Tequila Bloody Maria’s with Bacon, Shrimp & Tequila Infused Tomatoes

Tequila Bloody Mary's

Stacked Bloody Maria’s on today’s agenda! (topped off with bacon and shrimp, of course :p) Make your next cocktail unique by including these tequila infused pickled cherry tomatoes. Fill your glass with your Bloody Maria mix of Gran Centenario Tequila, tomato juice, hot sauce, celery salt, lime juice, horseradish, pepper and paprika + you have both a meal and a cocktail in one.

A great thing about Bloody Maria’s is that you can mix and match your favorite toppings - you can add different types of seasonings, like Himalayan salt, peppercorns or spices like cumin if you wish. You can include bacon, shrimp burgers even croutons - whatever you like! See the full recipes for the Bloody Maria mix and the pickled spiked tomatoes below!

Tequila Bloody Mary's

Ingredients

  • 9 T Gran Centenario Tequila Añejo (around 3 shots)
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt
  • 2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 lime juice
  • 1⁄2 T horseradish
  • 1 T Tabasco
  • 1⁄2 T Pepper
  • 1 T Paprika

Tequila Spiked Pickled Tomatoes

  • 1 1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 3oz Gran Centenario Tequila Añejo 4 oz water
  • 3 oz vinegar
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 T salt
  • 1⁄2 T of peppercorns

Other Accompaniments

  • 5-6 slices crispy and cooked bacon 5-6 steamed shrimp
  • 5-6 Tequila Infused Tomatoes
  • 2-3 Celery leaves (for garnish)

Directions

First make your tequila spiked pickled tomatoes by filling a mason jar with 1 1⁄2 cup cherry tomatoes, 3 oz tequila, water, vinegar, sugar, salt and peppercorns. Stir, cover and shake and place in the fridge for 2-3 hours-1 day until fully pickled and infused.

Next, in a cup or bowl, place your celery salt, tomato juice, lime juice, horseradish, Tobasco, pepper, paprika, and tequila and mix. Set aside.

Crisp your bacon and steam your shrimp and start to assemble your your drink by placing cups of ice, pouring over your bloody maria mixture and topping with your infused cherry tomatoes, 1-2 strips of bacon and 1-2 shrimp each cup, and celery leaves.

Tequila Bloody Mary's

This blog post is sponsored by Gran Centenario.

Messhall Kitchen

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Messhall Kitchen, located in Los Feliz, has a large menu with fantastic choices, especially their cocktail program, which changes themes monthly. This month's theme is Harry Potter. All the juice is squeezed in house, achieving that super fresh taste, and the combinations work perfectly, giving off an interesting take on Harry Potter. Staples include the fried chicken sandwich and oysters. Take a look at the pictorial essay of Messhall Kitchen below.

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Fried Chicken Sandwich with hot honey aioli, red onions, lettuce and pickles

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Oysters (dozen)

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Hot Wings Tokyo Style

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Banana Cream Pie

Now for the cocktails....

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Polyjuice Potion

151 rum, persimmon syrup, grapefruit, lemon, sherry float

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Felix Felicis

Ford's gin, Lichi Li liquer, agave, lemon

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Amortentia

El dorado rum, creme de cacao, creme de menthe, angostrura, cream, egg white

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Draught of Living Death

scotch, cio ciaro, yellow chartreuse, meyer lemon bitters

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Pepperup Potion

Corralejo Reposado tequilla, cynar, peppercorn syrup, mint

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Messhall Old Fashioned

Four roses bourbon, sugar, bitters

Salt's Cure

IMG_4396Located in West Hollywood, Salt’s Cure is mixing only local ingredients to create some fabulous dishes! Never frozen, always fresh, this always-changing menu is fantastic. Their ingredients are only from California. They use animals directly from the farmers in California and their fish caught fresh in the Pacific Ocean. Salt’s Cure is located in West Hollywood in a little hole in the wall with limited spaces. I’ve found that the small spots I’ve eaten at, are the best and most exciting. The menu is constantly changing and is posted on the chalkboard on the wall. Water in given in a mason jar, which is always the cutest idea, and the kitchen is right in the same room. It feels so comfortable and home-like because it is so cozy and small. With the kitchen right there, you can just smell everything cooking. Salt's Cure is definitely an amazing, fresh and cute restaurant!IMG_4399To start off we got some appetizers. We got a Rock Crab Baratheon Salad that had radishes in a creamy green sauce. The crab was perfect and tasted great. We also got a pretzel and pickled spread plate. This had a fresh, delicious pretzel with grained mustard. And then came a bunch of delicious pickled goods. A few types were pickled tomatoes and red onions, as well as a variation of pickles. The pickled tomatoes were amazing and since it is now the season for tomatoes, they were absolutely amazing, with a nice crunch and sour feel from the pickle. One can taste how local these vegetables are and this was one of my favorite spreads! Another appetizer we got was lannister lamb sausage with fava beans with a puree. The lamb sausage came hot and was delicious. It is all house made and no meat is ever frozen, it is all fresh ingredients, which is why the menu changes so frequently. The green beans paired perfectly and the sauce that went with it gave the sausage a nice unity of flavors. To balance this out, I tried the avocado and citrus salad. A place called Sonoma Wine Garden had my favorite avocado and grapefruit salad with a citrus lemon sauce, but now this is my favorite one. It is rather sad that when you love a dish at Salts Cure you may not be able to have it again from this particular restaurant. But I see a beauty in this because it allows you to fully appreciate and enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime meal. This salad was refreshing with perfectly ripe avocados and juicy grapefruit. The greens with the salad were fresh and crunchy and the dressing tied it all together.

Now on to the entrees. I tried the durac pork chop with a sweet apricot purée, and the chicken with rice and the wine pot roast. This was my first pork chop and it was delicious! It was cooked to perfection with a little red inside, not too medium rare. The sweetness of the puree allowed explosions of flavor. This was definitely one of the best meals of the night, even though it was so simple. When meat is done and cooked to perfection, other dishes are hard to outdo it!

The chicken dish was moist, and contained a lot of flavors on the outside of the chicken. The spices peaked through providing the chicken to be absolutely perfect. The curried rice and sauce that came with it was a thick, chicken broth taste and delicious bite! It paired really perfect with the chicken as well. The third entrée that had a bundle of flavors was the wine pot roast. Anything braised with wine is always a winner for me. The roast melted in my mouth and cut so smooth on my fork. It was paired with potatoes, carrots and onions. The wine sauce in the roast was delicious.

Dessert time. We tried a cocoa and date pudding, a pot de crème and a grapefruit pie. All of these deserts were great! The grapefruit pie was extremely different, it was a little sweet and little sour and a little too bright, it wasn’t my favorite, but definitely refreshing. The date and cocoa pudding was delicious as well! However, it was a little too bitter and sour for my tongue when I had the pot de crème next to me, which was absolutely delicious. This was my favorite dessert. There was a crunchy and thick texture when you cut into the pudding that left my taste feeling amazing.

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I really enjoyed all the food I tried at this place and look forward to coming here again and being surprised by a new menu! One can tell that love was put in these meals and the components that come within the meal really show for themselves.

http://saltscure.com/

Pictured:

  • Lamb Sausage
  • Pretzel Spread
  • Grapefruit and Avocado Salad
  • Pot De Creme