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If you live in the Mid-West, you know that with only a 100 days of summer every moment counts. I love throwing parties, especially parties that include one of my famous vodka bloody mary’s in the summer however it can become a scheduling nightmare amongst friends when everyone has a calendar full of social activities. Chicago is a city that takes brunch seriously and plethora of restaurants that provide unique brunching experiences, but all these weekend brunches, while a great way to see family and friends, can really start taking a toll on your wallet.
So what better way to get the party started this summer than by hosting a summer brunch with an epic bloody mary bar. I love hosting brunch at my apartment, especially because I live so close to Lake Michigan. After a filling breakfast and a few rounds of cocktails, you have a full day of sun & fun at the beach ahead of you and your guests.
Last week I hosted brunch at my apartment on one of the hottest days of this summer yet. With the weather cooperating, I put together a DIY bloody mary bar for my friends to enjoy using SVEDKA vodka as my go-to alcohol for my barbecue bloody mary mix. This bloody mix recipe is simple: take your favorite bloody mary base and add a few tablespoons of your favorite barbecue sauce for a extra boost of flavor – trust me, it makes the biggest difference.
We all know that a great bloody mary starts with quality vodka and a splash of spicy bloody mary mix, but don’t forget about the garnish. I put together a few of my favorite items on one plate and let my friends have free reign on what they wanted to put into their cocktail. The bacon on a stick was a huge hit as were the kalamata olives and dill pickle spears. My general rule of thumb, if you would eat it at a great BBQ restaurant than it deserves to go into a bloody mary.
With 4th of July just around the corner, the SVEDKA Stars and Stripes bottle make a great decorative table topper. Who doesn’t love it when your vodka does double duty? It’s like the price of food and decor all in one. This summer bring your friend and family together for a meal and a great cocktail; you’ll create lasting memories for years to come.