Episode 26: Mishna Wolff, Bloody Mary, and Gourmet Coal

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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.