One of my favorite things to do when having friends over to watch a baseball game is to make a pitcher of my famous Bloody Mary cocktail and let everyone build their own perfect Bloody Mary.

The best part is that you're probably making tons of snacks and appetizers already, which means you will likely have plenty of leftover ingredients that are perfect for garnishing.

You can get very creative with your spread of additions, but here's some of my favorites. Bacon, large cooked shrimp or prawns, celery, lemon or lime wedges, baby corn, tomatoes, carrots sticks, pickles spears, onion rings, cheese cubes, sliced jalapenos or jalapeno poppers, cilantro, basil, rosemary, thyme, olives, radishes. You can also rim the edge of the glass with extra celery salt, bbq rubs, old bay, lemon pepper seasoning... The options are virtually endless.

What's my favorite combination? I would top mine with a large celery stick, a big pickle spear, a large shrimp or two and few jalapenos to add a little kick. Enjoy!

You'll need:

6 limes, juiced
3 tbsp. grated fresh horseradish
4 cups of V8 vegetable juice
4 cups Sacramento tomato juice
2 tbsp. hot sauce (I like to use a tomato based hot sauce instead of tobasco)
2-3 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
Celery salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups of vodka

In a large pitcher add the lime juice, horseradish, V8, tomato juice and vodka. Give a stir to combine everything. Add the hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce and taste for spiciness and richness, adding more if desired. I like extra Worcestershire.

Finally, season little by little with celery salt and black pepper until it's perfectly delicious. Chill for at least and hour in the fridge before setting out surrounded by all the toppings. Pour over ice to serve and add let your guests add their toppings of choice. Makes 6 - 8.

The post above reflects the thoughts and observations of New Jersey 101.5 weekend host Big Joe Henry. Any opinions expressed are Big Joe’s own.

The Ultimate Guide to New Jersey Brewpubs

From the website that gave you the "Friendliest bars" and places to watch the game, comes the ultimate guide to New Jersey brewpubs.

So what's a "brew pub"?

According to Thompson Island's Article on the differences between a craft brewery, microbrewery, brewpub & gastropub, it says:
 
"A brewpub is a hybrid between a restaurant and a brewery. It sells at least 25% of its beer on-site in combination with significant food services. At a brewpub, the beer is primarily brewed for sale inside the restaurant or bar. Where it's legally allowed, brewpubs may sell beer to go or distribute it to some offsite destinations."

New Jersey has tons of Brewpubs, some of which have been around for years and some that have just opened in the past year.

Here is a full list of the 21 brewpubs in New Jersey according to New Jersey Craft Beer:

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