As most people know, I hate vodka. I can go over the reasons here but you’re not looking for a rant. You’re looking for a recipe. The Bloody Mary is good but the inclusion of vodka doesn’t add anything to it. No flavor, smell or color, right? Tequila, on the other hand, does nicely with this tomato-based drink as any chips and salsa eater knows. So here it is:
Begin by putting a few leaves of cilantro into your shaker followed by 1/2 ounce of lemon juice. Muddle these two together. You now have some cilantro-infused lemon juice. Set this aside to steep while you build the rest of the cocktail.
In another glass put the following:
2 oz tequila
4 oz tomato juice
pinch of salt
pinch of pepper
pinch of celery salt
dash of horseradish
3 dashes Worcester
2 dash Tabasco
Fill the glass with ice but don’t shake. Roll the liquid and ice gently from that glass to the one with the lemon/cilantro. This mixes the ingredients well but doesn’t destroy the silky ‘structure’ of the tomato juice like a vigorous shake would.
Pour into a tall glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with a few leaves of cilantro.