Pia and Rafa celebrated their 10th year anniversary with a wedding weekend brimming with love, musical sensation, international flair, show-stoppin’ hula hooping and epic reunions with cherished friends. Though my beat on Sunday morning was significantly slower than guest musician Marco Benevento’s “The Real Morning Party“, this garden-fresh cocktail revived my spirits before my imminent departure from San Francisco back east to Ithaca.

Our stay in San Francisco revolved around Ana’s casita, gracing the crest of a hill in Bernal Heights and padded from the city hum by fruit trees. This bloody mary mix was bursting with sun-ripened flavors, including juice from freshly harvest backyard lemons and plump sun-gold tomatoes from the neighborhood farmers market.

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Homemade Bloody Mary Mix

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 3 cocktails

Ingredients

  • Vodka - 3 ounces (shots) of your vodka
  • Tomatoes - 5-6 medium tomatoes
  • Water - 1/2 cup
  • Spicy ground mustard - 1 tablespoon spicy ground mustard
  • Lemon - 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
  • Pickled peppers or Onions - 1/4 cup
  • Pickled juice - 1 tablespoon pickle juice
  • Sriracha hot sauce - 1 teaspoon sriracha hot sauce
  • Parsley flakes - 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
  • Chipotle chili flakes - 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili flakes
  • Sea salt - 1/2 teaspoon, coarse
  • Pepper - 1/2 teaspoon freshly grounded pepper, plus a few twists for garnish
  • Soy sauce - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Garnish:
  • Carrot or Celery sticks - Carrot or celery sticks for garnish
  • Lemon wedge - Lemon wedge for garnish

Instructions

  1. Using a cheese grater, grate the tomatoes over a medium bowl. You will extract all of the pulp, seeds and juice. Discard the peels.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients to the bowl. If you are using an immersion blender, liquify the ingredients directly in the bowl. Otherwise, transfer the ingredients to a blender and liquify. If you don't have either of these pieces of equipment, whisk the ingredients together thoroughly.
  3. Pour your bloody mary over ice, and serve with carrot or celery sticks, or green olives. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a twist of freshly ground black pepper.
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