DIY Bloody Mary Gift Basket


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Bloody mary gift basket created by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

One of my favorite things about spring is the resurgence of bloody marys and margaritas! They’re just so yummy and refreshing– and they’re perfect cocktails for welcoming people into their new homes. I’ve actually put together quite a few margarita gift baskets as housewarming gifts in the past, so I thought it’d be fun to switch it up and create a cute DIY bloody mary gift basket instead! It was a huge hit, so I had to share it with y’all, too, especially since Mother’s Day is around the corner. I mean, what mom doesn’t love a good batch of bloody marys?! Keep reading for tips on assembling your own DIY bloody mary basket!

DIY Bloody Mary Gift Basket

Bloody mary basket filled with horseradish vodka, Agalima Organic bloody mary mix and a variety of bloody mary garnishes by blogger Stephanie Ziajka on Diary of a Debutante

What to Include in a Bloody Mary Gift Basket

Probably my favorite thing about making your own gift baskets is that you control how big and/or expensive they are.  Fortunately, 98% of bloody mary garnishes are uber affordable and take up a good amount of space. Here’s everything I used to make my DIY bloody mary gift basket–

  • Bloody mary mixAgalima Organic is my personal favorite bloody mary mix. Not only is it delish, it’s organic, vegan, and gluten-free. I’m not sure where it’s sold specifically, but I know you can buy it online. I can also confirm that they sell it at Hy-Vee, Gerbes, and Publix!
  • Organic horseradish vodka– Horseradish vodka is amazing in bloody marys! Splitrock Distillery makes my favorite!
  • Celery stalk– I mean, celery is the quintessential bloody mary garnish. Plus, it’s cheap!
  • Pimento-stuffed green olives– I added some green pimento-stuffed olives to a mason jar and added my own little label.
  • Mini dill pickles– Just like the olives, I put some mini dill pickles in a mason jar and created my own little label. I’m probably just OCD, but having multiple busy labels in a single basket bothers me. I’ve found creating your own neutral labels is a great solution!
  • Rimming spice– I put some Tajin spice (a popular Mexican spice blend) in one of these cute little gift bottles. They come with corks, twine, and cute little brown labels! 
  • Cocktail picks– What good are garnishes without cocktail picks?! I love giving these white pearl cocktail picks. They’re the prettiest cocktail picks ever, and they cost less than $10!
  • Fresh lemons and limes– Lemon and lime wedges are great in bloody marys. They’re inexpensive and take up a lot of space, too!
  • Cute napkinsThese blue striped napkins are so perfect for enjoying outdoor cocktails. They come in a pack of twelve, too, so they’re great for divvying up and giving as gifts. 
  • Fresh flowers– Flowers are my favorite way to pretty-up a gift basket. Hydrangeas remind me of all the good things about spring and summer, so I used three for this bloody mary basket. Just a tip– be sure to put your flowers in water tubes to keep them fresh and hydrated.
  • Crinkle paper– I use this light ivory crinkle paper for pretty much all my DIY gift baskets!

Other bloody mary gift basket ideas include hot sauce, pepperoncinis, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, fresh herbs, jalapenos, and pretty much any pickled vegetable or pepper variety under the sun. A colorful citrus squeezer or a fun bloody mary pitcher (like this one!) are always good ideas, too! Bacon, shrimp, salami, prosciutto, and cheese cubes are popular garnishes, as well, but I just get nervous about them sitting out for extended periods of time. 

How to Make Your Own Bloody Mary Gift Basket

I really loved putting together this bloody mary gift basket– primarily because I love bloody marys. Seriously, bloody marys bars (and michelada bars!) are my jam, so it was easy to think through what made sense and what didn’t.

First of all, I knew everything was going to be heavy, so I wanted a durable basket, like this woven hyacinth basket. Next, I made my own labels for the horseradish vodka with some brown cardstock and my Cricut and then used the labels and twine from these little glass bottles to label the dill pickles, olives, and rimming spice. I know I sound totally OCD, but seeing all those busy labels next to each other drives me crazy. 

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares a handful of Bloody mary basket ideas, along with other cocktail gift basket ideas, on Diary of a Debutante

I also added in some homey touches, like these blue striped napkins and fresh white hydrangeas. There’s nothing worse than getting half-dead flowers, so I gave each hydrangea its own water tube to keep it hydrated. Just a tip– hydrangeas have thick stems, so you may need to use a pair of scissors to expand the size of the opening. 

Also, if you decide to leave out the vodka, something like this Mud Pie bloody mary pitcher would be an adorable substitute!

Southern lifestyle blogger Stephanie Ziajka shares one of her favorite DIY gift baskets (a bloody mary gift basket) on Diary of a Debutante

And there you have it– that’s how you make your own bloody mary gift basket! As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I love hearing from you guys, and I’m happy to help!

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Just so you know, I was sent a variety of cocktail mixers as part of a sponsored social campaign with Agalima Organic. I loved this project so much that I decided to feature their bloody mary mix on my blog, as well, although I had no obligation to do so. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

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