Sunday, August 14, 2011
One of the true treasures of summer in Ohio is tomatoes. In August one tends to almost overdose on them to make up for the dearth of a good tasting tomato once late fall and winter arrives. Yesterday I picked a good number of cherry tomatoes and then friends dropped by with a huge bag of full sized ones from their garden. Pictured above is the result of a few minutes of work - the best local Bloody Mary in the world, made with fresh tomato juice.
We filled the blender with tomatoes, threw in some Worcestershire Sauce, hot sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper and punched the 'liquify' button. After a minute we passed the resulting liquid through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds and skins. We let the mixture settle for an hour.
This was as fresh and local a Bloody Mary as is possible. The tomatoes were grown locally. The vodka was distilled about fifteen minutes from here and the basil used for the garnish was grown in a huge pot by the patio. We don't do lemons in Ohio and there's no substitute for Worcestershire Sauce so those items remain non local.