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Sunny Mary

The pickling liquid from jarred peperoncini provides the ideal kick of heat in this golden version of the Mary, made with yellow tomatoes.

  • prep: 15 mins
    total time: 2 hours 15 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: Johnny Miller




  • 2 pounds yellow tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup chilled vodka
  • 4 jarred peperoncini, plus 1/4 cup reserved pickling liquid
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Ice cubes

Cook's Note

Pureed tomatoes can be strained overnight in the refrigerator. Sunny Marys can be refrigerated for up to 4 hours. Pour over ice just before serving.


  1. Step 1

    Puree tomatoes in a food processor until smooth. Strain in a cheesecloth-lined fine sieve set over a bowl, then press on solids to extract juice. (You'll need at least 2 cups.) Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

  2. Step 2

    Stir together tomato juice, vodka, pickling liquid, and lemon juice. Divide among 4 ice-filled glasses, and garnish each with a peperoncino.

Martha Stewart Living, August 2011