Although my grandmother happened to love Bloody Mary's, I'm a late comer to the drink. Recently, I've been tinkering with small batches of them and I started to think that a Mexican-spiced version would really hit the spot. After a quick search online, it appears many other people had the same idea. Really, it's no surprise. Think of gazpacho: cool and refreshing, with spicy undertones, now put that idea into liquid form, minus the vegetables of course. With infused tequila, my version gets an extra-tasty kick. Remember, Barnivore is a fantastic resource for finding vegan liquors, wines, and beers.

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Bloody Marias Made With Infused Tequila [Vegan]

Ingredients

Mexican Infused Tequila Makes 1 cup
  • 1 cup tequila (use a light rather than dark brand as they take on more flavor)
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/2 bay leaf
  • 2 springs cilantro, torn
Bloody Marias
  • 1 cup Mexican Infused Tequila (recipe above)
  • 2 cups organic tomato juice
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 to 3 teaspoons chipotle hot sauce (to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vegan Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely minced horseradish (more if desired)
  • Generous pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional)
  • Ice
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Preparation

Mexican Infused Tequila
  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar.
  2. Cover tightly and shake.
  3. Refrigerate for the flavor to infuse for up to one week.
  4. Continue to shake occasionally. Taste for desired intensity of flavor.
  5. Drain through a mesh strainer and store in the refrigerator until using.
Bloody Marias
  1. Combine all ingredients in a a large pitcher and stir to combine.
  2. Fill 4 glasses with ice, and pour the drink over the ice.
   


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