We are entering what I consider peak bloody mary season. I love making them just as summer winds down, using heirloom tomatoes (after the initial thrill of tomato season wears off). Here you have a vibrant, bold, bloody mary made with fragrant herbs, yellow heirloom tomatoes, shallots, and a bit of kick from the vodka and serrano pepper. It's the bloody mary I want to drink, and I suspect you’ll love it too!
The Bloody Mary
A Bloody Mary is traditionally a cocktail containing vodka, tomato juice, and a combination of spices and flavorings. Herbs, horseradish, celery, lemon or lime juice, garlic, hot sauces - they’re all at home here.
It's a deservedly beloved brunch beverage, hangover bounce-back, and breakfast blender endeavor. That said, there are tricks to getting it right. A good Bloody Mary is all about balance, and i’ll outline a few things to think about as you dive in.
This version is all about fresh ingredients. If you don't have fresh, ripe yellow tomatoes on hand, by all means, use red ones. The main thing is making sure they're juicy, flavorful and at their peak. Your herbs should be fragrant, and absolutely bump up the amount of serrano chile here if you like a bit more heat.
Yellow Tomato Bloody Mary
If you don't have fresh, ripe yellow tomatoes on hand, by all means, use red ones. The main thing is making sure they're juicy, flavorful and at their peak. We've been making these with the Daphnis and Chloe Greek Oregano - incredibly bright & fragrant. But if you have good dried herbs already on hand, by all means, use those.
- 2-3 medium yellow heirloom tomatoes, quartered
- 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon champagne vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
- 1/4 teaspoon finely minced serrano
- 1/2 teaspoon finely minced shallots
- 2-3 ounces vodka
- garnish ideas: tiny feta cubes, olives, cucumber slices (optional)
Core the tomatoes, place in a bowl, and puree with a hand blender, you'll need 1 cup. Combine the tomatoes with the rest of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mason jar.
Prepare four glasses with ice, and pour the mixture into the prepared glasses. Thread garnishes on short skewer or stem, if using, and serve immediately.