Fresh Tomato Martini

This is the cocktail equivalent of slicing up a beefsteak and showering it with crunchy salt. [Photographs: Autumn Giles]

Not unlike a ripe, in-season tomato, the tomato vodka in this drink doesn't need a lot to dress it up. Since it's one of only three ingredients, use a good dry vermouth (such as Dolin) for this drink.

Note: For straining the tomato and alcohol puree use a very fine mesh strainer or a less fine one lined with a double layer of cheesecloth. The resulting infusion will have a some very fine tomato particles in it that will settle a bit. Just shake it up before using to redistribute them.

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Fresh Tomato Martini

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail, makes enough tomato vodka for about 4 cocktails
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:1 hour
Special equipment:blender, fine mesh strainer
This recipe appears in: 3 Cocktail Recipes Using Fresh Tomatoes

Ingredients

  • For the Tomato Vodka:
  • 16 ounces (about one large) beefsteak tomato, cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup vodka
  • For the Tomato Martini:
  • 3 ounces Tomato Vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon good dry vermouth, such as Dolin
  • 1/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • Ice

Procedures

  1. 1

    For the Tomato Vodka: Combine the tomato and vodka in a blender. Pulse a few times on medium to break up the tomato then blend for about 5 more seconds to form a pulpy puree. Strain the puree through a very fine mesh strainer or a less fine one lined with a double layer of cheesecloth. Stir it gently a few times as it strains, but do not press. Strain until it stops dripping on its own, about 15 minutes. Store in the fridge if not using immediately.

  2. 2

    For the Tomato Martini: Pour the tomato vodka, vermouth, and white wine vinegar into a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into chilled coupe glass and serve immediately.

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