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Spicy Tomato Martini

Updated: Mar 1, 2022

Makes 5

Today in the kitchen we’re whipping up a refreshing adult beverage! The base of the martini is a clear tomato “tea” & another great way to deal with the guilt of tomatoes from the on going summer bounty. The tea needs to be prepared the day before but the advanced planning is totally worth it!

What you’re gonna need

  • 2kg Tomatoes

  • 15g Salt

  • 150ml Vodka

(you don’t use as much vodka as a true martini so you can get away with saving the good stuff)

  • 25ml Balsamic Vinegar

  • 25ml Edible Alchemy Habanero, Prosecco, Apple Hot Sauce

(to taste we did 5ml per martini, they were medium spicy)

  • 10 big leaves of basil

  • Just lots of Ice

  • Rim salt

(this can be fancy like our bacon number or just salt and pepper)

  • Jalapeño for garnish

So, let’s start with the tea, this is the part to do the day before.

  • All you need to do is roughly chop up 2kg of tomato

  • Sprinkle the tomatoes with the salt and crush a few times with your hands.

  • Now you need to “hang” the tomatoes overnight or for 24hrs

  • You’ll need to clear some space in the fridge and check that your hanging contraption fits before you add the tomatoes. Not doing this will likely end in some kind of impressive tomato mess

  • What works best for us is a really fine strainer underneath a regular sifter over a big jug.

  • If you don’t have a really fine strainer you can line a sifter or colander with cheesecloth or a similar loosely woven fabric and sit that over a bowl. Make sure there is space between the bowl and strainer so the liquid drips.

  • Leave overnight

The following day

Fill your martini glasses with crushed ice (I was lazy and did not crush the ice)

For one martini

Fill a shaker or large tumbler with ice

Add to the shaker

  • 30ml vodka

  • 1 tsp balsamic

  • 1 tsp hot sauce

  • 2 slapped basil leaves

  • 125ml tomato tea

Shake/stir a few times to combine

Remove the ice from your glass

Use a slice of jalapeño to wet the rim of glass

Press the glass into the salt to coat the rim

Strain the liquid into the glass

Garnish with sliced jalapeño

These are awesome, refreshing and nothing like the Bloody Mary’s you’re used to.

Let us know what you think when you give this recipe a try!



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