World’s Largest Tailgate Bloody Mary

By on October 14, 2015
Tailgating Bloody Mary

Okay! Okay. We know we’re going to hear from the Jimmy Fallon fans when we start talking about the World’s Largest Bloody Mary. By sheer volume, what we’re going to show you here isn’t close to the nearly 360-gallon cocktail into which he was submersed as a human garnish on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon back in 2010. But come on … would you actually want to drink that putrid thing after he and a guest swam in it and a visiting basketball team shot hoops into it? Yech!

We’re showing you how to hack your way to the biggest Bloody Mary you and your tailgate bros and sisses will actually want to drink. Besides – you’re not really making a record attempt. You’re just trying to convince your tailgating crew you’re a big shot and spent a whole bunch of money building them an enormous top-shelf cocktail.

We did some redneck back of the snuff can calculations. To make enough Bloody Mary to fill a 32-gallon container with bar rail vodka and a primo homemade mix would cost you about $696.91. If you used a top-shelf vodka it could run you $971.85 or more! Almost a grand! You gonna spend that on strangers in the parking lot outside the stadium?

The Build:

Components –

32-gallon heavy-duty plastic garbage can (ours is Rubbermaid® Brute® Container)

5-gallon food-safe plastic bucket (with lid if you want maximum portability)

Tailgating Bloody MaryPlastic spigot

1 straight hose barb

1 elbow hose barb

Appropriately step-sized threaded connectors

3-4 feet of food-safe vinyl tubing that will fit the hose barbs you selected

2-foot x 2-foot piece of foam insulation board at least two inches thick

Several lengths of 1×4 scrap lumber

4-8 bricks

Duct tape

Instructions –

  1. View garbage can from front with handles pointing directly to the sides.
  2. At the midpoint between the handles, approximately four inches up from the bottom of the can, use a permanent marker to mark a drilling point.
  3. With a bit 1/16th smaller than the male screw portion of your spigot, drill a hole straight through the wall of the can.
  4. Turn the spigot into the hole so it snugs up against the wall of the can, but do not over tighten.
  5. On the inside of the can use the appropriate stepped connecter to attach the straight hose barb to the back of the spigot.
  6. As close to the bottom of the sidewall of the five-gallon bucket as the male screw end of your elbow hose barb will allow, drill a hole 1/16th smaller than the male screw eTailgating Bloody Marynd of the elbow hose barb.
  7. Carefully turn the male screw end of the hose barb into this hole, with a connector waiting on the inside to act as a nut.
  8. Snug the hose barb to the outer wall of the bucket and the connector to the inner wall of the bucket, but do not over tighten. This connection is most important because it has the highest likelihood of leaking. However, a little bit of Bloody Mary in the bottom of the garbage can shouldn’t be too upsetting.
  9. Place/stack the bricks into the bottom of the garbage can. Stack enough of them so that when the bucket is placed inside and rests on the bricks, its bottom is visibly above the top of the spigot. (As in all plumbing projects, the most important thing to remember is “BM flows DOWNhill!” BM stands for “Bloody Mary” … of course.)
  10. Next cut four lengths of 1×4 long enough so standing vertically from the bottom of the can they’ll reach evenly within three inches of the top.
  11. Stand these boards against the inside walls of the can at the four compass points, but being careful so they are positioned well away from the entry point of the spigot. Duct tape them securely in place.
  12. Using a sharp knife, trim the foam board so it fits snuggly inside the top rim of the can, and rests on the top ends of the vertical 1x4s.

The Set Up:

Tailgating Bloody MaryComponents –

Your pre-built world’s biggest Bloody Mary container

15-20 pounds of cubed or crushed ice

3 gallons of your favorite Bloody Mary mix (see one of our favorite recipe’s here if you need inspiration)

1 gallon of your favorite vodka (more or less as to your taste)

Some beers (none to lots per your taste)

Your favorite game day savories like wings, sausages, cheese, olives, etc.

Lots of celery and additional greenery for garnish

Sharp wooden skewers


The Most Ridiculous Tailgating Bloody Mary Ever
Combined, this will make approximately 4.75 gallons of Bloody Mary to serve your friends, which is just below the capacity limit of your 5-gallon bucket. (Trust us, we did the math.) There you have it – the recipe to hack your way to the world’s biggest Bloody Mary or at least the biggest at your next tailgating shindig. And it won’t cost you’re an arm and a leg – unless your not careful with the saw and the drill!
Recipe type: Drinks
  • 1⅛ cups spicy prepared mustard (your favorite variety, but the hotter the better)
  • 1⅛ cups Worcestershire Sauce
  • ¾ cup prepared horseradish (again, the hotter the better)
  • ¾ cup Tabasco Sauce (the original version)
  • ¾ cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice from 12 lemons (about 12 oz.)
  • Juice from 12 limes (about 8 oz.)
  • ⅛ cup celery seed (crushed to fine powder to avoid clogging the line)
  • ¼ cup finely ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup fine grain salt
  • 3 gal. (12 qt. or 384 oz.) organic tomato juice (because this is going to be such a health drink)
  • 36 oz. of your favorite beer (optional)
  • 36 oz. of Clamato juice (also optional unless you’re Canadian or from North Dakota – same thing)
  • 4 qt. vodka (that’s a gallon if you’re cheaping out and buying the big plastic jug kind)
  • Garnishes: Go as crazy as you want. You have a nice solid surface on which to create a miniature buffet from which guests can choose whatever they’d like. Lots of celery of course, but this is supposed to be a big, top-shelf Bloody Mary, so a tray of chicken wings, some sausages, cheese, olives, oodles of pickled stuff and more should be available. Let your imagination and your pocketbook be your guide. Some long sharp skewers will allow them to gather their selection without putting their grubby hands all over everything! Have a bucket of ice handy for those who want theirs on the rocks, but the ice surrounding the bucket inside the can cools the mix down nicely. A stack of red Solo cups and your ready for a ridiculous tailgate bash.
  1. Remove the foam board, and carefully thread the two ends of the vinyl tubing onto the hose barbs. It should be a snug fit, but removable when you want to do so.
  2. Place the bricks in the bottom of the garbage can and set the bucket, which now has an umbilical cord to the garbage can, carefully on top of them. Be sure the tubing winds unobstructed and un-pinched around the perimeter of the can DOWN to the spigot.
  3. Pour the premixed mix, optional liquids, and vodka into the bucket and stir gently with a canoe paddle to combine (and for affect on the now-gathered onlookers.)
  4. If you have a lid for the bucket, place it on top, but be sure vent holes are cut in it to allow air to vent in as the liquid is drained. (The second most important premise in plumbing: “Without a vent, BM won’t flow downhill or any direction.” Yes – BM still stands for Bloody Mary.)
  5. Carefully pour the ice between the bucket and the can making sure not to constrict the tubing at any point.
  6. Secure the foam board in position to cover the top.
  7. “Garnish” the top with the savories, celery heads, greenery, etc. You can get creative and standup sausages and such on the skewers poked into the foam board as well.

There you have it – the recipe to hack your way to the world’s biggest Bloody Mary or at least the biggest at your next tailgating shindig. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg – unless your not careful with the saw and the drill!

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