This week: Humorist Mishna Wolff talks about living in black and white… We sip a bloody mary that’s clearly insane… And Rico learns about the gourmet coal standard.
A History lesson with Booze: “The Tomato Water Bloody Mary”
On July 2nd 1881, one Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield. But it wasn’t like Guiteau’s life was full of normalcy preceding that murderous act; a delusional megolomaniac, he was also at various times a corrupt lawyer, a writer of plagiarized religious tomes and the member of a free-love cult. We commemmorate this most insane assassin with a most insane beverage: A clear — yes, clear — bloody mary.
The Tomato Water Bloody Mary As created by Todd Thrasher of Restaurant Eve in Alexandria, VA:
Fill highball glass with ice. Add:
- 4 ounces tomato water (Recipe Below)
- 1 ½ ounces of vodka
Stir well, garnish with cherry tomato. Momentarily think you’ve gone plumb raving mad.
In food processor combine:
- 4 large beefsteak tomatoes cut into chunks
- ½ Serrano chili
- ¼ red onion.
- 3-inch piece of lemon grass, coarsely chopped
- pinch of sugar
- large pinch of salt.
Puree until smooth. Pour into cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a bowl, and refrigerate overnight. Discard the pulp.
Squeeze the juice of a quartered lemon, lime and orange thru another piece of cheesecloth (to eliminate pulp) and into the clear tomato water. Makes around 20 ounces.