No brunch menu is complete without this cocktail staple. But why not mix things up? Instead of using something out of a bottle, try creating a fresh homemade version in your Vitamix blender with just a few simple ingredients.

Our Spicy Bloody Mary Base is the perfect starting point. Loaded with veggies, it gives you that classic Bloody Mary flavor everyone loves. Once you blend the ingredients for the base, give it a taste.

To make it spicier, try adding a pinch of cayenne or freshly ground black pepper. You could also replace the pepperoncini in the recipe with a spicier alternative like jalapeno or habanero peppers.

If you like your Blood Mary on the sweeter side, try adding a touch of raw honey. Also, be sure to use regular molasses in the recipe. Blackstrap molasses will make the drink too bitter.

While it’s equally delicious as a mocktail, if you prefer your drink with alcohol simply add 1-2 ounces of your preferred vodka to the base and stir in a glass over ice.

Once you’re happy with the way your drink tastes, it’s time to have fun with the finishing touches. Garnishes can make or break your Bloody Mary bar. It’s important to offer a variety of options so your guests can customize their drinks.

To really accentuate the veggie-filled flavor of the drink, try offering a spread of complementary veggies instead of heavier garnishes like bacon or shrimp. We love gherkins, radishes, spicy green beans, pepperoncini, lemon wedges, and stuffed (or unstuffed) olives. Long celery or carrot sticks make delicious stirrers.

Adjusting the flavors to your personal preference is one of the main benefits of making this drink from scratch. You’re in control, so have fun trying new twists on this classic drink. Cheers!

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