So far, I’ve covered what shoes to wear, what purse to pack and why you should be eating King Cake for breakfast, but today, let me tell you what you should be drinking for Mardi Gras with a traditional southern Bloody Mary recipe! Haute Off the Rack and I have tested and approved it as well as styled our fancy Mardi Gras bar cart with festive Mardi Gras cups to get you equipped with the right ingredients and best drinkware!
FYI, we totally saved this for a Friday post before you head off into your weekend in case you’re planning on brunching or needed to gather Mardi Gras essentials before next weekend.
If you’ve been following along with APoL, you know I’m no whiz around the kitchen, so I like my drink recipes like I like my food recipes – with as few ingredients as possible. And on parade day, chances are that you’re not going to have a ton of time or resources to get all of your ingredients together to make a homemade Bloody Mary. You’ll need something quick, preferably in a bottle ready to pour which is why going with a mix is a always a good idea. My personal favorite when it comes to Bloody Mary mixes is Zing Zang, and I love mine spicy!
I’m not going to get into measurements, because when it comes to cocktails, I never measure… I eyeball it. “Eh, looks about right.” Pick your vodka of choice (always, always Goose or Ketel One for this girl), give it a good pour, and then top it off with Zing Zang mix. I normally like to pour mine into another cup and then back in my original cup to make sure everything mixes.
One of the best part of the Bloody Mary is eating the ingredients you stick in it! My favorite ingredients to add in are olives, okra, pickles, bacon, shrimp – get crazy with it if you can. It’s like a meal down here for most people in the South. I also love Bloody Mary’s with celery salt too, but like I said, if you don’t have all of the proper ingredients on hand – Zing Zang it!