5 Amazing Bloody Mary Garnishes

No one’s complaining about a lemon wedge and celery stick. But once you have your Bloody Mary recipe down pat, why not try taking the classic up a notch with these five combinations? Just make sure to stock up on long, sturdy toothpicks first.


Pickled Shrimp

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Place three large, cooked shrimp onto a toothpick with cornichons and cocktail onions and rest it across the top of the glass. Slide a couple of pickled green beans into the drink. Add a lemon wedge to the rim.



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Thread roasted cherry tomatoes and bocconcini (mini fresh mozzarella) onto a large toothpick and rest it across the top of the glass. Garnish drink with a sprig of fresh basil.


Smoky Bacon

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Slide two strips of cooked bacon into the glass, and skewer them together with a whole pickled jalapeno. Bonus point: try swapping out vodka for mezcal or tequila.


Briny Blue Cheese

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Place blue cheese-stuffed olives onto a large toothpick with grilled bell peppers. Thread peppers onto the pick by folding them like an accordion. Rest toothpick against the side of the glass.


Raw Bar

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Slide an untrimmed celery stalk into the drink. Place two lemon wedges on the rim of the glass and balance a raw oyster on the half shell on top.