Turn Up the "Beet": Roasted Beet and Chipotle Bloody Mary

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Turn up the “beet” at brunch! A Bloody Mary is a delicious addition to brunch with family and friends. Why not add some delightful flavor and extra nutrients to your festivities with a Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary?

Adding roasted beets to a classic Bloody Mary offers delicious earthiness and a dash of extra natural sweetness to balance the savory and salty tomato juice. This cocktail or mocktail (eliminate vodka) is like drinking an adult V-8!

Roasting beets for a Beet Bloody Mary is ideal as the roasting process brings out the delicious beet flavor and adds a smoky element. Chipotle Tabasco complements the beet’s earthy sweetness, but if you don’t like heat, add only a few dashes for flavor or eliminate the Tabasco. For extra pizzazz, add a tablespoon (or two) of pickled beet brine to the drink. It’s scrumptious!

If you don’t have time to roast beets, for an easy-prep option use fresh beet juice (although it will change the Bloody Mary texture). Using fresh beet juice in place of roasting and blending beets is an easier option, but the texture becomes more thin. It’s up to you.

Don’t forget to dress up your Bloody Mary with tasty garnishes! The options are unlimited, such as pickled beets, olives, celery, beet greens, pickled asparagus, pickle spears, or raw cauliflower and turnips. For more delicious beet cocktails, try Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini.


Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary Recipe

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INGREDIENTS (serves about 4, depending on glass size)

Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix

  • 2-3 medium roasted red beets

  • 2 cups tomato juice

  • 1 tbsp lime juice

  • 1 tsp Chipotle Tobasco (add 3-4 dashes only for less heat)

  • 2 tsp reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce (reduce sodium)

  • 1 tsp horseradish

  • 1 tbsp pickle juice or pickled beet brine (optional)

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper

  • 1/2 tsp celery salt (for mix and rim)

  • lemon and/lime wedges for rim

to garnish (optional)

  • pickled beets, celery stalks (celery heart), pickled or raw turnips, pickled or raw asparagus spears, pickle spears, olives, raw cauliflower, lime and/or lime wedges, parsley sprig

Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary

  • 1 1/2 ounces per glass of chilled vodka

  • 4 ounces (depending on glass size) per glass of Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix

DIRECTIONS

to make Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wrap beets in foil and roast about 35-40 minutes, until tender. Beets are cooked when easily pierced with a fork. Remove from oven and open foil to cool. Remove skin by gently rubbing off skin with a paper towel or peeling under cool water. Cut beets in halves or quarters.

  2. In a blender or food processor, blend roasted beets, tomato juice, and lime juice, If you don’t have a high-powered blender and the mixture is still chunky, pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl or pitcher; discard solids. 

  3. Add Chipotle Tobasco, Worcestershire sauce, prepared horseradish, pickle juice (optional), smoked paprika, ground pepper, and 1/4 tsp celery salt and blend until smooth.

to make Roasted Beet Bloody Mary

  1. Pour celery salt onto small plate.

  2. Rub a lemon or lime wedge on the lip side of each glass.

  3. Roll the outer edge of the lime/lemon-rimmed glass in celery salt.

  4. Fill each glass with ice.

  5. Pour 1 1/2 ounces chilled vodka over the ice.*

  6. Top with 4 ounces (depending on glass size) of Roasted Beet Chipotle Bloody Mary Mix over the vodka and ice.

  7. Garnish with lemon and/or lime wedges, celery stalks, fresh dill, olives, pickle spears, pickled beets, asparagus, cocktail onions, or raw veggies like turnips or cauliflower.

* You may also add 1 1/2 oz vodka with 4 oz Bloody Mary Mix and ice cubes in a shaker cup. Shake and pour.


STILL THIRSTY?

Rockin’ the “Beet”: Beet Wassail Holiday Punch

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Wassail is an enchanting holiday beverage with spiced, citrus, and fruit flavors, but this delicious drink offers more than “warm your soul” goodness. Wassail is based on an ancient custom of celebrating life, friends and family, and upcoming harvests. Sipping warm mugs of spiced Beet Wassail with friends and family while gathered around a crackling fire equals the perfect Fall and Winter bliss!

What is Wassail?

Let’s go a-wassailing! If you celebrate Christmas, you may be familiar with the Christmas carol, “Here we come a-wassailing.” This song contains catchy lyrics referring to “wassailing” or singing carols from door to door wishing good health to others. Wassail, an Anglo-Saxon phrase which means “be you hale” (“good health” or “be healthful”), is a hot mulled cider-like beverage traditionally made with various ingredients, such as roasted apples, cloves, ginger, nutmeg, sugar, curdled cream, and even eggs. Originally, it was custom for wassail to be served in a “wassailing” bowl as guests and carolers were invited inside to escape the cold and to enjoy a warm beverage and fellowship.

