I eat at least a handful of the little red gems each day, and am not sick of them in the least. In fact I'm looking for new ways to appreciate them. I remembered a play on a Bloody Mary I'd seen in a cooking magazine that involved an arduous process for extracting "tomato water". The resulting cocktail sounded delicious and light, with lots of tomatoey goodness, but I just didn't feel up to blanching and seeding and squeezing tomatoes today. I dispensed with the lengthy process and opted for nuking the toms for a few seconds to bring out their juices. Worked like a charm.
I muddled and added some thyme, oj and vodka. I liked the way the orange juice played up the tomato flavor instead of competing with it. I might try adding a little more to see how it changes the taste. You might also want to switch out the herbs here (I'm thinking cilantro next), but my Cajun roots have given me a propensity for thyme with tomatoes.
6 grape tomatoes (reserve one for garnish)
1 sprig of thyme
pinch of sea salt
2 oz vodka
1/2 oz fresh orange juice
drop or two of Tabasco Green
1. Cut five of the tomatoes in half and place in a microwaveable bowl.
2. Microwave on high for 15 seconds, let cool for 2-3 mins.
3. Place tomatoes into a shaker.
4. Strip thyme leaves off of stem and into shaker. Discard stem.
5. Add a pinch of salt to thyme and tomatoes, and then muddle thoroughly.
6. Pour in the vodka, orange juice and Tabasco.
7. Add ice to fill the shaker 3/4ths of the way.
8. Cover and shake vigourously until icy.
9. Strain into a martini glass.
10. Garnish with a tomato.
11. HAIL SUMMER!