This deconstructed Bloody Mary can be made year-round with bottled tomato juice, but Craig Schoettler prefers using fresh, ripe tomatoes in the summer. As the colorful ice cubes melt in the cocktail, they slowly season the drink: The green cubes are made with celery, the black ones use Worcestershire sauce and the red cubes get their color and flavor from Fresno chiles. This way, he says, “the palate doesn’t get bored. The drink is ‘new’ with every sip.”
The ingredients for Andreas Viestad's fiery Bloody Mary all come from his garden. Like a classic Bloody Mary made with tomato juice, it's a delicious brunch cocktail—with or without vodka. For savory flavor, add a few drops of Worcestershire sauce to each drink.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten serves zingy Bloody Marys spiced with a pureed Thai chile in place of the traditional Tabasco, giving these cocktails a subtle, fruity sweetness. Any mild hot red pepper will work.
For this refreshing Bloody Mary recipe, make sure you are using the freshest possible tomatoes, as it will make all the difference in the texture and final flavor. If adding vodka, note that it does separate from the juice, so make sure to give it a stir before serving.