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    Monday, December 20, 2010

    What to Do with Tomatoes and Vodka -Well, Make Vodka for Bloody Marys

    Merry Christmas Everyone

    Looking for something to make and also you could give this as a present.
    Tomato Infused Vodka… accompanied by your own homemade tomato juice.
    By the way these are the ingredients for a superb Bloody Mary.
    Bloody Marys for me, really have be drunk pre-noon, with brunch or pre-lunch. I sampled this cocktail last night, pre-dinner. It tasted fabulous, but its just not right at that time of day
    But enough of this frivolity.

    Take 1 litre bottle of Vodka (you don’t have to Top Shelf on this but no Kerosene please)
    750 gms good ripe tomatoes
    2 x 1 litre preserving jar

    Just cut up the tomatoes into wedges
    Divide between the 2 jars
    Top up with VodkaScrew on lid
    Quick shake and just leave for 5-7 days.
    Strain and re-bottle.

    You can chill this down and have as a shot, with a drop of Tabasco
    Or turn it into this excellent Bloody Mary.

    Couple of hints I discovered this recipe on Alton Browns Good Eats TV programme.
    I used the Habanera Tabasco, it really has a kick so be careful, how much you put in.
    2 teaspoons of that were quite powerful
    I like spicy but not rip the roof of your mouth off.
    Also I still think a perfect BM has celery salt in it. So I added that.

    750gms cherry tomatoes
    2 teaspoon Tabasco
    3 teaspoon lemon juice
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    Good shake celery salt

    Throw everything into the blender
    Whiz away for at least, 1 minute 30 seconds
    Either use straight away, or you can store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks.
    Actually another use for this divine juice is mix it with Mayo and makes a great dip for seafood or even a potato salad.
    Here's a Handy Hint for keeping Fresh Herbs
    Pick your Herbs from the Garden, when they are very dry. Not wet... AT ALL.

    Place them into little Ziplock Bags. Gently squash all of the air out and they will keep up to 3 weeks.
    For hard herbs Do the same and pop them into the freezer.
    Really works.
    Pictured above... they had been in the fridge for over 2 weeks and good as new.

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