Savor Summer with a Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary

Towards the end of the season, you might be a little sick of summer produce. I get it! I’ve already made tomatoes at least two ways, used zucchini to make pasta and turned my cucumbers into a delicious blender soup. So the only solution, my friends, is to drink your vegetables. With vodka. One or two of these and you’ll forget you had a problem in the first place!

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Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus chill time


  • 2 large, very ripe tomatoes
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 tbsp freshly grated horseradish
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp pickle juice
  • ½ tsp celery Salt, plus more for rim
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 oz vodka per drink (or more to taste)
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • cherry tomatoes, for garnish
  • basil, for garnish

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  • Combine the tomatoes, celery, horseradish, lemon juice, pickle juice, celery salt, and pinch of salt, a few cracks of pepper in a blender and puree until smooth. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired. At this point, you can chill the mixture to use later.
  • Rim the glasses with the lime wedge. On a small dish, combine ½ tsp salt, ½ tsp pepper, and ½ tsp celery salt. Dip the glasses and then fill with ice. Add 1/4 cup of the tomato mixture, add the vodka, and stir to combine. Garnish with skewered cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.
Fresh Tomato Bloody Mary

Mary would like to thank the lovely, generous people who gave me stuffed toys for her while I was on book tour. As you can see, she thoroughly enjoyed them last night when I returned home. Would you mind coming over this morning to clean up their guts, which have been strewn in every nook and cranny of our apartment. Thanks! 😘

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