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Fresh Tomato Bloody Maria's

Fresh Tomato Bloody Maria's

Serves 6


2 wedges lime
2 tablespoons celery salt 
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2  serrano, seeds removed, halved
12 ounces 100% blue agave blanco tequila 
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon sriracha
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly grated or prepared horseradish
4 cups Fresh Home-Pressed Tomato Juice or commercial organic tomato juice 
6 small stalks pickled celery or green onions


To prepare the glasses, rub the rim of each glass with a lime wedge. On a saucer, combine the celery salt, 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.  Invert the glass and dip the rim of the glass into the celery salt mixture.  Set the glasses aside until serving.  Reserve the celery salt.
In a cocktail shaker, place the serrano chile.  Muddle the serrano.  Add the tequila and shake well.  If the tequila isn’t as spicy as you like it, repeat.  Strain the tequila into a large pitcher and add the lime juice, Worcestershire, sriracha, balsamic, horseradish, tomato juice, a large pinch of the reserved celery salt and pepper.  
To serve, fill the glasses with ice and distribute between the glasses.  Stick a stalk of pickled celery in each glass and serve immediately.