats & Cheeses
Charcuterie-type meats and cheeses are a great addition for guests to nibble on between sips!
Assorted Cheese Cubes: sharp cheddar, fontina, Swiss, Gruyere, etc.
Fresh Mozzarella Balls
Fancy Bloody Mary Garnish Ideas
Having a fancy brunch and want to impress?! Try some of those decadent Bloody Mary garnishes and appetizers. Hint: For this type of party, it’s a good idea to skip the cheap/mid-priced alcohol and go straight for a top-shelf vodka such as Grey Goose or Stolichnaya Elit.
Small Plates or Sides to Serve with Bloody Marys
Bruschetta Pizza (cut into small, bite-sized pieces)
Fresh Pico de Gallo and Tortilla Chips
Spicy Popcorn or Pumpkin Seeds
Grilled Cheese (cut into small, bite-sized pieces)
Salts & Spices
Some like to add a “salt rim” to their glass to make it look decadent and professional 🙂 It also adds a little spice!
Old Bay Seasoning
SETTING UP A BLOODY MARY BAR
Setting up a DIY Bloody Mary bar is easier than you think! Below I’ll show you the basic ingredients and garnishes. Then, feel free to mix and match the garnishes however you like!
Items Needed for a Bloody Mary Bar
- Tomato Juice, vegetable juice, store-bought Bloody Mary mix, or your own homemade mix
- Good-quality vodka: No need to go crazy and buy top-shelf vodka for a casual brunch, but a mid-priced option such as Ketel One and Tito’s are solid options.
- Plenty of ice
- Cocktail shaker
- Large Pitcher to hold the tomato juice/Bloody Mary Mix
These are just some basic garnishes I used for my Bloody Mary Charcuterie Board/DIY Bloody Mary bar. I give you LOTS more ideas above. Make it your own!
Bloody Mary Bar: Step by Step
I’ve set this up as a fun, Bloody Mary charcuterie board. If you don’t want to use a board, no problem! Just display the ingredients on a table or countertop however you like!
Step 1: Place meats (except the bacon) on the corners of the board. Place bacon, pickled carrots, and green beans in their own containers (short, clear glasses work great!).
Step 2: Place a bowl of green olives in the center of the board.
Step 3: Add dill pickles and baby corn. Scatter cheeses around the board.
Step 4: Add celery and smaller pickled veggies around the board to fill in the extra space. You can also place your bottles (vodka, Bloody Mary mix, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, etc) around the board.
I hope this has given you some great Bloody Mary garnish ideas to help you put together your own, super-fun Bloody Mary bar! If you have any you think I should add to the list, comment below, please!!!