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Hatch Valley Surprise

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While living in Texas, I came to know Hatch Chiles.  They are spicy New Mexico based chile that has a flavor very distinct from other better known chile peppers.  When the season for hatch chiles comes around in late summer, I always make sure to pick up some to use for cooking or in this case… drinking.

I was looking to experiment with the classic Bloody Mary.  Seeing how I love tomato juice but don’t care all that much for vodka, I came across a drink known as the Shanghai Surprise that combines Bloody Mary mix with beer. Now beer I love and well I feel so much better after a beer than some vodka.

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The key ingredient is having fresh tomatoes and using a juicer or blender.  I currently don’t own a juicer, but there a lot of great options for electric juicers on the market today. I used my VitaMix to puree the tomatoes which works good too.

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Sadly, I was all out of horseradish to make my homemade Bloody Mary mix so I decided to replace the horseradish with Hatch chiles.  The end result was a spicy and delicious recipe I’m sure I’ll make again the next time I get a craving for something more than just a beer.

You can learn more about juicing and other cocktails at Williams-Sonoma blog.

Hatch Valley Surprise
Serves 1

3 ounces Hatch Bloody Mary Mix
5 ounces pilsner or similar beer
1/2 ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
2 dashes red wine vinegar

Hatch Bloody Mary Mix

6 large tomatoes to make 16 ounces tomato juice
2 ounces lemon juice
1 tablespoon, diced Hatch chile (or 1 teaspoon dried Hatch chile powder)
2 teaspoons Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon celery salt
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine ingredients for Hatch Bloody Mary Mix into a blender and blend on high for 15 seconds. Should be smooth.

To prepare the drink, add the ingredients into a glass and serve after a quick stir.