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.

Green Mary
This is a quick twist to the bloody mary- a savory vegetable cocktail with tomatillos.
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  1. 1 1/2 lbs. tomatillos peeled, washed, and quartered
  2. 1 cucumber roughly chopped
  3. 1 small green bell pepper
  4. 1/2 cup water*
  5. 1/2 cup jalapeno lemongrass vodka
  6. 1/2 tsp keffir lime powder (or a few fresh keffir lime leaves)
  7. 1/2 tsp sriracha
  8. 1 tsp sweet soy sauce
  1. 1 Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth.
  2. 2 Take a nut milk strainer and strain out all the solids.
  3. 3 Pour 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.
  1. * 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.
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