Looking for an amazing Bloody Mary bar? Look no further. Gateway Canyons has the delicious and unique spread we have always longed for on a weekend morning.
John Hendricks owner and creator of Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Travel + Leisure’s “Best Resort of The West 2016” dreamed of traveling west to Colorado from his West Virginia home as a child. He’d hop in his father’s car in the driveway, pour over dad’s dusty road maps and take an imaginary road trip deep into the canyons of western Colorado. His dad spoke often of a magical place of unusual beauty in a canyon outside of Grand Junction Colorado near a town called Gateway. John, who also created Discovery Communications (The Discovery Channel and others), has built and owns his dream of Gateway Canyons. Here he offers many opportunities to share the wonder of life, through UTV treks, a Baja Truck Experience with pro drivers, rent-able luxury cars to take you down the canyon roads, searching for dinosaur tracks nearby with an archaeologist, hikes, skeet shooting, heli-tours, wildlife viewing, horseback riding, spa, car museum, or just spots to sit in and soak up this magnificent place.
The food and wine program is exceptional as they try to use local Colorado products. The casual Paradox Grille, famous for their Bloody Mary Bar, or the terrace of the slightly fancier Entrada Restaurant with drop-dead views of the red palisade formation glowing at sunset, both showcase the chef’s skills. Fare at the Paradox is “Colorado Cuisine;” a bit of Mediterranean, Tex Mex, Southern and West Coast, but with a decidedly Colorado twist. At Entrada, Colorado beef, chicken, pork, fish and vegetarian preferences are accommodated with great taste serving beautiful preparations that are extremely wine-friendly.
On the weekends Paradox Grille offers a popular “Create Your Own” Bloody Mary Bar. Guests add their own vodka and nearly anything you might think of to garnish a Bloody Mary. Our mix comes from a recipe in the book “In The Land of Cocktails” by New Orleans’ restaurateurs Lally Brennan and Ti Martin from the Commander’s Palace and Swizzle Stick in New Orleans, who know a thing or two about cocktails. Paradox Grille uses a good local pre-made mix not widely available. Make a pitcher of mix for your next brunch.
Gateway Canyons Bloody Mary Bar
- Lu's Bloody Mary Mix (for 8 cocktails):
- one 32 ounce bottle V-8 juice (origional tomato)
- 6 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon Crystal hot sauce
- 9 lemon wedges
- 8 lime wedges
- pickled okra
- pickled green beans
- pickled green tomatoes
- cherry tomatoes
- stuffed olives on picks
- celery rib with leaves on
- cocktail onions
- crispy cooked bacon strips
- Jalapeno wheels
- bottles of different types of hot sauce
- Combine V-8, Worcestershire, cayenne, garlic powder, and hot sauce in a pitcher, stir well and refrigerate for a couple of hours.
- To Serve:
- Wet the rim of the 8 highball glasses using 1 lemon wedge.
- Dip rim in plate of Creole seasoning (or Hawaiian red salt or Old Bay seasoning )
- Pour 1 ½ to 2 oz. of vodka in each glass.
- Pour in the mix to half of the glass.
- Fill rest with ice and top each with a lemon and a lime wedge.
- Leave head space for garnishing by guests.