This summer, ditch that bottle of Bloody Mary mix: This fun and fresh cocktail uses in-season roasted tomatoes to add some flair and flavor to a classic Margarita. Tomato doesn't have to be reserved for Bloody Marys, although you can use this roasted-tomato purée in homemade Bloody Mary mix, too – simply combine it with salt and pepper, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish and vodka. By roasting your own tomatoes, which is quick and easy, you get a fresh, sugar-free tomato base for your cocktail.
This roasted-tomato Margarita is a hit each and every time I make it, mixing the best of Margaritas and Bloody Marys. Using fresh produce in this fun cocktail makes all the difference and helps the flavors to really shine, and I love the added kick from the chile powder. Growing up, my dad would sing Guy Clark's "Homegrown Tomatoes," which says: "Only two things that money can't buy, and that's true love and homegrown tomatoes!" Add some tequila and you’re set.
Keep any remaining purée in a sealed container and refrigerate for future use.
Serves | 1 |
Roasted-Tomato Purée(Yields ½ cup)
- 1 lb cherry tomatoes
- drizzle olive oil
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp chile powder (optional)
- ¼ cup water
- ½ cup roasted-tomato purée (recipe below)
- 1½ oz tequila
- 1 Tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
- chile powder, for garnish
- coarse sea salt, for garnish
- lime wedges, for garnish
| Preparation – Roasted-Tomato Purée | Preheat oven to 350°F.
In a large bowl, toss together tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper and chile powder. Spread tomato mixture onto a lipped baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven; in the bowl of a high-powdered blender or food processor, combine tomato mixture and water. Blend on high until totally smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature; strain out any remaining solids.
| Preparation – Margarita | In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine tomato purée with tequila and lime juice; shake well.
On a small plate, mix chile powder and sea salt. Wipe the rim of a cocktail glass with lime wedge, then dip in salt mixture. Fill glass with ice, strain in Margarita and garnish with lime wedge. Serve.