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

Kick up a classic cocktail with this crowd-friendly recipe for Bloody Marys.
5 from 2 votes
Bloody Marys for a Crowd
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Servings 2 quarts


  • 1 (46-oz.) can V8 vegetable juice
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 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.
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Recipe adapted from Growlies for Groups.

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Calories: 639kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Sodium: 1263mg, Potassium: 316mg, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 25IU, Vitamin C: 21.9mg, Calcium: 37mg, Iron: 1.8mg

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  1. 5 stars
    Used Clamato instead of plain tomato juice. While somewhat thinner than with the traditional tomato, these were delicious!! Easy to make……just a lot of ingredients. Next time I will need two pitchers!!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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!