Monday, April 11, 2011

Caprese Martini

Beth Anne (Ty's Mommy) of The Seventh Level of Boredom is back and she brought one of my favorite things about cocktail form.  Head on over to her place to read the full post, but check out this amazing drink before you go. Gotta love this girl....
Caprese Martini
adapted from Food Network Magazine and brought to us by The Seventh Level of Boredom

1 pound tomatoes, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 1/2 cups vodka (half of a 750-ml bottle)
Kosher salt
16 grape tomatoes
2 cups balsamic vinegar
1/2 bunch basil
8 small mozzarella balls (bocconcini) – we used the little baby “pearls” and wrapped them in basil leaves
We also added a dash of lemon juice

Put the tomato slices in a large glass container or pitcher. Add the vodka (make sure it covers the tomatoes) and a pinch of salt; let infuse 6 to 12 hours at room temperature. Strain the vodka, then chill until ready to serve.

Meanwhile, prick the grape tomatoes with a skewer; toss with the balsamic vinegar in a bowl and marinate 4 hours at room temperature.

Drain the grape tomatoes, reserving the vinegar. Bring the vinegar to a boil in a nonreactive saucepan over medium heat. Reduce the heat and simmer until syrupy, about 20 minutes; let cool.

For each drink, drizzle some of the balsamic syrup into the bottom of a chilled martini glass. Muddle 2 to 3 basil leaves with a splash of tomato-infused vodka in a cocktail shaker. Add another 1 1/2 ounces tomato-infused vodka and 1 cup ice; shake and strain into the glass. Skewer 2 marinated grape tomatoes, 2 basil leaves and a mozzarella ball on a cocktail pick and set in the martini.

Thanks Beth Anne...for not inviting me over. Sheesh ☺. 


girlichef said...

I want one right this very minute...for lunch! ;) Thanks for sharing it w/ us.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Wow Wow Wow! What an amazing flavour experience this would be!!
Exceptional concoction!

Ty'sMommy said...

Thanks, ladies! We had fun with this one!

Danielle said...

What a fun drink! I sure could use one of those right about now :)