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Antipasto Bloody Mary

This post has been compensated as part of my partnership with Back Pocket Provisions and may contain affiliate links. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

Why go out to a restaurant to enjoy a fabulous cocktail? This Antipasto Bloody Mary is the perfect way to spend happy hour in the comfort of your own home!

3 Bloody Mary cocktails garnished with Italian antipasto ingredients.

Cocktail fads come and go, but the classics never go out of style.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun dressing them up a bit, right?

Take the Bloody Mary. While it’s often thought of as a brunch cocktail (and a favorite hangover cure for many!), it’s also a perfect choice for entertaining.

Assortment of bottles and jars of Bloody Mary mixes from Back Pocket Provisions

I’ve talked about my love of the Bloody Mary mixes from Back Pocket Provisions before (did you catch them in this year’s holiday gift guide?).

They’ve managed to SERIOUSLY up the quality of what a jarred/bottled cocktail mix can be. Back Pocket Provisions works with local farmers all over Virginia to fresh-press juice from their beautifully ripe tomatoes at the peak of ripeness every summer.

They currently offer jars and bottles of 3 insanely delicious varieties of Bloody Mary mixes:

Bloody Brilliant is our best rendition of the classic: fresh juice from locally-grown tomatoes with horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper.

Bloody Baja is Southwest-style, with locally-grown tomatoes, organic sweet corn, jalapenos, garlic, and smoked spices.

Bloody Bangkok is a Southeast Asian-inspired blend of locally-grown tomatoes, Thai red curry, lemongrass, and fish sauce.

Side view of 3 Bloody Mary cocktails garnished with Italian antipasto ingredients next to a jar of Bloody Mary mix.

They make, hands-down, the best Bloody Marys I’ve ever enjoyed.

And I’m not saying that I’m a connoisseur on Bloody Marys or anything buuuuut I’ve done quite a bit of QC in my day.

Exhibit A:


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And while you can make an alright Bloody Mary at home with storebought ingredients, what really makes a HUGE difference in the taste of your Bloody Mary is the quality of the tomato base.

That’s why I love keeping a stash of bottles and jars from Back Pocket Provisions in my pantry. You can really taste that farm-fresh quality in each batch.

Hosting a party? Crack open a jar, add a little booze and a quick garnish and you’ll impress the heck outta your guests.

Pinky promise!

Bloody Mary cocktails with all of the ingredients alongside.

And speaking of serving a crowd, Back Pocket Provision’s Founder and CEO, Will Gray, has some tips to make your batch cocktail making even easier:

Sometimes Bloodys are more easily made by the pitcher than the glass. If you’re serving four people or more (or just plan on day-drinking for a while – no judgment!), you can combine 1 whole quart jar of mix with 1 cup (8 fl oz) of vodka. Add a little fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice or have some citrus wedges on hand for your guests. Rather than mixing it over ice, just have a ready supply so your guests can ice their own glasses. That way, the mix won’t get diluted as it sits.

Or, if you’re low on pitchers, you can try this trick: pour yourself 4oz of mix over ice, add an ounce or so of vodka, and set that aside for you to enjoy (you’ve earned it!). Then, refill the quart jar with vodka, shake, and you’ve got a pre-mixed batch cocktail ready to go.

I love these tips, and will for sure be using them the next time I’m making batch Bloodys!

Hand placing a skewer of Italian antipasto ingredients on top of a Bloody Mary cocktail.

With so many fun possibilities when it comes to Bloody Mary variations, I figured I’d go with an Italian entertaining classic, inspired by meals with my in-laws.

Do you enjoy antipasto? Antipasto isn’t something that I grew up with, but since moving to New York and marrying into an Italian family, I have become well versed in the deliciousness of a good antipasto spread.

In our family, Antipasto is an assortment of dried and cured meats, olives, and pickled items along with a few types of cheese, and often fresh basil leaves.

Antipasto is fun because everyone is free to choose what they want off of the (often overwhelming) array of bite-sized items that are being offered.

And this is all before the actual meal!

Side view of a jar and a bottle of Bloody Mary mix.

So for my liquid homage to all things antipasto, I decided to start with the classic for a base – Bloody Brilliant.

I love pretty much any cocktail to have extra citrus, so I don’t skimp on the freshly squeezed lemon juice when mixing up a Bloody Mary.

And while I’d usually go with vodka for a standard Bloody Mary, I’m really into gin these days too, so I used a bit of each. The balance of the 2 together was a very good call!

A few dashes of orange bitters went in before shaking it all up with some ice in a cocktail shaker.

Bloody Mary cocktails with all of the ingredients alongside.

When it comes to garnishing these bad boys, feel free to mix and match your favorite antipasto items and add them to a mini bamboo skewer!

I used a mix of pepperoni meat sticks (I used my favorite uncured turkey variety, cut into smaller pieces), marinated artichoke hearts, marinated mushrooms, roasted red peppers, blue cheese stuffed olives.

I finished each cocktail off with a few grinds of black pepper before popping on the antipasto skewers, then added a lemon wedge and basil sprig to each.

Bloody Mary cocktails garnished with Italian antipasto ingredients next to a jar of Bloody Mary mix.

If you’re making this for a crowd, you could prep your antipasto skewers in advance and keep them in the fridge. You could even make a big antipasto platter and server that alongside your Bloody Marys, with skewers for those who want to add them to their cocktails.

Any way you serve it up, this cocktail is guaranteed to be a hit!

What would you put on your antipasto skewer? I’d love to hear it in the comments section below.

And be sure to follow Back Pocket Provisions over on Instagram for more fabulous cocktail inspiration – I’m loving the looks of this Back Pocket Taco Salad!

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Recipe for Antipasto Bloody Mary

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Side view of 3 Bloody Mary cocktails garnished with Italian antipasto ingredients next to a jar of Bloody Mary mix.

Antipasto Bloody Mary

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Method: Cocktail Shaker
  • Cuisine: Italian


Why go out to a restaurant to enjoy a fabulous cocktail? This Antipasto Bloody Mary is the perfect way to spend happy hour in the comfort of your own home!


  • 4 ounces Back Pocket Provisions Bloody Brilliant
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce gin
  • 1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

For Garnish (mix and match on mini skwers!):

  • Pepperoni (I used uncured turkey sticks, cut into smaller pieces)
  • Marinated artichoke hearts
  • Marinated mushrooms
  • Roasted peppers
  • Blue cheese stuffed olives
  • Lemon wedges
  • Basil sprigs


  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add Bloody Brilliant, vodka, gin, lemon juice, and bitters. Cover and shake several times, until chilled. Pour into a cocktail glass over ice (I used stemless wine glasses) and grind a little black pepper over the top. 
  2. Garnish with your choice of skewered antipasto garnishes, along with a wedge of lemon and a sprig of basil. Saluti!


Feel free to mix things up with your antipasto favorites – bocconcini,  salami, prosciutto, giardiniera – the sky is the limit!

I used The Botanist Gin, Tito’s Vodka, and Angostura Orange Bitters, but feel free to use your favorites!


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 151
  • Sugar: 3.3 g
  • Sodium: 287.6 mg
  • Fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 5 g
  • Fiber: 0.5 g
  • Protein: 1 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: Bloody Mary, antipasto, brunch

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Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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