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Tomato Water and Chili Vodka (Not-So-Bloody Mary)

[Photographs: Heather Arndt Anderson]

Here's where I make my shocking confession: I am not a huge fan of the Bloody Mary. I don't know what it is—I love making them, but they're just so...hearty? Chewy? Call me crazy, but I don't dig having to floss after a beverage. But when I'm sitting down a hot plate of huevos rancheros, I want something just a tad sturdier than a fizzy mimosa or Bellini; something clear, salty, savory, and with a kick. A daintier, more delicate Bloody Mary, made with tomato water instead of chunky tomato juice, and with hot pepper vodka instead of hot sauce and grated horseradish. A not-so-Bloody Mary.

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