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Take Your Bloody Mary to the Next Level with These Garnishes

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

three kinds of bloody marys
Photography by: 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.

 

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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.

 

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