A twist on the classic Bloody Mary, this is a lighter version tomato water Bloody Mary cocktail!
Let’s talk for a second about that classic brunch cocktail that helps chase away hangovers and in some cases comes with a full meal in the glass, the Bloody Mary! A favorite of weekend breakfasts, fancy brunch spots, and dive bars alike, there is no definitive recipe for the Bloody Mary, but a couple of basic ingredients are always there, tomato, Worcestershire, vodka and lemon.
Tomato Water Bloody Mary
Beyond that, the variations in the recipes are nearly endless! So today, we share our take on a Bloody Mary, The Tomato Water Bloody Mary.
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We love a good Bloody Mary, but sometimes Bloody Marys can be hard to drink because the tomato juice or puree can be super thick. So, we wanted to find a way to get that great tomato flavor that gives the distinctive flavor of tomato to a Bloody Mary but in a lighter, more refreshing form.
Then we ran across a dish that used tomato water as part of a vinaigrette. This added an intense tomato flavor to the dish and just like that an idea was born!
Tomato water is different from tomato juice or tomato puree as it uses very little of the pulp. The pulp that gives tomato juice or puree its thickness, and often times can be clear or slightly reddish pink. We started out by roughly chopping a bunch of fresh ripe tomatoes from our garden along with a few cucumber slices and placing them into a cheesecloth lined colander with some salt.
Now comes the really easy part, which is just waiting! The salt helps to draw the moisture out of the tomatoes and down into the bowl. After a couple of hours, we had a nice bowlful of tomato water which smells just like a fresh cut tomato and pours just like water!
The mix of the cucumber and tomato water is a great combination. The cucumber giving a cool refreshing smoothness to the tart slightly acidic tomato.
The Tomato Water Bloody Mary uses the fresh tomato water, fresh lemon juice, and vodka to make a light and refreshing drink that had a wonderfully bold and aromatic tomato flavor. We added a layer of bold spiciness to the drink by adding Worcestershire sauce and some of fantastic Chipotle Hot Sauce.
The resulting drink was smooth and fresh, hints of sweetness from the tomato water. It played well with the spicy smokiness of from the chipotle hot sauce, and very drinkable. If you want a spicier version, try our Spicy Bloody Mary!
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For the Tomato Water
- 1 cucumber, sliced
- 1 1/2 Tbsp salt
- sugar and pepper to taste
- 3 pounds tomatoes, sliced
For the Tomato Water Bloody Mary
- 6 oz tomato water
- 10-12 drops hot sauce, chipotle gives it a smoky flavor
- 1.50 oz vodka
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce
For the Tomato Water
Combine tomatoes and cucumbers in a colander over a large bowl, sprinkle salt over.
Let sit an hour or two and you can squeeze out the extra liquid through a cheesecloth, or smash the tomatoes and cucumbers with a potato masher like we did!
Then run the tomato water through a fine mesh strainer as well to get out any seeds or pulp that made it through.
For the Cocktail
Combine tomato water, lemon juice, vodka, Worcestershire and hot sauce in a cocktail shaker and stir.
Pour over a glass filled with ice.
Garnish with a celery stick, lemon wedge, parsley or tomatoes.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135 Total Fat: 0.3g Saturated Fat: 0.2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 8.1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 717mg Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 0.8g Sugar: 6.9g Protein: 0.1g
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