A Fresh Bloody Mary

I sometimes get a little carried away when I’m buying fresh local produce.  That happened this past weekend when I stopped at Country
View Bulk Foods
in Snover, Michigan on my way to Port Austin.  It was my second visit this summer.  This store just opened in the last year and I’m
pretty excited about it.  For one thing the shoppers are an interesting mix, some Mennonite shoppers, some Amish shoppers and some Michigan Militia shoppers (pretty fun people watching, when’s the last time you saw a 40 year old woman with a mullet hair cut?).  Everyone is friendly and the store has a great assortment of foods.  They have everything from coffee beans to fresh local butter and cheese, including yogurt cheese to local fresh
produce at great prices and of course there are some delicious baked goods too.  I bought a peck of peaches (say that quickly three times) and a half bushel of tomatoes.  Once I got to the cottage, I  wondered just what I would do with all those tomatoes.  I looked in the cupboard and saw that there wasn’t any wine to be had, I checked the liquor  cabinet and saw the bottle of vodka and then I was able to come up with a pretty good use for those tomatoes.

I used a hand held blender (stick blender) and pulverized the tomatoes until I had turned them into a nice liquid consistency.  This
definitely has a little more body than a typical tomato juice bloody Mary but the beauty of this drink is you are literally drinking fresh vegetables and you don’t have to feel guilty about the alcohol.  It’s a great way to put all those extra tomatoes in your garden or your neighbor’s garden to good
use. I love the way the finished drink is more pink than red.

2 medium tomatoes, cores removed, quartered

3 ounces vodka

1/4 teaspoon Worcester sauce

1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

A sprinkle of celery salt

Additional salt to taste

Jalapeño pepper for garnish

Puree tomatoes in a food processor or with a hand held blender. The bullet blender works well for this too.
Pour tomatoes into a small pitcher and add remainder of ingredients to the pitcher and stir. Serve over ice if desired.

Garnish with a jalapeño pepper cut in half length wise.  Remove the seeds from the pepper (using a spoon, not your fingers
or you will be burning later).  Make a cut half way up the length of the half pepper.  This allows the pepper to sit nicely on the rim of the
glass.  Remove the jalapeño pepper periodically and use it to stir the drink, the stirring action with the jalapeño will add a little heat to the
drink.  This makes enough for two blood Mary’s, so enjoy one with a friend.

I hope you enjoy one of these soon.  I’ll be back on Thursday with a recipe for the peaches!  Karen

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