The Pico de Madre – Mother’s Day

First order of business: make sure that the name I picked for this cocktail doesn’t seem to be overly offensive. Check.

Then, on to the drinking.


It’s Mother’s Day! And what’s more mother’s day than a brunch cocktail? Well, a lot of things. But that doesn’t mean I can’t write about a brunch cocktail. I must admit that I’ve always been a big fan of Bloody Marys (is that the right plural?), and have been relatively disappointed that I couldn’t order one at a normal bar at a normal time without seeming abnormal, or at the very least like an 800-year-old grandmother.

My goal for this drink was to make drinkable pico de gallo. Because that stuff is awesome. You could have this as a Mother’s Day cocktail, a Cinco de Mayo drink, or pick a date exactly in the middle of those two and make up your own holiday. DO IT.

The Ingredients

The Pico de Madre

  • 2 oz vodka (Really whatever will do, as long as it doesn’t make the rest taste bad. You really shouldn’t taste it at all.)
  • 4 oz tomato juice
  • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • 2 tsp finely chopped white onion
  • 2 dashes Worcestershire sauce (for tradition’s sake)
  • 1 pinch cumin
  • 1 pinch garlic salt
  • 2 pinches black pepper
  • about 2 tsp finely chopped cilantro
  • about 1 oz lime juice

Put everything into a Boston shaker, with ice. Shake. Strain* into a nice tall glass filled with more ice, garnish with cilantro and lime. You can vary the ingredients earlier, or add a little more of whatever you like at this point — I always like it a little spicier. Enjoy!

* I strained it, which makes it easier to drink, but it doesn’t have quite as much of the “grit” I sometimes like in Bloody Marys. Try it both ways, see how you like it!


Tasting Notes:

BN: This came out really well. It’s a lot more refreshing than most Bloody Marys I’ve had, which can often be really heavy and cloying. The cilantro brightens up the tomato juice and gives it a really nice flavor (as long as you’re not one of those people who think cilantro tastes like soap). The only issue with this cocktail is that you have to drink it really fast, as the ice waters it down pretty quickly. Although, is that really an issue? Hm.

Partner in Crime: Yum.


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