This savory, fresh and colorful drink was inspired by Adam Seger of Nacional 27. It has its roots in the Bloody Mary, but skips the vodka, subbing in cachaca, a distant cousin of rum. Raid the summer garden for cherry tomatoes and basil in season!
2 ounces Sagatiba Pura, or another cachaca
3 or 4 cherry tomatoes
2-4 fresh basil leaves
2 wedges of lime
2 1/2 ounces tomato juice
Hot sauce, to taste
Worcestershire sauce, to taste
Muddle cherry tomatoes and lime in a shaker. Add salt, Worcestershire and hot sauce, basil, tomato juice, cachaca and ice. Shake well and serve in a long glass garnished with basil.
So, kittens, what I will want to know are things like how hard or easy it was to prepare, how you served it (and to whom!) and most of all, how you liked it. Photos and videos are welcome, but your comments will suffice. This is all happening March 3, so don’t dilly-dally! I’ll be expecting to hear results on the 4th. Thanks awfully much to Kara Newman, author of the cocktail book Spice and Ice. She contributed this recipe, and instigated the whole virtual cocktail party idea in the first place. Be sure to pick up her book at Barnes & Noble or for even more unusual and delightful creations!
Tomorrow I will post the recipe so you can gather your ingredients and start fabulous-proofing your kitchen. We’re all going to make the Bloody Mary together on March 3, which is this coming Wednesday. Cheers! See you tomorrow!
Last week my husband decided it had been a while since we’d entertained, and it would be nice if we invited some friends over. He sent an email to three couples that we had been wanting to catch up with, asking them to come over for a dinner party on Sunday. What he didn’t know was that he had made a teensy typographical error: he invited our friends over for a sinner party. That certainly explained why no one had offered to bring a salad, and why they were dressed the way they were.
I suppose it would have been even stranger if he had invited them to a Donner party…what kind of wine goes with Anglo-Saxon?
In the next couple of weeks, we’re going to have a virtual cocktail party! Here’s how it works:
1. I’ll give you a Bloody Mary recipe to make at home.
2. Make the drink.
3. Write a couple of sentences telling me what you thought of it. You can post photos, too.
I’ll supply more details as I have them. In the meantime, get ready to join the conversation! And feel free to invite your friends to taste with you. The more the Mary-er!
While you may have your heart set on drinking Hurricanes on Fat Tuesday, have you given much thought to the morning after? A Bloody Mary will get you back into fighting shape and back at your desk before you can say “show me yer boobies.” For a fun and festive twist, try one of these variations:
* make a green Bloody Mary using tomatillos and green Tabasco. For garnish, alternate yellow bell pepper and purple onion strips folded into a “C” shape.
* or, make it yellow-gold by liquefying roasted yellow heirloom tomatoes; spice it up with bottled West Indies or Cajun hot sauce. Then, you guessed it, garnish with purple and green.
For the complete recipes, pick up a copy of Grocery Gardening by JeanAnn Van Krevelen. My Calypso Mary (the yellow one) and Verde Mary (the green one) can both be found in the tomato chapter.
The book, in its rudimentary form, is now finished. Unfortunately, I’m not going to be able to crank it out in the next couple of months like I had planned in my naive, first-time-author sort of way. However, Bloody Merries now has an honest-to-god publisher, Dame Rocket Press. That means the production, the marketing, and the launch are going to be more painstaking albeit a damn sight more professional. It may even become a calendar and/or other complementary schwag. So hang on another — gulp — year, and I promise to be a more faithful contributor to my blog. Now that I’m done writing, you’d be amazed at all the free time I have!
Just in time for Valentine’s Day! It has been said that bacon is the chocolate of meats. So you can skip the Whitman Sampler this year and buy your sweetie what he or she is really craving! Take a look…
Hey everybody, I handed off the completed manuscript to the publisher yesterday, so keep your fingers crossed. I hadn’t thought about much beyond just typing “the end” when I was done, but I realize that was the end of the beginning, in a way. There’s financing to think about, then editing, design, production, marketing, distribution, blah blah blah. But at least I’ve finally given birth to the creature. On the plus side, I’ll have lots more time to blog…and drink.