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Friday Cocktail: Killer Tomato

by Gerry Jobe on August 24, 2012

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I hate Caesars. I’ve tried to like them, I make a damn good one, I just cant bring myself to “enjoy” one. I went on a 2 week Caesar hunt a couple of years ago, and I recognized that as much as I try, I will never be enamored enough to truly crave, nor enjoy a Caesar. Oh, I get it, I fully understand the whole “hangover cure/meal-in-a-glass” aspect. I just personally, do not like them (Sam I am). As a wise ex-bar manager once critiqued me on making cocktails I disliked said: “You don’t have to like it, you don’t have to drink it, but you have to understand it and pour your version of it”

This clearly applies to the cocktail in question. So here is my tomato cocktail, an alternative to the Caesar which I’ve dubbed “The Killer Tomato.” Born of a challenge from Chef Butters of RauDZ repute to create an “Okanagan Bloody Mary” I muddle Sungold Tomatoes grown by tomato-guru Milan from Suncatcher Farms, add a drizzle of 12 year aged firewood balsamico, one ounce of Urban Distillers Spirit Bear Vodka, one once of Cointreau and 3 ounces of house-made lemonade, shake over ice and double strain into a coupe glass rimmed with crushed Szechuan peppercorn and Sel gris.

While a departure from George Jessel and Fernand Petoit’s original “Red Snapper” and ” Bloody Mary” and a far-cry from Calgary’s beloved home-town hero the “Caesar,” it works for me and I guess that’s the point my old bar manager was trying to drive home. So, if you’re like me and have no love for the Caesar, or just want to try something new, I highly recommend you give this variation a spin, it is tomato season after all. Oh, and if you are going to order a Caesar? Don’t do it past 10 pm…just…don’t…

Killer Tomato

  • 1oz Vodka
  • 1oz Cointreau
  • 0.25 ounce Balsamico
  • 4 muddled Sungold tomatoes
  • 3 ounces of Lemonade
  • Shaken over Ice, Double-Strained into coupe glass rimmed with crushed szechuan peppercorns and sel gris

~ GJ

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Tom Fakes August 24, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Hey! That’s my wife’s favorite Gerry Jobe cocktail!

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