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Isn’t it lucky that Sunday football gets going about the same time as Sunday brunch? Shelve the beer and soda at your next football party, and serve up the ultimate brunch beverage: the Bloody Mary.

Since the Bloody Mary can be stirred up a hundred different ways, we love the idea of having a Bloody Mary bar where your guests can make their drink to taste. Those who are into hot sauce can dash away, while others can go sans vodka if they like. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • If you’re going for ease, start with a standard Bloody Mary mix. Then guests can add in their own vodka, hot sauce and cracked pepper. For even more customization, mix chilled tomato juice, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, celery salt and sea salt. (Nigella Lawson has a great recipe for exact measurements.)
  • For those who like a little extra heat, opt for peppery vodka like Abolut Peppar
  • Impress any foodies in your group with a fancy selection of hot sauces. Gourmet food stores have a wide variety from around the globe.
  • Be creative with your garnishes. In addition to the standard celery stalks, put out bowls of blue-cheese-stuffed green olives, lemon wedges or wheels, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers and cocktail onions, and let guests skewer their own garnish.