A Tomato Cocktail That’s Not a Bloody Mary

green tomato cocktail
This refreshing, restorative cocktail captures the savoriness and natural umami of tomatoes while avoiding the thick, belly-filling viscosity inherent to a traditional Bloody Mary. The trick is to extract their flavor by way of muddling, eschewing tomato puree altogether.

green tomato cocktail ingredients
Something About Mary

Yield: 1 cocktail


1 green tomato, cut into eighths and roasted*
1 bar spoon Fire Cider
1/2 ounce lemon juice
1/2 ounce cucumber juice**
2 ounces tequila
1 dash lime bitters
Fresh basil, for roasting and garnish

Citrus juicer

Bar spoon
Cocktail shaker
Hawthorne strainer
Mesh cone strainer
Strainer basket or cheesecloth (for cucumber juice)



1. In the tin of a cocktail shaker, muddle together 3/8 of the roasted tomato, Fire Cider, lemon juice, cucumber juice, and a dash of salt.

measuring fire cider bar spoon

2. Add tequila and lime bitters. Fill with ice, cap, and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

measuring tequila

3. Double strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with basil.

double strain 2

basil garnish

*To roast tomatoes: Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a baking pan, drizzle tomatoes and a handful of julienned basil leaves with olive oil and top with freshly ground black pepper. Roast for approximately 55 minutes, or until tender.

roasting tomatoes

**To make cucumber juice: Using a food processor, puree a cucumber. To separate the juice from the pulp, strain the puree using a fine mesh strainer, cheesecloth, or coffee filter set over a bowl or other receptacle.

Obviously, we used slow-roasted green tomatoes in this recipe, but we suspect it might be equally as good with a ripe, raw, in-season tomato straight off the vine. Try it both ways and let us know what you think!


1 Comment

  • SWerra February 3, 2019 @ 11:48pm

    Just tried this…I love shrubs, flavored bitters, tequila, all the ingredients, really…..but something is missing. It’s got all the depth, but none of the substance. Will feed back once I play around with it some more.

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