Tomatillo Mary

The tomatillo is a plant of the nightshade family, related to the cape gooseberry, bearing small, spherical and green or green-purple fruit of the same name. Tomatillos originated in Mexico, and are a staple of that country’s cuisine.

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  • 1 pound tomatillos, husked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 1 medium English cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
  • 3/4 cup cold water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 limes), plus 1 lime wedge
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Coarse salt
  • Cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup chilled vodka


Cook’s Note

Tomatillo Marys can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours. Pour over ice just before serving.



  1. Step 1

    Puree tomatillos, cucumber, jalapeno, water, lime juice, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a generous pinch of cayenne pepper in a blender until smooth. Stir in vodka. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Meanwhile, stir together 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper on a small plate. Wet the rims of 4 glasses with lime wedge, and dip each in salt mixture, turning to coat. Stir Tomatillo Mary mixture well, and divide among 4 ice-filled glasses.