Fresh Tomato Habanero Infused Bloody Marys

3 | September 24, 2011

It’s officially fall and what’s a fall football Sunday without a bloody mary? It’s boring one, that’s what. Now, I’m not sitting over here pounding back the drinks every Sunday, but every now and then when we get together with a few friends it just seems the right thing to do.

I had my first bloody mary on a Saturday morning on a college visit to Ole Miss. It was game day and I had found myself in the Alumni tent with two in each in hand and many people telling me why I should choose this fine school. There was nothing not to like about this place. I had been there three glorious days so far and was invited to many social functions, amazing parties for a senior in high school, gorgeous landscape, and now bloody marys and football?! Can you say awesome? I came home thinking this place is definitely for me and when my mom asked me how I liked the school, I had realized I never stepped foot on campus. In conclusion, I chose a different path and five uh.. seven …uh thirfifte years later and till this day I still remember how good bloody marys and early afternoon football games pair together.

Here’s my favorite way to make a bloody mary. A three day habanero soak in vodka brings a little crisp bite to the amazingly fresh squeezed tomato juice. Top it off with a salt and black pepper rim and a circle of bacon and you have yourself the ultimate bloody mary that’s worth the work. I recently made these for a brunch party and had our friend the Bloody Mary Connoisseur pleasently surprised.

Fresh Tomato Habanero Infused Bloody Marys
makes 8 drinks depending on how large a glass you pour

  • 1 1/2 cups vodka
  • 3 whole habanero peppers
  • 8 slices bacon, thickly sliced
  • 4 pounds ripe tomatoes, quartered
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 1 small bunch parsley, about 1 packed cup
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbs horseradish, bottled
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp Tabasco
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire
  • 2 Tbs Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbs ground black pepper
  • lemon wedges to salt rims of glasses
  • for garnish: 8 celery stalks and 8 olives

1. To get the best taste, plan on starting this three days before you want to serve. In an air-tight container, place 3 whole habaneros in 1 1/2 cups of your favorite vodka. Let sit in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top. This is not neccessary, you can cook bacon directly on foil but using a cooling rack helps cook the bacon evenly and allows the fat to drip away. Place bacon slices on top of the cooling rack. For a nice presentation, lay the bacon flat with both ends touching each other creating a bacon circle. With scissors make a cut on one side of the circle, creating a wedge for the bacon to sit on the rim of the glass (be careful not to cut all the way through the bacon slice). Place in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes until cooked and crisp. Set aside to cool.

3. If you have a juicer, this next step is easy. Following your juicer instructions, place tomatoes, celery, and parsley in the juicer and “juice.” Discard or compost soilds. Set the juice in the refrigerator for 1 hour or up to 1 day. If you don’t have a juicer, purée tomatoes, celery, parsley in several batches in a food processor or high powered blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and chill at least 1 hour. Force through a food mill or strainer into a bowl, discarding solids.

4. Next, remove the habaneros from the vodka. In a large pitcher combine fresh tomato juice, sea salt, horseradish, lemon juice, Tabasco, Worcestershire, and vodka. Stir well to combine. Add more sea salt to taste, if necessary.

5. To assemble: Mix kosher salt and pepper on a plate. Moisten the rim of each glass with lemon wedge, then dip rim in salt and pepper mixture. Fill glass with ice and pour bloody mary over ice. Garnish with a slice of bacon on the rim, an olive and a celery stalk.



  • Hannah

    I absolutely love Bloody Mary’s! I can’t wait to try this recipe!! YUM!

  • Laurie @SimplyScratch

    Oh… habaneros! How smart!! I’m not so much a football fan… but I am one of Bloody Mary’s, and this sounds amazing!!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers

      It’s a pretty good one. Thanks for stopping by. Loving the White Cheddar & Parmesan Cheez-it Crackers, lady!

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