I’ve found it! The bloody mary cocktail that I can’t get enough of.
Crazy, right?! The best bloody mary recipe that I’m actually into is not something I thought I’d find this summer.
And who would have ever thought a bloody mary could be SO pretty?
It’s no secret that I don’t loooove bloody marys.
For years I’ve documented my distaste for tomato sauce that started (or just… existed?) when I was a kid. I’ve never loved anything tomato-sauce based. At all!
But bloody marys have also been my “coffee” of this decade. And what I mean by that is that I WANT to like them. I mean, I want to love them. I want to sit at brunch and order a bloody mary that has all kinds of stuff on top, like tacos and pizza and cheeseburgers. Or heck, I’d even be happy with just bacon and olives.
P.S. my favorite bloody mary on the internet is this green monster version. Isn’t it amazing?!
Another reason for my complete horror at bloody marys is because they tend to have soooo much celery in them. And celery is the worst. It’s something that I’m almost positive I will never enjoy. The only thing coming in at a close second is fennel seeds. And then raisins, of course.
Oddly enough, I don’t really mind celery salt. Because it’s not so much the flavor, it’s the texture and/or the weird stringy crunch of the veg. So don’t yell at me: you will find a touch of celery salt here! Oooooh.
Anyway! The thing is that when I was pregnant with Max, I kind of got into tomato saucy things. It was minimal, of course, compared to others. But it stuck. And then I developed the recipe for our favorite Bolognese in The Pretty Dish. And I can say with certainty that it’s probably one of my favorite recipes of all time. I could even eat it weekly!
When I gave bloody marys another try, I realized that as long as I was in control of the base, I even semi-enjoyed them. That meant using tequila instead of vodka and that led to the twisted bacon bloody maria in The Pretty Dish too. OMG – now that is celery-free heaven.
Inspired by all the stunning gem heirloom tomatoes here (we have the best tomatoes ever in PA!), I wanted to make a fresher base with an heirloom juice. I envisioned it to be just like a fresh rainbow juice that swirls together, and I was right! That takes a little extra work, meaning you blend the colors of tomatoes separately (really just for fun, you know?), but the end result is so fresh and pretty.
Then it’s combined with some spices and seasonings that sauces that you’d normally reserve for something savory. Finish it with a smoked paprika rim. And it tastes GOOD.
I’m in to it.
Fresh Heirloom Tomato Bloody Marys
heirloom tomato juice
- 1 large green heirloom tomato
- 1 large red/dark heirloom tomato
- 1 large yellow/orange heirloom tomato
for the rim
- coarse sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1/4 teaspoon ancho chile powder
- a pinch of black pepper
for a single serving
- 1/3 cup fresh heirloom tomato juice
- 3 ounces fresh lime juice
- 2 ounces pickle juice from a jar of pickles
- 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon celery salt
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 pinch of black pepper
- 1 drop of hot sauce
- 1 ½ ounces vodka
heirloom tomato juice
To make the juice, blend the lightest (in color) tomatoes until pureed and blended. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large measuring cup or glass. I started with the green, went to the yellow and went to red. I seasoned each of the juices a bit with salt and pepper, but didn’t do much more since the bloody mary has so much flavor!
for a single serving:
Stir together the salt, paprika, chile powder and pepper on a plate. Rim the glass with a lime wedge and dip the rim in the salt mixture. Fill the glass with ice.
In a cocktail shaker or blender, add the tomato juice, lime juice, pickle juice, Worcestershire, celery salt, garlic powder, pepper and hot sauce. Shake or blend until combined. Pour over the ice and stir in the tequila. Garnish with a pickle or cucumber, a pepperoncini and cherry tomatoes.
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Reeeeally complements some fries. And a cheeseburger.