Photo by: Photo: Ray Kachatorian; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Calamari Cocktail

Chef Roly was inspired by the Mexican favorite Vuelve a la Vida ("return to life"), a traditional and delicious hangover remedy.

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1/2 none poblano chile pepper, diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/3 cup diced onion
  • 1 none garlic clove
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup tomato juice
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 pound fresh calamari tubes, rinsed
  • none Tomato Sauce


Process first 11 ingredients in a food processor or blender 1 minute or until smooth.

Blanch calamari 1 minute in 8 cups of lightly salted boiling water. Plunge calamari into ice water to stop cooking process. Drain and combine with pepper mixture in a medium bowl.

Serve warm or chilled in 6 glasses, and top with Tomato Sauce.


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