Not-Very-Bloody Mary Recipe

Not-Very-Bloody Mary Recipe
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Not So Bloody Mary

Maryse Chevriere

Not So Bloody Mary

Here's the thing — I've never been much of a fan of the Bloody Mary. To me, it just tastes like cold, chunky, alcoholic tomato soup. Thanks, but no thanks. But then, a little over a year ago I had drinks at Prune in New York City's East Village and I tried a version that forced me to change my tune. Aptly named The Ghost of Mary, it featured a spicy, house-made tomato water.

This is my homage to that drink. Using fresh tomato water and a spicy homemade hatch green chile vodka. While the prep is a little labor intensive, once those two ingredients are ready, it's an incredibly simple cocktail to make.

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Ingredients

For the green chile vodka:

  • One 1-liter bottle vodka
  • 3 spicy Hatch green chiles, sliced into strips

For the tomato water:

  • 1 pound medium-sized tomatoes
  • Pinch of salt

For the cocktail:

  • 1 ½ ounces green chile vodka (see above)
  • 3 ounces tomato water (see above)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Pinch of salt
  • Ice
  • 2 cherry tomatoes, for garnish

Directions

For the green chile vodka:

Pour the vodka into a large glass bottle with a clamp seal then add in the strips of chiles, making sure you don't discard the seeds, as that is where the heat comes from. Shake the bottle vigorously then set aside to infuse for 48 hours, making sure to shake occasionally.

For the tomato water:

In a food processor, blend the tomatoes into a chunky purée using the pulse setting. Mix in the salt. Bundle the purée in several layers of cheesecloth and tie it to a wooden kitchen spoon with butcher's string. Suspend the bundle over a deep bowl to let the tomato water drain overnight in the refrigerator. It's important to make sure that the bundle isn't too tight, otherwise the liquid won't be as clear. Once you've collected the tomato water, discard the bundle.

For the cocktail:

Combine the green chile vodka, tomato water, lemon juice, and salt in a shaker and shake with ice to mix. Strain into a glass and garnish with a skewer of cherry tomatoes.

Bloody Mary Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Bloody Mary Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.