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Friday 18 November 2011

The boy and his poison: The Bloody Mary Martini

There are times when a bacon sandwich and a pint of berocca aren't going to cut through the fog of listlessness that a compound hangover brings. It would be ok if you could just camp under the duvet for the rest of the day, but you said yes to your best friends party, its 5pm and you've run out of iplayer, you need a pick me up, a sharpener and wow is this one.

I first spotted it at a Belvedere tasting, but found it works just as well with gin if thats your preferred spirit. Don't be afraid if its a bit spicy before you add the ice (the flavour really develops when you shake it) and don't skimp on the basil (the smell when you drink it is a restorative in its own right).

You need:
  • 2oz vodka or gin
  • 6 cherry tomatoes
  • A good squeeze of juice from half a lemon
  • A desert spoon of sugar syrup
  • A couple of dashes of Tabasco (four if you like it spicy)
Put it together:
  • Muddle the cherry tomatoes with the sugar syrup (probably best to chop them up a bit too). The easiest way to do this is to drop the tomatoes in the bottom of your shaker and pumel them with the end of a rolling pin till they're well pulped. 
  • Then add the lemon juice and tabasco. At this point give the mixture a taste. Bloody Marys are a personal thing and the sweetness of the tomatoes you use may warrant a bit more lemon or sourness from the tabasco.
  • Add the gin or vodka with plenty of ice and shake vigourously. 
  • Fine sieve it into a martini glass and add that all important basil leaf.

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