Overnight Bloody Marys

February 17, 2010

BigSis and I made this Bloody Mary recipe for a big family get-together on Thanksgiving about ten or twelve years ago. This recipe is perfect for a big party or a holiday celebration since you make it the day before and it makes a full gallon. I love anything that can be made ahead of time that helps eliminate last minute preparations.

With this already chilled in the frig, all you have to do the day of the party is stir in the vodka and you’re ready to serve to your guests as they arrive. It also comes in handy if the cooks get a little thirsty while working in the kitchen. :-)

This past Sunday, we had a big Valentine’s Day Brunch so I decided to make this recipe since we were serving a pretty big group of friends. I even ended up doubling the recipe. Since V-8 has more than enough sodium, I eliminated the regular salt and the Seasoned Salt from the recipe and just used one teaspoon of celery salt instead.

Overnight Bloody Marys
(adapted from 1994 edition of Southern Living “Our Best Christmas Recipes”)

1 46 oz can tomato juice
1 46 oz can V-8 (I used the Spicy)
1 c. lemon juice
1/2 c. water
2 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 t. celery salt
Frank’s Red Hot (to taste)
3 c. vodka

Combine first seven ingredients in container and stir well. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Stir in vodka just before serving.

We set up a Bloody Mary bar with Tabasco, Frank’s Red Hot, celery sticks, green olives, pickle spears, horseradish, cocktail onions, and lemon and lime wedges so everyone could season and garnish their Bloody Mary to suit their own taste.

I won’t wait another ten years to make these again! :-)


11 Comments so far

  1. Posted by noble pig

    February 18, 201011:32 am

    I love the bar idea…and the recipe!
    .-= noble pig´s last blog post … Pork Chops Marsala =-.

  2. Posted by grace

    February 18, 20104:42 pm

    i know most normal people associate the phrase ‘bloody mary’ with the beverage, but i think of that ghost story where bloody mary appears in the mirror reflection when you say her name three times. have you any idea what i’m talking about? yeah, it’s pretty random.
    meanwhile, excellent recreation of a classic. :)
    .-= grace´s last blog post … a shmiscuit, a shmasket =-.

  3. Posted by Jennifer

    February 18, 20105:27 pm

    my invite must have gotten lost in the mail . . .:-(

  4. Posted by Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer

    February 18, 20106:32 pm

    Love every part of this one!!! Nothing like a good Bloody Mary in the AM!! or PM!!
    .-= Cathy – wheresmydamnanswer´s last blog post … Mangalitsa Lard Red Velvet Cupcakes =-.

  5. Posted by LilSis

    February 18, 20107:11 pm

    Hi Noble Pig,
    Thanks. The bar set up with all the fixins’ was a big hit!

  6. Posted by LilSis

    February 18, 20107:15 pm

    Hey Grace,
    You seriously crack me up! :-)

    We used to play that game when I was in junior high and yes, I’ve seen it myself! We even played it once at a big pajama party where a few girls would be in the closet chanting and when someone would swing the door open, that girl looked like bloody mary! It still scares me!

    See, not random at all. I totally know what you’re talking about. Cheers!

  7. Posted by LilSis

    February 18, 20107:21 pm

    So, you are reading? Does it take me mentioning a party to get you to comment? :-)
    (Just kidding.)

    You know better than that, girlfriend! First, there were no invites and second, the party was on the dock and we just had HayHay and TiffTiff down in our group. The rest were our dock friends, not even anyone from the “hood”! I’d never leave you guys out!

  8. Posted by LilSis

    February 18, 20107:22 pm

    Hey Cathy,
    That’s my motto, too! All those veggies in that V-8 have to be good for you, right?

  9. Posted by Maggy

    April 23, 201011:10 am

    I love Bloody Marys! This looks delicious. So fresh and full of flavor!
    .-= Maggy´s last blog post … Lola Tomasa’s Morcon =-.

  10. Posted by Tracy

    April 23, 201012:01 pm

    Looks refreshing!
    .-= Tracy´s last blog post … Buttered Rosemary Rolls =-.

  11. Posted by Cookin' Canuck

    April 23, 20106:38 pm

    I love that these are make-ahead Bloody Mary’s – one of my favorite drinks. I usually like to add a little horseradish to mine.

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