I’ve finally made this cocktail! I had the idea to make a bloody mary with tomatillos for awhile. But was nervous about where to start, so I googled it and there are MANY people who had a similar idea. At first I was going to make a recipe for a recipe roundup (the tomatillo edition will be coming up soon!) but I never seemed to have all the ingredients. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for something that isn’t really food.
It also didn’t help that I never had vodka on hand. I am not a huge vodka person, I don’t quite see the point. So it doesn’t have any flavor? Isn’t the fun of booze to have the flavor? I get it- there is a time and place for vodka, and some of the liquors I like are pretty much infused vodkas.
So when it became tomatillo season here I knew I really HAD to make some cocktails with tomatillos. I jazzed things up a little and made the jalapeno lemongrass vodka, and decided to use it in the bloody mary. Since the vodka uses lemongrass, I tried to use more “asian” based mix ins. Instead of tabasco sauce, I used a little Sriracha. Instead of vegan Worcestershire sauce, I use some sweet soy sauce.
If you are interested in this drink but not a spicy person, simply make the lemongrass vodka without jalapenos. I would recommend keeping in the sriracha, it add just a hint of spice. The recipe makes 4 drinks, and they aren’t very strong. If you want to make them stronger just change the ratio of water to vodka, though you might want to change the serving size to 6 glasses instead of 4.
- 1 1/2 lbs. tomatillos peeled, washed, and quartered
- 1 cucumber roughly chopped
- 1 small green bell pepper
- 1/2 cup water*
- 1/2 cup jalapeno lemongrass vodka
- 1/2 tsp keffir lime powder (or a few fresh keffir lime leaves)
- 1/2 tsp sriracha
- 1 tsp sweet soy sauce
1Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. 2Take a nut milk strainer and strain out all the solids. 3Pour into a glass with ice and enjoy. You can pour the extra in a jar and save for later. It should last a while in the fridge do to the vodka. Just shake before pouring. *Depending on how strong you want your drink, you can change the water to vodka ratio, going as far as 1 full cup of vodka.
October 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm
I like the idea of this, though as a non-drinking, non-spicy person I would need to have mine very, very virgin. 😉 But it is a really cool take on the traditional bloody mary.
We can’t get fresh tomatillos here, only tinned ones.
October 31, 2017 at 10:19 am
Such a bummer about the tomatillos! I usually don’t see them in stores that often unless canned. They are really easy to grow, I guess they are just not in demand?
If you do try it out, I would make a lemongrass syrup or use grated lemongrass to add to make up for the vodka.
October 27, 2017 at 1:07 am
I was worrying that I’d never heard of this cocktail before, then I saw the Halloween glass and made the Bloody Mary connection! I’ve never even had a Bloody Mary, and I’m a little scared by the idea of a spicy drink, but maybe I should face my fears at Halloween!
October 31, 2017 at 10:20 am
Most Bloody Mary’s are pretty tame in the spice department, though you never know with some of the artisan hipster bars.
October 27, 2017 at 10:25 am
Great shade of green!!!!
Sarah @ Long Island Vegan
October 28, 2017 at 10:13 am
What a cool twist! I love this idea. Beautiful color too 🙂
October 30, 2017 at 9:45 am
Ha! I love this idea, and that it looks like a regular ol’ green juice but is very much not.