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Maria sin Sangre

Fresh, sweet tomatoes make all the difference in this savory tequila and sherry cocktail.

Forget canned tomato juice—here, fresh, sweet tomatoes make all the difference.


  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
  • 2 oz. blanco tequila
  • 1/2 oz. dry sherry
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch salt and pepper
  • Tools:shaker, muddler, strainer, fine strainer
  • Glass:coupe
  • Garnish:1 cherry tomato and 1 basil leaf


In a shaker, gently muddle the tomatoes, basil and simple syrup. Add the tequila, sherry, lemon juice, salt and pepper and shake with ice to chill. Fine-strain into a coupe. For the garnish, pierce a small hole in the top of the tomato and insert the stem of the basil leaf like a flag. Make a slit in the bottom of the tomato and perch the tomato on the rim of the glass.

TipTo make this drink in larger yields, pulse the tomatoes and basil in a food processor 5 or 6 times, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve or a piece of cheesecloth and discard the solids.

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