In addition to the endless, often-intimidating weekly supply of cucumbers, onions, and miscellaneous veggies from our West Village CSA, we were the lucky recipients of 35 pounds (yes thirty-five) of fresh heirloom tomatoes. And since I got a pretty grueling workout lugging them around from the West Village to my apartment, I knew I deserved a cocktail (or two)!
I’ve wanted to try to craft a homemade Bloody mix before, but it’s a rather time-consuming process. On top of that, most recipes still call for using canned, preservative-packed tomato juice or canned, peeled tomatoes, so it always seemed like a bit of a waste to craft something from pre-made products, especially when there are some fantastic mixes out there (like the Employees Only line of mix). But given I had all the fresh ingredients needed to make a 100% natural mix, I began to do my research.
So when life hands you 35 pounds of tomatoes, make a Bloody Mary!
Homemade Bloody Mary Mix
(inspired by The Runaway Spoon)
- 10 pounds plum tomatoes, quartered (no need to remove the seeds, we’ll do that later)
- 3-4 pepper, quartered (same note as above for seeds)
- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped
- 1 large red onion, quartered
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch Italian parsley leaves, torn
- 1 –inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 1 tablespoon fresh grated horseradish
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- Hot sauce to taste
- Place all vegetables into a Dutch oven and cook for 20-30 minutes, or until vegetables have softened.
- Using an immersion blender, blend ingredients to a desired consistency (note that this step saves quite a bit of time—no need to chop diligently during the prep process or transfer to a blender at the end of the cooking process).
- Run mixture through a food mill to remove all seeds and skins and return it to the pot.
- Add the sugar, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and hot sauce. Bring the mix to a boil and boil for 15 minutes.
- Chill, add 1.5 ounces vodka (for a Bloody Mary) or 1.5 ounces Bourbon (for a Bourbon Mary) or 1.5 ounces Tequila (for a Bloody Maria). Enjoy!