Not every cocktail is a drink to be seen in daylight. But before noon? Those concoctions breathe the rarified air of the morning cocktail. What does it take to effortlessly enter the VIP lounge of the AM? You have to know how everyone got there in the first place.

The Mimosa and Screwdriver are there because they have no other place to go. Drinking orange juice after 12PM is acceptable in small quantities and only with tequila. Orange juice in the afternoon isn’t pragmatic as your body can only absorb so much vitamin C. By the time noon rolls around, you should have had enough for the day. If you haven’t, have a margarita.

The Bloody Mary is its own meal. An early afternoon Bloody Mary is not completely uncalled for. But really, it is the only cocktail that pairs well with bacon and eggs. It’s also a brute and a before-dinner-Bloody makes no sense. You’ve got a whole dinner ahead and tasting wine is completely out of the question after a Bloody.

Then you have your Fizzes. Classically, these aren’t known as true cocktails. They’re more of a mixed drink and, frankly, they don’t have much place in the world, much less in the afternoon.

Is there room for the tomatillo cocktail? It’s lighter and more refreshing than a tomato Bloody Mary. It’s green–an acceptable color for a morning beverage. It plays well with breakfast foods and one is enough.

Welcome to the VIP room, little guy.

Makes: 4 low ball glasses
Keeps: Don’t try
Time (with prepared puree): 15 minutes

Pickled Tomatillos

1 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped

1 TBSP Jalapeno, rough chopped

2 cups tomatillo puree (1 lb whole tomatillos)

1/4 cup lime juice

1 tsp paprika

1 cup vodka

For the cocktail glass rim

3/4 cup sparkling water

1 TBSP cumin seed, toasted then ground

2TBSP salt

3 tsp = 1 TBSP
2 TBSP = 1 ounce
1 cup = 8 oz
1 cup = 1/2 pint
4 cups = 1 quart
4 quarts = 1 gallon
16 cups – 1 gallon

Blend all ingredients except the vodka and water
Slowly add vodka and water
Pour over ice
Garnish with pickled vegetables

Two things you need to know about tomatillos:

First, tomatillos are like a cloaking device for vodka. Tread lightly.

Second, and you need to be made aware of this now, Tomatillos are VERY HIGH IN FIBER.

The blender will get perilously full. There’s a beauty in peril.

Win the day with a sweet potato poblano hash and a poached egg.