Those luscious juice-bomb tomatoes at the market are pretty irresistible right about now, and we just discovered our favorite new way to consume them: as a frosty Bloody Maria, like the one served at the Brooklyn spot Belle Shoals. The typical Bloody Maria is a tequila-based spin on the Bloody Mary, but at this brunch hangout it's much more than that. The restaurant uses four different kinds of tomatoes to make the drink, and the entire process takes two days.
First, the tomatoes get blended with spicy ingredients: red tomatoes with red chilli peppers, orange tomatoes with habanero peppers, yellow tomatoes with saffron, and green tomatoes with zaatar. The mixtures then go into separate ice trays, and spend the night freezing up into the most beautiful ice cubes.
Once you order the drinks, the cubes (one or two of each) get crushed and go into in a highball glass, creating gorgeous colorful layers. Then the ice is topped with lemon juice, spicy bitters, a horseradish tincture and tequila. Find the detailed recipe here.
Belle Shoals' beverage director Pamela Wiznitzer told The Feast that the drink is meant to highlight the "different colors and varieties" of in-season tomatoes by "bringing in global flavors and spices" to enhance the flavor of each type.
It's tempting to make a meal out of one of these things, but the brunch menu offers Southern-inspired dishes that go perfectly with the cocktail, from the jalapeño hush puppies and chicken-fried skate wing on a biscuit.
For dessert? Another Bloody Maria, obviously.
Photos by Patron Tequila.
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