Tasting Notes: On the weekends, Paradox Grille at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa offers a popular “Create Your Own” Bloody Mary Bar. Guests add their own vodka and nearly anything you might think of to garnish a Bloody Mary is available. This mix comes from a recipe in the book “In The Land of Cocktails” by New Orleans’ restauranteurs Lally Brennan and Ti Martin from the Commander’s Palace and Swizzle Stick in New Orleans, who know a thing or two about cocktails. Paradox Grille uses a good local mix not widely available. Make a pitcher of for your next brunch — guaranteed to make your friends and family very happy!

Lu’s Bloody Mary Mix (for 8 cocktails):

  • One 32 ounce Bottle V-8 juice (original tomato)
  • 6 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • ½ teaspoon Crystal hot sauce

Combine V-8, Worcestershire, cayenne, garlic powder, and hot sauce in a pitcher, stir well and refrigerate for a couple of hours.

Wet the rim of the 8 highball glasses using 1 lemon wedge.

Dip rim in plate of Creole seasoning (or Hawaiian red salt or Old Bay seasoning )

Pour 1 ½ to 2 oz. of vodka in each glass.

Pour in the mix to half of the glass.

Fill rest with ice and top each with a lemon and a lime wedge.

Leave head space for garnishing by guests.


  • 9 Lemon Wedges
  • 8 Lime Wedges
  • Pickled Okra
  • Pickled Green Beans
  • Pickled Green Tomatoes
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Stuffed Olives on Picks
  • Celery Rib with Leaves
  • Cocktail Onions
  • Crispy Cooked Bacon Strips
  • Jalapeño Wheels
  • Peperoncini
  • Bottles of Different Hot Sauces
Photos Courtesy Gateway Canyons & Michelle M. Winner