Seasonal Recipe: The Perfect Bloody Mary

Classic Bloody Marys have been a classic and delicious brunch staple since the days of brunching began. Not only do they seem to go well with anything on your brunch menu, but they can be tailored to fit everyone’s tastes. But, why stop at brunch? With fall being prime time for tailgating season, take your Bloody Mary to new heights by adding some unique and tailgate friendly twists.

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Prepare the Bloody Mary
You will want to start off by choosing your vegetables. Although most Bloody Mary recipes are tomato based, the fun in creating your own is that you can personalize this drink to incorporate all of your fall veggie favorites.

 

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For a traditional start, combine 3 cups of tomato juice with Worcestershire sauce, freshly grated horseradish to your taste, salt and pepper in a one-quart container. You will want to whisk this until the ingredients are well mixed. If you and your guest tend to lean on the spicier side of food and drinks, you’ll want to add about 5 splashes of hot pepper sauce to your mixture and mix that into the concoction as well. To give this classic beverage the kick that everyone loves, add 2-cups of your favorite, premium vodka.

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Take your cocktail to the next level and make it a tailgate—ready show stopper with our secret weapons: cube Hickory Farms Farmhouse Cheddar and Jalapeno Cheddar Blend, and stick onto a toothpick and insert into a Hickory Farms Sausage Snack Stick. Your guests will be wowed.

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Throw a Halloween Party to Remember

From cute and playful to scary and spooky, coming up with a particular theme for your Halloween party is a fun way to show off your festive spirit. Plus, your options for party decor and tasty appetizers are virtually endless. Make this year’s gathering extra special by impressing your guests with one of these four party ideas.

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Crime Laboratory

Transform your home into a crime lab for a fun twist on the murder mystery. Welcome your guests with their lab coat and ID badge and leave clues so they can find the suspect. For the buffet, fill measuring cups with cubes of our cheeses and sausages and place an assortment of our mustards in petri dishes. Little decorative touches, like fingerprint pillows and placing flowers in beakers, will round out the design.

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Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

For a quirky and colorful soiree, throw your own Mad Hatter tea party. Tell your guests to dress up in mismatched vintage clothes and hats. Simple decor options include antique tea pots and framed character silhouettes. For an easy buffet, make an assortment of finger sandwiches from our sausage, cheese and fruit spreads. You can even decorate them with tomato slices shaped into hearts and diamonds, so the sandwiches look like playing cards. Serve the sandwiches with teas from our Ceylon Tea Collection.

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Pumpkin Carnival

Throwing a pumpkin carnival is a great theme idea for all ages. Fill your home with cute games, such as a black cat bean bag toss or a ghostly can game, which can also double as decorations. Stick with simple carnival-themed snacks like our Peanut Brittle Popcorn with Chocolate Drizzle and bowls of our mixed nuts.

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Harvest Festival

If you live in a region that’s still relatively warm in October, host a harvest party outside. Set up a long table decorated with red and orange tablecloths, pumpkins and fall-hued leaves. If possible, try to have a bonfire roaring in the background. For dinner, serve seasonal fruits, including our apples, peaches and nectarines, paired with cinnamon-flavored whipped cream. For something a little heartier, make a couple sandwiches with our HoneyGold Ham.

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With these simple Halloween party ideas and a couple gourmet ingredients from our Hickory Farms gift baskets, you can put together a memorable get-together in no time.

Thoughtful Gifts for a Well-Deserved Promotion

We spend a great portion of our days interacting with our employees and co-workers, so it’s important to acknowledge their achievements over the years. One way we can do this is by giving them a thoughtful gift when they receive a promotion. You can make it a group gift from the whole team or a special surprise just from you. Below are a few suggestions from Hickory Farms for rewarding a valued employee and saying a job well done.

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Thoughtful Office Accessories

Keep it businesslike and gift them with a leather portfolio, desk set or nameplate engraved with their new title. Another thoughtful idea is a picture frame, so they can display a special family photo or memorable vacation shot in style on their desk or credenza.

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The Gift of Time

If you’re the supervisor or manager of an employee who just ascended another rung on the corporate ladder, consider recognizing their dedication and hard work with some additional paid time off in the form of extra vacation or personal days. They’ll appreciate your gesture and will return to work refreshed and ready to hit the ground running.

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Throw a Party

Depending on the employee and the industry, throwing a bash in their honor may be a great way to celebrate their promotion. Plan a team-building office affair complete with delicious offerings from Hickory Farms’ line of promotional gift boxes like our Deluxe Smokehouse Collection with four kinds of summer sausage, five cheese varieties and two flavors of mustard. Or break out the bubbly at an after-hours celebration so spouses can join the fun.

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Put it in Writing

Whichever gift idea is most appropriate remember to include a congratulatory note tucked inside a card or written on office letterhead to commemorate the occasion. They’re sure to treasure it and remember you fondly no matter where their career winds up taking them.

Hickory Farms can ship your gift basket orders right to your office for your convenience. Call us today at 800.222.4438 or order online 24 hours a day.