Drinking old-fashioned wassail during the holidays is a family tradition. Introduced to me by my fabulous cousin Angel, wassail is made every year and shared with family and friends during chilly Wisconsin winter months. Traditional wassail is filled with delightful fruit juices and spices, and the extraordinary beetroot pairs beautifully with apple, pineapple, and orange juices. Adding naturally sweet beet juice to the family recipe creates a twist on a classic holiday spiced drink. Plus - the color is gorgeous!

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Beet Wassail doesn’t require added sugar because the juices are naturally sweet; however, if you prefer a sweeter drink, add honey or maple syrup to taste. This recipe is alcohol-free and family friendly, but you can also spike this beverage with aged rum, whiskey, or brandy for a boozy version.

Often made in larger batches to share with social gatherings, wassail is best served in a crock-pot (slow-cooker) or punch bowl where guests can serve themselves. Wassail can also be ladled individually into mugs or glassware with handles.

Get cozy with your favorite snuggle-bug by the fire, warm up your vocal chords for caroling, invite your friends over for board games and treats, or enjoy a family movie night and sip this exquisite holiday punch. Let’s go a-wassailing!


Beet Wassail Holiday Punch Recipe

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INGREDIENTS (serves 8)

  • 1 cup beet juice*

  • 4 cups unsweetened apple cider (or apple juice)

  • 1 cup unsweetened orange juice

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice

  • 1 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

  • 3-4 whole cinnamon sticks (more for serving if desired)

  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves

  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger

  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

  • sliced oranges and lemons to simmer

*1 cup of beet juice offers a nice blend of flavors, but if you add an additional 1/2 cup, the delicious earthy beet flavor really shines! Most grocery stores carry ready-to-drink beet juice on the aisle with vegetable and fruit juices. If you can’t find beet juice in the stores, make your own beet juice by juicing beets.

DIRECTIONS

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot and simmer for at least 20-30 minutes, or for more flavor, simmer for several hours in a slow-cooker.

  2. Strain into large punch bowl (to remove whole cloves) and serve hot or leave simmering in a slow-cooker available for guests to help themselves.

  3. Leave the sliced oranges and lemons along with the cinnamon sticks for more flavor and vibrant color.

Planning a bigger party? Double or triple the ingredients! This delicious winter punch lasts several days in the fridge, and the flavors get more enhanced the longer it sits. After one day, you may want to remove the sliced oranges and lemons and replace them with new ones as they get quite mushy.

The wassail color may change the longer it simmers or sits in the fridge. Cinnamon sticks often turn the vibrant reddish-colored punch into a brown (cider style) color. These photos were taken within an hour of simmering. Enjoy!


STILL THIRSTY?

"Beet" the Heat: Beet Juice, Blood Orange, and Lime Slushy Virgin Margarita

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"Beet" the heat with a frozen virgin margarita! A delicious twist on a classic cocktail, this Beet, Blood Orange, and Lime Slushy Virgin Margarita is alcohol-free and filled with healthy fresh juices. Grab your blender and round up your kiddos because this delightful drink is completely family friendly.

This Beeta-Rita (yup- I never waste an opportunity to create a pun) is the perfect summer-time treat. Refreshingly delicious blood-orange juice, sweet earthy beets, and a KAPOW punch of lime equals the perfect sweet and tart combo for a frozen/slushy drink on a hot day. Add salt or a salt/sugar combo rim, and this frozen Beet, Blood Orange, and Lime Virgin Margarita will be un"beet"able at your summer barbecues, picnics, backyard activities, and afternoons by the pool.  

You know what else is fantastically jazzy about this alcohol-free drink? It's healthy!!! Ready-made store bought margarita mixes often contain corn syrup or gobs of sugar. This virgin margarita offers the traditional citrus flavor with yummy beet juice and less artificial flavors and sugars.

If you've been searching for ways to add more veggies and fruits, such as beets, to your diet, this is the perfect way! Beets are super nutritious as are blood-oranges; therefore, this drink is full of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins; your body will shimmy with glee! Because of the extra fresh lime juice, this recipe is more on the tart side, so add more orange juice, honey or other sweetener for your preferred palette. If using maple syrup, look for Grade A or B maple syrup as it contains more fabulous minerals and less artificial sweeteners and preservatives than some other maple syrups. Additionally, fresh is best. If possible use fresh juice for these margaritas. If you don't have a juicer, stop by your local grocery store. Many stores offer fresh squeezed beet and orange juice or companies, like Love Beets, sells fresh beet juice by the bottle. 

