Tips to Make a Spicy Bloody Mary

Tomatillo Bloody Mary Cocktail from Salt & Wind

Ready10 min


  • 1 pound tomatillos husked, trimmed, and quartered
  • 1/2 pint (about 7 ounces) green or yellow grape or cherry tomatoes
  • 2 Persian cucumber roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lime juice plus more for mixing the cocktail and for garnish
  • 1 serrano or Thai chile halved and seeded (if desired), plus more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces of your favorite Vodka
  • fresh cilantro leaves and stems
  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish (not creamed)
  • 3/4 teaspoon green hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
  • 1 Pinch of celery seeds
  • smoked sea salt optional for garnish
  • cooked shrimp peeled but tail left on, optional for garnish
  • tortilla chips optional for garnish
  • scallions optional for garnish


  1. For the base: Combine the tomatillos, tomatoes, the 2 cucumbers, 2 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of the lime juice, 1 Serrano chile, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt in a blender and process until very smooth, at least 30 seconds. 
  2. Spicy Tip - The base can be made up to 2 days ahead – store refrigerated in an airtight container and stir before using.
  3. For the cocktail: If you want a salted rim, take a lime wedge and run it around the edge of a tall glass and then dip the glass rim in the smoked salt. 
  4. To make one drink, place 2 cilantro sprigs in the bottom of a cocktail shaker and, using a wooden spoon or muddler, tap on the cilantro until it’s bruised. Combine 5 ounces of the Base with the vodka, the horseradish, hot sauce, Worcestershire, celery seeds, and juice from the lime wedge in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to fill halfway then stir with a bar spoon until the shaker is cold, about 10 stirs. Pour the drink and ice into a serving glass, garnish with any or all of the garnishes.

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Salt & Wind Recipe

Never to be confused for a nightime tipple, the “savage combination of tomato juice and vodka”—as master bartender Jack Townsend called it 50 years ago—has maintained it’s rightful place. While it once was an upper-class WASP drink, it’s component parts—neutral spirits, restorative juices, salts, capsaicins, and other volatile oils—indicates that its origins lie in the shadowy world of the hangover cure.

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