This is my delicious recipe for a Bloody Mary, martini style.
What makes this drink special is the infusing of vodka with cilantro and jalapeño. I’ve done a fair amount of infusing vodka with various seasonal fruits, vegetables and spices; my favorite being a pumpkin spiced vodka.
Infusing with cilantro and jalapeño is fantastic not only for the fresh and heated end result but also because the infusing time is quite short.
Let’s get started…
- 3 cups vodka
- 1 bunch of fresh cilantro
- 2-3 medium jalapeños
In a glass pitcher add 1 cup of roughly chopped cilantro. Slice the jalapeños into thin strips and toss in the pitcher. Last, pour in the vodka–I recommend Ketel One Citroen for vodka. Let steep for 4-5 hours before serving. If you want an even more intense [read: hotter] experience try steeping overnight. This will also result in the chlorophyll in the cilantro from turning the vodka a lovely shade of chartreuse.
Important! Make sure to refrigerate. You would think that vodka would prevent botchulism–not necessarily. I would plan on using within a few days.
Now what to do with this awesome infused vodka?
I made a Bloody Mary-tini.
In a cocktail shaker add 2 parts infused vodka to 2 parts bloody mary mix and juice from 1/2 lime. (I used Trader Joe’s Garden Patch.) That’s it! Honestly, the cilantro and jalapeño vodka are the star of this drink… my guests were in love with this cocktail.
If you watch True Blood this is the perfect beverage for a viewing party… in fact, if they ever have a True Blood beverage contest I’ll be certain to enter this.
Now that Tara is a vampire wondering where this season is going. Cheers!