If you made yesterday's Tomatillo Salsa Verde don't put away the food processor just yet! You can easily whip up a batch of Tomatillo Marys while you're at it for brunch! You really don't even have to rinse out your blender, just add the new ingredients, blend, add vodka and voilà - you'll be the talk of the brunch town!
Do you ever have a pin on pinterest that you always look at, drool over, repin, but never make? This is that recipe for me. I've been eyeing this cocktail from Martha Stewart for quite some time, but always thought it would be too much work for a morning/daytime cocktail. (See yesterday's post when I discovered how easy food processor recipes actually are). Since I had fresh tomatillos on hand for the Salsa Verde, I made the Tomatillo Mary mix to enjoy the following morning, as soon as I finished making the salsa. It took minutes to prepare and it was everything I dreamed it to be: bright, cool and refreshing, and most of all, unique. I never have tasted a cocktail with these flavors. It had the consistency and feel of a Bloody Mary, you know, kind of a like a meal in a drink sort of thing. However the tomatillos give the drink a tangy, citrusy taste and the cucumbers bring a cooling mellow flavor instead of the heaviness usually found in Blood Marys. Those flavors combined with your favorite vodka (Tito's for me) create the perfect morning pick-me-up that goes great with your scrambled eggs with the salsa verde you made the night before! Plus it makes enough for four so you can share amongst your friends.
*If you don't like the thicker Bloody Mary-like consistency or tiny seeds in your drink, you can strain the mix before adding the vodka.
To make the cayenne and salt rim, stir together 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper on a small plate. Wet the rims of 4 glasses with lime wedge, and dip each into the mixture, turning to coat.
Here's to a weekend full of salsa and boozy brunches!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)