Wait, you didn’t think we’d skip cocktail night during Tomato Week did you? It’s summer. Make your own tomato juice while you still can.
- 2 ounces gin
- 1/2 ounce dry vermouth
- 3 ounces fresh tomato juice (see note below)
- juice from 1/2 lemon
- 1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- salt/pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- olive or lemon peel for garnish
To make tomato juice, blend about 2 cups worth of tomatoes, about 5 large Romas. Pour into a sieve set over a large bowl. Set aside to strain, pressing with a spoon occasionally. Depending on how juicy your tomatoes are you should get enough juice to make a cocktail in about five minutes. It should take about 30 minutes to strain the entire batch. You’ll want another one.
Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and give it a shake or two. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olive or lemon peel.
Don’t like gin? You’re forgiven. Use 2 ounces vodka or 1 ounce vodka and one ounce pepper vodka.
One from the archives: No surprises here. You can’t have a tomato week without a Bloody Mary. This would be great with the fresh tomato juice too.