This healthful Guaca Mary that features avocados, cucumber, tomatillos, and grapes is an inventive take on the traditional Bloody Mary. You can make it with or without alcohol. Not only is it a beautiful summer drink, it’s delightfully refreshing.
Recipe courtesy Chef Ina Pinkney, Ina’s Restaurant, Chicago
Yield 4 Portions (5-1/3 cups plus tequila or vodka)
2 teaspoons grated lime rind
½ cups peeled, cubed cucumber
1 cup raw, cubed tomatillos
1 cup halved, seedless green grapes
1 ripe Avocado, cubed
½ cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 whole, seeded Serrano pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
6 dashes green hot sauce
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper]
1 1/3 cups unsweetened coconut water
Tequila or vodka. Optional
Avocado slices, grape tomatoes, and pickled onions, optional garnish
On a small flat plate, stir together 3 tablespoons salt and the lime rind; set aside. Pour 1/4 cup of the lime juice into a shallow bowl and set aside. In a blender, combine cucumber, avocado, tomatillos, grapes, cilantro, Serrano pepper, remaining 1/4 cup lime juice, celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, the hot sauce and black pepper; whirl until smooth; mixture will be slightly thick. Transfer to a 2-quart pitcher; stir in coconut water. Add tequila or vodka to taste, if desired. To serve, dip glass rim in reserved lime juice, then into salt and lime rind mixture. Add ice and fill with Guaca Mary. Thread avocado, grape tomatoes and pickled onions onto toothpick or skewer for garnish, if desired.
Want more avocado-based summer drinks? Check out this Avocado-Pineapple Smoothie — delicious and healthful.