Bloody Mary Tomato Sauce: Cocktail-Inspired Recipes

We find kitchen inspiration in many places: Magazines, cookbooks, restaurants, and travel. Maybe you're inspired by a friend or family member or push yourself to try different kinds of recipes. But have you ever been inspired to cook all because of a certain beer or cocktail?

If you answered no, the time to change that is now. Faced with more tomatoes than she knew what to do with, San Francisco Chronicle writer Amanda Gold turned to the obvious choice: tomato sauce. Not so obvious was her idea to add elements of a Bloody Mary, her favorite cocktail, into the mix.

Read more: Bloody Mary ingredients inspire pasta sauce at The San Francisco Chronicle

Similarly, Mark Bittman just wrote a piece entitled Beer As an Ingredient, in which he details dishes that rely on beer as an integral part of the recipe.

Read more: Beer As an Ingredient at The New York Times

What can we say? We like passionate inspiration regardless of where it's found, and we think it's about time to try a few cocktail-inspired recipes ourselves.

Try a Recipe:
Carnitas Braised in Witbier - The New York Times
Whole Wheat Fusilli with Roasted Ratatouille - SF Gate
Spiced Dark Craft Beer Pancakes - Craft Beer
Cosmopolitan Cupcakes - A Cup Full of Cake
Pork Tenderloin in a Port Prune Sauce - Chez Us

Related: Recipe: Spicy Boozy Mousse

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