Spicy Roasted Tomato Margaritas

Spicy Tomato Margaritas

Inspired by the classic bloody mary cocktail but with a few twists, this the perfect boozy brunch beverage. This spicy tomato margarita is made of a savory roasted cherry tomato juice shaken with lime juice, hot sauce, and tequila.



for the roasted tomato juice:

  • 2 pints of cherry tomatoes or other small, sweet tomatoes
  • 2 cloves of garlic, lightly smashed and peeled
  • several sprigs of fresh thyme
  • a drizzle of olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • several cracks of black pepper
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

for one spicy roasted tomato margarita (multiply as desired):

  • 3 oz roasted tomato juice
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 23 dashes of your favorite hot sauce
  • 1 1/2 oz tequila blanco
  • salt and pepper rim*
  • lime wedges to garnish
  • thyme leaves to garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to 400F. In a baking sheet or oven safe skillet, combine the tomatoes, garlic, oil, thyme, salt, and pepper. Transfer to the preheated oven and cook for 30 minutes, stirring halfway, until the tomatoes are deflated and blistered. 
  2. After the tomatoes have cooled for at least 10 minutes, carefully transfer them to a blender, leaving behind any tough thyme stems and excess oil in the pan. Add 1/2 cup of water (or more if necessary to get your blender going) plus the smoked paprika and red pepper flakes and blend until smooth. Use a fine sieve or clean tea towel to strain out the solids. You should end up with around 12-14 ounces of roasted tomato juice or more if you used more water to blend.
  3. To make a single margarita, run a lime wedge over the rim of your glass and dip it into a dish of salt and pepper (optional).  Fill a shaker with ice and add 3 oz of the roasted tomato juice, 3/4 oz lime juice, 2-3 dashes of your favorite hot sauce, and 1 1/2 oz tequila. Shake briefly and strain over fresh ice in the salt and pepper rimmed glass a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few fresh thyme leaves along with a little extra pepper or hot sauce if you like. Enjoy responsibly!


  • To prepare a salt-and-pepper rim for your margarita glasses, simply add a few teaspoons of sea salt or kosher salt to a small plate, then use a lime wedge to moisten the rim of your glass and carefully dip the rim into the dish of salt and pepper. Eliminate the pepper if desired.