When selecting foods to pair with Lovejoy’s Brand Bloody Marys, it's best to choose appetizers that complement the strong flavor of the cocktail. Balance the spiciness of the drink with something milder and soothing to the mouth. Meat dishes and vegetarian options are excellent pairings for Lovejoy’s Brand Bloody Marys. Below are some of our favorite Bloody Mary appetizer combinations.
- Swedish Meatballs: These small, creamy meatballs are milder than traditional Italian meatballs, and their sweetness offsets the spiciness of a Bloody Mary. You can make them ahead of time and heat them on the day of your party, which means less work for you.
- Mozzarella Sticks: Mozzarella cheese covered in breadcrumbs and fried perfectly is always a crowd-pleaser—cheese pairs well with tomato, which is the flavor base of Bloody Marys. The gooey nature of the mozzarella stick also contrasts nicely with the horseradish in the drink. You can save time by buying premade mozzarella sticks from the freezer section of your grocery store.
- Red Pepper Hummus and Toasted Pita: Hummus is a healthy and flavorful treat that goes well with the strong taste of a Bloody Mary. Cut pita wedges and assemble an attractive tray of good-for-you snacks. Add cut-up vegetables such as celery, carrots, and tomatoes to fill the plate. Experiment with different flavors of hummus as well.
- Grilled Bacon-Wrapped Scallops: These decadent, buttery scallops wrapped in savory bacon are a popular party food. Their rich flavor makes them an exceptional accompaniment to Bloody Marys. They can also bring down the heat, especially if your cocktail has a heavy pour of Tabasco. Make more than you think your guests will eat; they'll be a hit.
- Poached Shrimp: Cool and refreshing poached shrimp is the perfect appetizer to balance the spiciness of Bloody Marys. The poaching process brings out the robust flavor of the shrimp, and serving them cold takes the zing out of the aftertaste of the drink. Your guests may enjoy hanging the shrimp on their glasses. You can also provide a bowl of cocktail sauce, but many guests may prefer the shrimp alone.