The PhoBlograpHusband finds it funny, how particular I am about tomatoes. I won’t eat the grape or cherry varieties unless they’ve been pre-sliced, because otherwise they burst in my mouth like that Freshen-up gum and I find that icky. I’ll eat an enormous amount of sliced tomatoes on pizzas and burgers and in sammies and salads, but I won’t eat one all by itself. Don’t get me started on people who bite into tommies like they’re apples.

I’ve got just one rule for Bloody Marys, aka tommies for alkies: I try never to finish off an entire one, because they’re just too filling. Especially in summer, when the ol’ tummy takes any chance it can get to force a full-body, ass-parking, sluggish-apolooza shutdown.

Except now, voila! The Bloody Mary al Fresca! It’s all of the tomato taste with none of the tomato waste(d).

The Bloody Mary al Fresca

About 3 or 4 ounces Crop Organic Tomato Vodka

1 small tomato or half of a large tomato

6 basil leaves

Splash of white vinegar

Splash of lemon juice

4 dashes Worcestershire sauce

8 dashes Tabasco

salt and pepper

New Bay seasoningĀ 

Rim a Collins glass with New Bay seasoning. Muddle tomato and basil leaves in bottom of glass. Add vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire and Tabasco. Fill with ice and vodka. Garnish with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top.

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