It's the easiest way to improve on the classic brunch cocktail.

June 25, 2018
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three kinds of bloody marys
Credit: Pippa Drummond

These deluxe versions of the brunch standard will give you three good reasons to invite people over. Their toppings-riffs on shrimp cocktail, Caesar salad, and an iceberg wedge-are all appetizer-worthy. Stir up a batch of our go-to mix a day ahead; then, just before friends arrive, set out rimmed glasses, vodka (or not), and skewers of garnishes, so they can pick a stick and snack while they swizzle.

1. SHRIMP COCKTAIL

Rim glasses with a lemon wedge and equal parts kosher salt and Old Bay seasoning. Stack skewers with poached shrimp, a lemon wedge, and pitted Castelvetrano olives. Serve with celery stalks.

2. CAESAR SALAD

Stack skewers with chunks of Parmesan, half a hard-cooked egg, a small anchovy fillet, and a homemade crouton. Serve with romaine leaves, in glasses rimmed with a lemon wedge, flaky sea salt, and lemon zest.

3. ICEBERG WEDGE

Rim glasses with a lemon wedge and equal parts kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stack skewers with cherry tomatoes, iceberg lettuce, and a firm, creamy blue cheese; serve with slices of crisp bacon.

Get the Make-Ahead Bloody Mary Mix Recipe

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