This may be my favorite tomato recipe to date. And that’s saying something when you consider recipes like simple summer pasta, moussaka, and grilled bruschetta.

I went through a bloody mary phase, a few years back (clearly I’m in the wine phase now) and it was the only thing I drank for a some time. A little odd yes, but I also owe my love of olives to bloody marys. I was never a fan until I started nibbling the green olives that customarily come with bloody marys. I certainly don’t drink them very often anymore, but organic bloody marys and an over abundance of heirloom tomatoes at the farmers market got me thinking about them again.

But this bloody mary was so very different than any others made with a mix.  I’m not sure I’ll be able to go back – oh fresh tomatoes, please don’t leave me yet, I’m not ready to give you up!

Heirloom Tomato Bloody Mary – 4 servings

  • 2 large heirloom tomatoes
  • 2 small yellow tomatoes
  • 1 small green zebra tomato
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 poblano pepper
  • 4 oz vodka
  • seasonings: A1 sauce, worcestershire sauce, celery salt, pickle juice, dash of cholula
  • garnishes: pickle, lime wedges, olives, pickled asparagus, celery, shrimp, cheese/beef stick

Roughly chop the tomatoes and pepper, discarding stems. Process with lemon juice until desired consistency. Chill.

Combine vodka, tomato mixture and desired seasonings. Stir to combine.

Fill 4 glasses with ice. Pour bloody mary mixture over ice and top with desired garnishes.

So grab some heirloom tomatoes and make this bloody mary, it’s Friday after all!

18 Comments (Reply )

  1. Michelle
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 9:14 am

    This looks fantastic! I’m a big fan of heirloom tomatoes and a good Bloody Mary!


  2. emily
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 9:16 am

    I love a good bloody mary, too, and this one looks amazing! i’m sure it was great with fresh tomatoes!


  3. Dana
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    This bloody mary looks delicious! I do love them, but always feel a little funny ordering them if it’s not at brunch or some sort of daytime event. I will definitely have to try this out!!


  4. Angela
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 10:18 am

    Bloody Mary’s are my favorite cocktails. In fact when Jeff and I went to Punta Cana this weekend that was are number one drink order. Most people were getting Pina Coladas, Bahama Mamma’s, Daiquiri’s, etc. The last thing I wanted was sugar overload (especially when its made with colors that don’t exist in nature), so we stuck to the Bloody Mary’s. Best decision ever.

    I’ve never thought to make one from scratch. I’ll have to give it a try soon! Love your garnishes.


  5. Mo@MommyRD
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    Clearly, on the same wavelength, as I posted about heirloom tomatoes today too.
    I’m not a fan of Bloody Marys, but I would love to try your’s. All the yummy condiments alone would get me to drink it.


  6. Jessie
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 3:16 pm

    I can’t believe I’ve never thought of making a Bloody Mary with actual fresh tomatoes! This drink looks so good, and I’ll bet it tasted even better. I’m with you on not wanting the tomatoes to leave – please, stay with me a little longer, yummy tomatoes!!


  7. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 4:07 pm

    This is such a perfect Friday post! I also love bloody marys (and olives!) but I don’t drink them very often. These look awesome- you have a lot of motivation to make yours from scratch! :)


  8. Alex @ IEatAsphalt
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 4:13 pm

    Holy crap that looks incredible. I have never seen such a pimped out bloody mary before. I’m with you on not wanting to give up tomatoes.


  9. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    Sep 10, 2010 @ 8:21 pm

    Wow – I’m loving your picture edging! That’s really cool. And I have actually never in my life had a bloody mary. Maybe it’s time to try one??


  10. Katie
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 1:30 pm

    This made my mouth water! The only thing missing is a chunk of Crystal Farms’ horseradish cheese. Yum!


    • Emily
      Sep 11, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

      I will drive to Wisconsin just for that cheese, YUM!!!


  11. Kristi Rimkus
    Sep 12, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

    I love the presentation. I wouldn’t feel the list bit guilty about drinking this. How refreshing!!


  12. Jenna @ Healthy. Happy. Well.
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    Goodness. That does look divine. I love bloody marys with a crisp dill pickle. I’ve never made one from fresh tomatoes. Thanks for the recipe, I’ll try it out and let you know how it goes!


  13. Kristy
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 10:41 am

    That looks amazing!!! Love it, so creative!


  14. Holly
    Sep 14, 2010 @ 12:55 pm

    i wish i liked bloody mary’s because these are adorable, yummy-looking and healthy!!!!


  15. Lori
    Sep 18, 2010 @ 8:42 pm

    This looks incredible! I love bloody marys, but it has been a learning process as I’ve found out the variety of ingredients different people add to the drink. This post makes me want one now! Beautiful!


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