Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato

Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato

Have you tried a Bloody Maria cocktail? It has the savoriness of a Bloody Mary, but is made with tequila instead of vodka. Today, we’re sharing Elizabeth Stark’s tasty version as we continue our month of tomato recipes. It’s made with fresh lime juice and spicy seasonings — a great combination for sipping over brunch….

Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato
by Elizabeth Stark of Brooklyn Supper

Whenever tomatoes are bountiful, the Bloody Maria is my cocktail of choice. Made by blitzing fresh tomatoes, aromatics, jalapeño, parsley and spices in the blender, and then stirring in lime juice, hot sauce and horseradish, this is the perfect fresh drink for late summer gatherings. They’re vegetable-forward, sure, but they also pack a punch of heat, citrus and, of course, tequila.

For extra punchy drinks, swipe the rims of your highballs with fresh lime and press them into a mixture of sea salt and freshly ground pepper. If tequila isn’t your thing, sub in vodka to make fresh Bloody Marys. You can make a pitcher of the alcohol and tomato mixture for a crowd and then pour out individual drinks over ice as needed.

Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato

Recipe: Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato
Serves: 4-6 cocktails

You’ll need:

5 cups chopped, cored tomatoes

1/2 red onion, peeled and chopped
1 jalapeño, cored, seeded and chopped
2 cloves garlic, smashed, peeled and minced
1/3 cup chopped parsley leaves
1 tsp sea salt, divided
3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper, divided
1/4 tsp celery seed
3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tbsp prepared horseradish (or to taste, as horseradish can vary in intensity)

2-3 tsp Tabasco sauce, or to taste
4-6 oz tequila
Chives and sliced limes for garnish

Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeños, garlic and parsley in the pitcher of your blender and blend until very smooth. If desired, strain mixture with a fine mesh sieve. Stir in about a 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper and celery seed. Set in fridge to chill for at least an hour.

Stir in lime juice, horseradish and Tabasco to the tomato mixture. Taste and adjust seasoning or acid levels as needed.

Mix up a 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper on a plate. Swipe the rim of a highball glass with a lime wedge and dip in salt and pepper mixture. Carefully fill glasses with ice, pour in Bloody Maria mix and top off with 1 – 1 1/2 ounces tequila. Give everything a quick stir. Garnish with chives and a slice of lime. Serve immediately.

Bloody Maria With Fresh Tomato

Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

P.S. More recipes, including the best party cocktail and rosé sangria.

(Recipe and photos by Elizabeth Stark. Thanks to Stella Blackmon for helping with this series.)

  1. wow, look very delicious.

  2. I need someone to make this for me. Is it bad I pick potential mates (or at least imagine them) based on their skills. I often said if I got married I would have to marry a car mechanic (good ones are hard to find!), who was a doctor (I can’t find glands either…seemed like such an impt thing to my mother growing up – were our glands swollen, my son is 8 and I’ve rarely checked his) and he should have been a hairdresser as well. you can probably guess, I’ve never been married ;) now they need to be a good drink maker too, i’ll just pop a V8.

  3. Eve says...

    Gin. Gin is the best liquor in a Bloody Mary. I’ve done my research!

  4. Ooh! I like the swapping of vodka for tequila in this, thank you! I’m escaping to a nearby beach (Coolangatta in Australia) this weekend, so this is a perfect recipe to get the seaside easy-ness started.

  5. misty says...

    basically, puree salsa and add tequila.

  6. Mouth wattering! My fave at all times!


  7. Cait says...

    I’ve actually never had a Bloody Mary OR Bloody Maria! Both sound delicious; I just hardy get out for cocktails, especially at brunch. One question though – I loathe the taste of horseradish (not just the spiciest). Is it possible to enjoy a proper one without that? What about when you are ordering one out?

  8. Kerry says...

    How about a Caesar? Similar to a Bloody Mary but instead of tomato juice you use Clamato (clam juice plus tomato juice). So delicious, especially with a dash of tobasco and a spoonful of horseradish stirred into it. I know I’ll find my fellow Canadians with this comment!

    • Geny says...

      Yes!! So good. Love it, especially in the winter.

    • Grace says...

      I love Caesars (with horseradish and pickle juice) so much that I can’t drink Bloody Marys anymore! Maybe a Bloody Maria will do the trick.

  9. I love the taste of Bloody Marys, but I tend to go for Virgin Marys instead. Eliminating the alcohol knocks off quite a few calories, too.

  10. Man, when I in need of a bloody mary I don’t think I’d have the patience or energy to make it from scratch, but that looks delicious.

    • haha I was thinking the same thing! Bloody Marys are my go-to hangover remedy, and while this sounds amazing with fresh tomatoes, I generally just need it to be available ASAP. Maybe one night I’ll make the tomato part in advance of going out?