Everyone wants to be green these days. Why not try a green drink?
My super-sugary Green Grape tomatoes inspired me make this cocktail, which is a twist on the traditional Bloody Mary.
The Green Mary was pleasantly refreshing, with just the right bite at the back of the throat. It was the essence of tomatoes and summer -- fragrant, beautiful and light.
If you are used to the uber-high sodium content of a Bloody Mary made with a mix, this one may take a little getting used to. However, if you have access to some green tomatoes, I urge you to try a Green Mary.
Makes 1 cocktail.
1) Muddle the following in a cocktail shaker:
6 large green grape tomatoes, quartered (or 3/4 c chunked large, ripe, green toms)
2 - 3 thin slices cucumber
1/4 of a serrano chile
1 lime, cut into eighths
2 grinds of freshly cracked pepper
pinch of kosher or sea salt
4 drops of Tabasco Green
1/2 tsp sugar or truvia (more if toms aren't very sweet)
2) Add the following to the shaker:
2 oz vodka (citrus-, cucumber-, or pepper-infused)
1/2 c ice
3) Shake vigorously until cold.
4) Place a piece of cheesecloth over shaker spout and strain into a rocks glass filled with 3/4 c crushed ice.
5) Top off with:
3 - 4 oz of sparkling water or club soda.
6) Garnish with any combo of the following:
lime, green grape tomato, cucumber, green beans
These pair beautifully with goat cheese appetizers.