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Bloody Mary Gazpacho Shooters & Drunk Children at wedding reception

Drunk Wedding Stories.  Just about every wedding has one.  In some cases, it’s the bride or groom.  Drunk Adults are not an unusual sight but a shit-bombed 6 yr old is.

A few weeks ago, I attended a “friend of a friends” wedding.  Lots of children were there.  They had a beautiful champagne punch fountain at the reception that was flowing from every angle.  I can only imagine how cool it was for the kids.

I didn’t even realize what was happening until we were sitting at our table, eating with another couple and their 2 young children.  I watched one child wave Hi & Goodbye to every single piece of confetti on our table, I thought this was odd but maybe he was bored.  Then I Listened to another child slurring his words.  I watched him get up and stumble all the way to the other glassy eyed group of children. If you have ever seen a child that is drunk, it’s not cool.  I was so incredibly uncomfortable.  As I looked at the other children, buzzing around, (pun intended) gulping the lime green bubbly punch like it’s kool-aid, I felt stuck in some matrix movie, I looked at my friend and said “is this really happening?”   How do the parents not notice?  They are drinking the same freaking punch…

kids drinking

A few minutes went by and the child returned to our table with another glass.  I couldn’t take it. Now,  I didn’t want to ruin this wedding reception but I had to say something, at least to the couple at our table with children. Wouldn’t you? Maybe I’m alone on this one.  “Excuse me, I think there is alcohol in your childs drink”

Uncomfortable Moment #2 – Apparently the couple was a good friend of the bride & groom.  The lady was so upset that I would ever suggest the wedding couple was serving alcohol to children she replied “you don’t know what you are talking about, who are YOU anyway?”.

I wanted to say “WTF kind of mother are you, allowing your child to drink alcohol?”  But I didn’t..   I just took a deep breath.. a couple of them

The attention was now on the bride & groom cutting their cake – I thought for a brief moment, maybe I should have kept my mouth shut.  Nah. As I gathered my things to leave, I looked up and saw something that would ruin the day far more than my mouth.  “Excuse me, mam, you may want to turn around, your child just puked on the wedding cake.”   I heard the bride cursing as I left.  All I could think was… It’s a good thing you are such good friends..

wedding drink

Just for the record….

Now, There was no other drink to choose from.  No water, no soda, nothing.

 Oh course, I don’t think this was the bride & groom’s intention, just an oversight.  A BIG one, nonetheless.  I’ve been a bride once or twice.. and I know how many little details can get overlooked.

What would you have done????


NOW ONTO MY ADULTS ONLY – Bloody Mary Gazpacho Shooters….

I LOVE Gazpacho during the summer.  It’s a fantastic chilled soup made with fresh summer vegetables that tastes best if it’s chilled overnight.

It still feels like summer in Florida.  We recently had a foodie get-together called “One last summer day” and I was asked to bring a soup shooter.  Since the party was for adults only and I had no fear of kids accidentally consuming, I  decided to add the Bloody Mary part to put a little more FUN into this appetizer.  HUGE hit!

This recipe makes a good amount of soup. It keeps in the fridge for five days so you can keep enjoying..  Serve chunky or pureed, depending on your preference.  Since the flavors continually develop while it chills in the refrigerator, hold off on adding the vodka until just before serving time.  Another reason I don’t add the vodka until the end is because I share a fridge with 6 kids, My kids really like gazpacho…  I don’t want my kids getting drunk off of my soup.

Gazpacho Shooters

Note – Shooters take 2 ounces each and bowls about 8-12 ounces each, so servings will vary depending on use

Gazpacho Shooters


  • 2 ½ pounds Roma tomatoes
  • 1 large English seedless cucumber, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped or minced fine
  • ¼ cup finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 6 tablespoons vinegar - sherry, red wine vinegar, balsamic or Braggs cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 8 oz V-8 Juice (or use vegetable stock)
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup vodka (optional)


  1. Roughly chop the tomatoes, cucumbers, bell peppers, garlic and red onions. Put into a food processor or blender and pulse until it is coarsely chopped. Do not overprocess!
  2. After the vegetables are processed, pour into large bowl along with olive oil, lime juice, vinegar, worcestershire, V-8, tomato juice, parsley, oregano, salt, and pepper. Mix well and chill at least 4 hours before serving, overnight is best. The longer gazpacho sits, the more the flavors develop.
  3. Before serving, stir in vodka. Rub the rim of each shot glass with a cut lime and dip the glass into a small plate of kosher salt or sea salt.
  4. If serving to kids - just leave the vodka out.


Optional garnishes – celery sticks, sliced cucumbers, cooked shrimp, avocado slices, lime wedges, chopped cilantro or parsley


I used the Smoothie Smart™ Blender  from Hamilton Beach to make these shooters.

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