Allana's Tomato Martinis with Garlic & Basil Infused Vodka
I've been looking forward to Friday all week. I had a small taste of it on Wednesday when I indulged in some happy hour activities, but then suddenly it was Thursday, my head was pounding at my desk and the mere promise of a weekend was still over 24 hours away. Fear no more friends, Friday has finally arrived and so has a new herb-tastic cocktail. I am not one to shy away from strong flavors, especially in drinks, so please don;t freak out and run to get a chilled Sauvignon Blanc from the fridge when I tell you that today, I'm making tomato martinis!
I wish I could give myself full credit for this cocktail but alas, cannot. A few months ago I was sitting in the bar at Cafe Cluny, a bustling yet intimate wine bar in downtown Manhattan when I stumbled upon this martini with garlic-infused vodka. I had seen (and tried) plenty of tomato martinis before, but this garlic -infusion took my curiosity to a whole new level. After playing around with a few different recipes, I finally nailed what I think to be, a very tasty and savory tomato martini. The trick here is to infuse the garlic for about 24 hours and to use the ripest most flavorful tomatoes you can find. Throw in some blue-cheese stuffed olives and you're left with a meal-in-a-glass that will keep you forever hooked on savory cocktails.
Tomato Martinis with Garlic & Basil Infused Vodka
- 1/2 Tube Gourmet Garden Garlic
- 1 Tbsp Gourmet Garden Basil
- 1 (750 ml) bottle of vodka
- Large mason jar (container with tight fitting lid)
Fill the jar with Gourmet Garden Garlic & Basil. Add the vodka, secure lid and shake well. Store the "infusion" in a dark place at room temperature for 2 days. Once infused, strain the vodka through a fine mesh sieve or a coffee filter into a separate container and store as you would any vodka.
3 Very ripe tomatoes
2.5 oz Gourmet Garden Infused Garlic Vodka
Blue cheese stuffed olives, as garnish
Chop the tomatoes and place in a small bowl with 1 tsp Kosher salt. Mix well. Transfer the tomatoes and their juices to a small food processor (or blender) and pulse well, until roughly chopped. Line a sieve with a cheesecloth and pour the tomato mixture on top, letting the juices drain into a separate container. Discard the solids and reserve the liquid.
Combine 2.5 oz of the tomato juice with 2.5 oz of the Garlic- Infused Vodka in a ice filled shaker, shake well; strain into a chilled martini glass. Top with blue cheese olives. Enjoy.