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Boozy Brunch Bonanza

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This past month my boyfriend and I both turned thirty (omg I know). Being that he is just 5 days older than me, we're super fortunate that we get to combine our birthdays into one big ridiculous event. 

Since we both love to entertain, we thought that we'd celebrate like the adults we newly are, by bringing a little indulgent class to our boozy brunch bonanza! Cue my passion for grilled cheese and his passion for delicious brunch cocktails and you get one heck of a Bloody Maria (Bloody Mary’s with Tequila!) with an insane-o grilled cheese garnish.

Our friends loved our spicy tequila-based cholula-laced bloody maria’s that were topped with pickle perfect skewers layered with delicious bites of cheesy brine-y goodness! We used Altos Tequila Plata, 100% Agave, instead of traditional vodka used in Bloody Mary’s and it was an absolute hit - we actually had to go out and get more so that the festivities could continue. Needless to say, our boozy brunch bonanza turned into an afternoon soiree full of cheese, tequila, pickles, and sunsets!

If you'd like to make these for your next party, feel free to get creative and let your guests come up with their own skewers. A word to the wise - try using a pickle spear at the bottom of the skewer. It works wonders for keeping the other garnishes from getting soggy - it's almost like a platform to keep everything else afloat. 

For the Grilled Cheese Garnish (makes 3)

Ingredients:

  • Sourdough 2 slices
  • Shredded cheddar 2 tbsp
  • Tomato 2 slices
  • Garlic salt 1 pinch
  • Salted butter 1 pat
  • Pickle spears 3
  • Cheese stuffed olives 6
  • Salami 6 slices
  • Roasted garlic 3 clove
  • Caper berries 3
  • Wooden skewers 3
  • Celery 3
  • Lime wedges 3

For the Bloody Maria’s (makes 1)

Ingredients:

  • Altos Plata (or Reposado) 2 parts
  • Lemon Juice 1/2 part
  • Tomato Juice 5 parts
  • Worcestershire Sauce 3 dashes
  • Cholula Hot Sauce 4 dashes
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper

Directions:

1. Begin by making the grilled cheese. Add half of the cheese onto one slice of bread, then add the two slices of tomato, a pinch of garlic salt and the rest of the cheese. Add the remaining piece of bread on top and butter the exterior of the sandwich. Add the buttered sandwich to a nonstick pan and turn the heat to medium. Let the sandwich cook on one side until it's golden brown and the cheese has begun to melt. Flip and repeat the process. Once all the cheese has melted and the bread is crispy, remove from heat and set aside.  2. Slice the cooled grilled cheese into 6 pieces and set aside. Take one skewer and add 1 pickle wedge, 1 grilled cheese wedge, 1 olive, 1 piece of salami, 1 grilled cheese wedge. 1 olive, 1 piece of salami, 1 roasted garlic clove and top with one caper berry. Repeat this garnish process for each bloody maria skewer.  3. Add all of the bloody maria ingredients to a shaker and stir to combine. Fill each cup full of ice and add the tequila bloody maria mix on top and stir. Add a grilled cheese skewer, a stalk of celery, and a lime wedge to each bloody maria and serve!

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