The Friday Tipple: Tomato Water Martini

Tomato Water Martini

Fall is in the air, dear Boozers. As the autumn equinox approaches, we find ourselves with the last of the summer fruits gently rotting on the vine; you’ve probably seen them also, sadly tottering in untidy piles at the farmer’s market: tomatoes. They are usually rather ugly this time of year, coming in an odd assortment of colors, overripe to the point of implosion. These tomatoes are like wrinkled old women at the seaside determined to get one more day of sunshine before winter strips them of their tans. These tomatoes know that they are headed for the compost bin if they can’t attract your attention.

We’ve put some of our tomatoes out of their misery by transforming them into tomato water and combining them with vodka for our elegantly spare Tomato Water Martini; we used the Square One Organic Cucumber Vodka because we like how the cucumber essence of the vodka combined with the slight tartness of the tomato water gives you one last tiny blast of summer. Add a few drops of hot sauce (we like our local Uncle Brutha’s varieties) and it turns out to also be a pretty good way to combat the first head cold of the season. Either way, it’s a win-win, for you and those last desperate tomatoes vying for your attention.

Tomato Water Martini

We treated this cocktail in the simplest way possible, much like our Last Gasp of Summer Liqueur — no need for fussiness here. The only real effort is in making the tomato water, which is messy but ultimately satisfying and an excellent way to relieve any workday tensions before you dive into happy hour.

One cup fresh tomatoes, roughly chopped, any variety

Chilled vodka (if you prefer a gin martini, try an earthy rye-based variety like Catoctin Creek)

Kosher salt

Hot sauce (Uncle Brutha’s No. 9 Chile Verde Garlic & Ginger is our personal favorite)

Kalamata olives for garnish (optional, of course)

Let the tomatoes sit at room temperature for a couple of hours. Wrap them in cheesecloth and squeeze them tightly to extract the juice, or press them through a fine-mesh sieve. Strain them again to remove any errant seeds or pulp. Pour two ounces of the tomato water and two ounces of vodka into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then sprinkle a pinch of Kosher salt over the top, add a few dashes of hot sauce, and garnish with Kalamata olives. 


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