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Are you a fan of mason jars? Mason jars are super versatile and convenient. Served and stored in mason jars, these slushy-type virgin margaritas can be made in advance for easy prep. Serve right away or freeze virgin margaritas in individual jars for an easy peasie go-to summer drink later in the week. Plus - when removed from the freezer, the "frozen" jars keep the ingredients cold and slushy. 

Just remember to rim your glass with salt or sugar IMMEDIATELY after removing from the freezer. Yup. It's the perfect (and only) time to invert the glasses; otherwise, you will be slurping margaritas off your floor and counters! 

Looking for more yummy mocktails? Try Beet, Citrus, and Ginger Sangria Mocktail


Beet, Blood Orange and Lime Slushy Virgin Margarita Recipe

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INGREDIENTS (serves 3-4 depending on jar size) 

  • 1 cup fresh beet juice

  • 2 cups fresh blood-orange (or regular orange) juice

  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice

  • 2-3 tbsp honey or maple syrup*

  • 4 cups ice cubes

  • Orange and lime slices/wedges to garnish

  • Coarse margarita salt and/or sugar for rim (optional)

WHAT YOU NEED

  • Pint-size mason jars (or half pint is preferred)

  • Mason Jar lids

  • Shallow plate for salt/sugar

  • Straws (optional)

*This delightful Beet, Blood Orange, and Lime Virgin Margarita is designed to be less sweet than many other traditional margaritas. It's a sweet/tart combo, so if you prefer a sweeter taste, then make adjustments to suit your preferences. 

Additionally, for the beet fans out there, adding a tablespoon or two of Beet Simple Syrup makes this drink extra Beetastic! Because beets are naturally sweet, Beet Simple Syrup requires less sugar and is a healthier option than traditional simple syrup. Plus - you get that awesome beet flavor! 

DIRECTIONS

To drink right away

1. Add all ingredients into the blender. Puree ingredients or pulse for thicker ice chunks in your frozen margaritas. 

2. Salt/sugar glass rims by sliding a lime wedge around the rim and then dipping the sticky and wet glass rim in the salt on a shallow plate. 

3. Fill glasses with the blended ingredients and garnish with lime and orange slices. Enjoy! 

To drink later

1. Pour blended ingredients into individual half pint or pint jars. Cover each jar with secure mason jar lids. 

2. Place jars in freezer for when you are ready to serve them. They usually last a week or two. 

3. Remove margaritas from the freezer when ready to drink and immediately dip them in the salt and/or sugar. The margaritas must be frozen solid in order to dip rims in salt as glasses are inverted. 

4. When first removed from the freezer, the ingredients will appear frozen solid as there is no alcohol (which doesn't freeze) in the recipe. Let jars sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes. Then gently stir. The slushy texture will appear. Enjoy! 


STILL THIRSTY?

We Got the "Beet": Beet Moscow Mule

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Are you a Moscow Mule enthusiast? This BEETastic twist on a classic "mule" includes the traditional flavors of ginger, lime, and vodka with the earthy sweetness of beet simple syrup and fresh mint leaves. 

Why add beet simple syrup? The beautiful beet adds a delightful earthiness married to spicy ginger beer (despite the name, it is non-alcoholic), fresh mint, and lime juice. Beet Simple Syrup is easy to make and if you wish to eliminate the sweetness factor, replace simple syrup with cold-pressed beet juice. Yum! Plus - adding the antioxidant-rich veggie adds some nutritional value to this refreshing drink! 

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Although Moscow Mules are made with vodka, legend has it that the "mule" doesn't actually originate from Moscow but rather it is believed that this craft cocktail hails from America. Either way, served with its signature copper mug and ginger flair, this cocktail has gained vast popularity, and we love it! 

Cocktail Options

  • for more ginger love, add 1/2 tsp freshly grated ginger. Kapow!

  • for less sweetness, use 2 oz beet juice rather than beet simple syrup.

Mocktail Options

  • replace vodka with tonic or carbonated water. Add extra ginger beer and lime juice for flair.

  • add fresh orange juice to create a delightful ginger, citrus, and mint mocktail version of the "mule."

For more cocktail/mocktail recipes featuring the beet, try a Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita or Pickled Beet Dirty Martini.

Cheers to picnics, barbecues, family/friend time, and delicious Moscow Mules!


