Guaca Mary: A New Summer Drink

Summer drink Guaca Mary

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)

Kosher salt

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.


Bobbie Hasselbring, RFT Editor

RFT co-founder Bobbie Hasselbring has been a travel junkie her entire life. An award-winning writer and editor for more than 25 years and author of the regional food-travel bestsellers, The Chocolate Lover’s Guide to the Pacific Northwest and The Chocolate Lover’s Guide Cookbook, Bobbie is editor-in-chief at