Get the best of both worlds with this smoky chipotle bloody margarita.
Happy Cinco de Mayo!
I adore any reason to enjoy a good cocktail... and what is better than celebrating Margarita Week hosted by Hola Jalapeno on Cinco de Mayo. Last year I made my Fresh Fig Margarita which is still one of my favorite margaritas. I mean, just look at how pretty they are. This year, I wanted to try something completely new for me. I heard of bloody margarita cocktails before, but haven't had one myself before. The cross between a margarita and bloody Mary sounded really interesting.
A bloody margarita is basically a bloody mary made with tequilla and a touch more citrus. A few recipes go further with the mash up by adding orange to the cocktail like in a traditional margarita. I didn't like look of mixing fresh orange to the tomato. Instead, I found that a few dashes of orange bitters did the trick while keeping the integrity of the color and adding another dimension to the flavor.
I decided to give it a try and put my own little spin on things. I have been obsessing over my chipotle hot sauce the past few months and decided to incorporate it into my margarita along with a bit of liquid smoke for a smooth, smoky bloody margarita with a slight kick. It's the perfect savory drink for brunch.
I am not fond of over the top garnishes for Bloody Mary's. There isn't a need for a whole cheeseburger, onion rings, and a steak to be on top of your drink. All you need are a couple of additions that add on to the flavor profile of the bloody margarita. I recommend keeping it simple. I like to use gherkins, olives, cherry tomatoes, pepperorcini, sprigs of herbs, and lemons. Play around and find what works best for you.
- lemon wedge
- celery salt
- 2 oz tequilla
- 4 oz tomato juice
- ½ oz lemon juice
- 4 dashes chipotle hot sauce
- 3 dashed worchestershire sauce
- 2 - 3 dashes liquid smoke
- 2 dashes orange bitters
- salt and pepper
- Take a lemon wedge and run it along the rim of your glass. Dip the glass in celery salt.
- Add the remaining ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with a handful of ice cubes.
- Shake vigorously and pour into your glass along with more ice.
- Serve with garnishes of your choice.