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.
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.
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
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.