Bloody Marys for a Crowd

Powder blue “RIVERS” jersey? Check. Pre-game brunch with my mom’s famous eggs? Check. Wearing said “RIVERS” jersey while secretly cheering on Tom Brady and his haircut? Inconspicuous check.

My family had been anxiously awaiting this past weekend for almost a year. It was the San Diego Chargers versus the New England Patriots and it was on our hometown turf in southern California. The game alone was worth the 3,000-mile cross country trek. To kickstart the day of family, friends and football, we mixed up Bloody Marys for a crowd because nothing says gameday like a pitcher of spiked tomato juice.

Whether you’re headed to the stadium next weekend or are parking it on the couch, mix together this embarrassingly easy cocktail for you and your friends and then move on to the day’s real purpose – eating – with tailgating-inspired recipes for any size crowd.


Bloody Marys for a Crowd

Yield: 2 quarts

Prep Time: 10 min


46 oz. V8 vegetable juice
1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 dashes hot sauce
¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
2 Tablespoons sugar
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon black pepper
2 cups vodka
ice, for serving
celery stalks, for garnish
pimento-stuffed olives, for garnish


In a large pitcher, combine all of the ingredients except for the vodka. Refrigerate until chilled.
When ready to serve, stir in the vodka and mix well.
Pour into glasses filled with ice and garnish with celery stalks and pimento-stuffed olives.

Recipe adapted from Growlies for Groups.



  1. says

    The earliest memory I have of drinking Bloody Mary, was the first time a friend bought me one….I hated the combination of tomato juice and vodka and instead sat all night licking the salt off the rim of the glass!!

    Today, I’m glad I ‘grew up’….a well-made Bloody Mary can cheer up any crowd!

  2. Doug Bedell says

    A good Bloody Mary in the morning will wake me up with a smile.
    I like a little more hot sauce but my wife hates it so we make them
    Never thought of making it with V8 Juice. Sounds like a nice change.
    Thanks for the recipes and reason to do a change.
    First will try Pasta with Pancetta and Vodka Sauce. Sounds scrumptious.

  3. Poppy says

    Not sure if I’m being a complete novice (or English) but what is prepared horseradish? Is it a chopped up horseradish? Pickled? I love bloody mary’s – one of the first alcoholic drinks I tried when I was younger.

    • Kelly Senyei replied: — August 6th, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

      Hi Poppy! It’s the horseradish you buy in the jar at the grocery store (chopped up). Enjoy!


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