Beet Moscow Mule Recipe

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 oz Tito's Vodka

  • 4 oz (1/2 - 3/4 cup) ginger beer

  • 1.5 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 oz beet simple syrup

  • muddled mint leaves and lime wedges

  • candied ginger for garnish (optional)

  • ice for shaker

DIRECTIONS

1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake shake shake! 

2. Pour over ice in copper mugs.

3. Garnish with extra mint, lime wedges, and candied ginger.


STILL THIRSTY?

Smokin' Hot Beeta-Rita: Beet, Mezcal, and Jalapeno Margarita

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Smoke out and spice up with a delicious Beeta-Rita (Beet Margarita)! Mezcal, tequila's smokin' "sister," adds an epic campfire flavor combined with refreshing citrus, earthy and sweet beet simple syrup, and a KAPOW kick of hot pepper. Planning a summer barbecue or picnic in your backyard? This Beeta-Rita cocktail may be your new best friend! 

Tequila vs. Mezcal 

What's the difference between tequila and mezcal? Tequila and mezcal are often made from the same kind of plant; however, they taste quite differently. Tequila is made from blue agave, but mezcal can be made from various agave varieties. Furthermore, when making tequila, agave hearts are often steamed; whereas, agave hearts are wood-roasted for mezcal. This wood-roasting practice is what gives mezcal its signature smoky flavor, and the signature smoky essence is what makes this spirit uniquely perfect for creating a delicious Beeta-Rita (beet margarita). There are many ways to serve margaritas, but this one is best served on the rocks with a coarse salt rim and topped with extra jalapenos! For extra spice and flavor, shake up all ingredients in cocktail shaker and refrigerate for an hour or two. This allows the jalapeno slices to marinate and adds fantastic spice (but not too much) to the beet simple syrup and citrus combination. If you wish to create a less sweet (sans simple syrup version) replace beet simple syrup with fresh beet juice (about 2 oz). Yum! 

Have a hankering for some wine, beer, or spirits but don't want to leave the comforts of your home or pjs? Are you familiar with Drizly (known as the "uber" of liquor)?  This app is super convenient! You can access Drizly online or use the app to order your favorite ingredients and have them delivered without ever leaving your house. If you live in one of Drizly's expansive delivery areas, your purchases can be delivered to your home in about one hour or less. Pretty impressive, right? Drizly delivered Fidencio Mezcal to my door, and it was perfect for the flavor and complexity envisioned for this unique beet cocktail. Fidencio Mezcal is remarkably balanced with a beautiful blend of smoky flavor and a clean crisp finish. 

Thirsty for more fabulous veggie cocktails? Try these delicious BEETastic drinks: The Final Frontier: Beet "Tom Collins" Martini, Pretty in Pink: Pickled Beet Dirty Martini, and We Got the "Beet": Moscow Mule.


Smokin’ Hot Beeta-Rita: Beet, Mezcal and Jalapeno Margarita Recipe

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INGREDIENTS (serves 1-2, depending on glass size)

  • 2 oz Fidencio Mezcal (or a preferred brand)

  • 2 oz fresh lime juice

  • 1 oz beet simple syrup

  • 4 oz fresh orange juice

  • 4-5 muddled jalapeno slices (5 + for extra heat!)

  • lime salt or kosher salt (for rim)

  • sugar (for rim)

DIRECTIONS

1. With a lime wedge, rub a rocks or margarita glass around the rim. 

2. Rim with salt or salt/sugar combo. 

3. In a shaker, combine mezcal, lime juice, orange juice, beet simple syrup, muddled jalapeno slices, and ice cubes. Shake! 

4. Strain into a rocks or margarita glass over fresh ice or serve straight up. Garnish with a lime wedge. Add extra jalapeno slices in glass for added spice! 

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SPICY BEETA-RITA MOCKTAIL 

Not a fan of alcohol, create a refreshingly fabulous Beeta-Rita Mocktail.

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 oz beet juice*

  • 3 oz lime juice

  • 2 oz orange juice

  • 1 oz agave nectar

  • salt and/or sugar for rim

  • 4-5 muddled jalapeno slices (5+ for extra heat!)

* For a quick mocktail or if a juicer isn't handy, use cold-pressed beet juice (Like Love Beets, etc.). You may also use store-bought orange juice and apple juice (preferably 100% juice without added sugar). 

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix beet juice, lime juice, orange juice, and agave nectar in margarita or juice pitcher or shake in a shaker cup with ice. 

2. Muddle jalapeno slices with a dash of lime juice and add to the mix to marinate for a few minutes. Leave in for extra heat or remove before drinking.

3. Salt/sugar each glass rim and serve over ice or blend with one cup of ice for a blended Beeta-rita! 

Enjoy! 


STILL THIRSTY?