John's Cocktail: Fresh-Tomato Bloody Johnny

Ditch the Bloody Mary mix and make your own with cherry tomatoes with this recipe from Rach's husband, John Cusimano.
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john's cocktail fresh tomato bloody johnny

Recipe by John Cusimano

  • Makes 2 cocktailsServings


  • 4 cherry tomatoes

  • 4 fresh basil leaves

  • 3/4 lb. very ripe red tomatoes, chopped

  • 4 oz. vodka

  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice

  • 1 oz. fresh lime juice

  • 1 tsp. freshly grated horseradish

  • Worcestershire sauce (about 1 tsp.)

  • Celery salt (about 3/4 tsp.)

  • Hot pepper sauce (about 1/2 tsp.)

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Ice


Wrap each cherry tomato with a basil leaf; divide among 2 toothpicks or small skewers. In a blender, puree the chopped tomatoes, vodka, lemon juice, lime juice, and horseradish. Strain into a 2-cup liquid measuring cup, pressing on the solids to extract the juices. Season with the Worcestershire, celery salt, hot pepper sauce, and pepper. Divide between 2 pint glasses filled with ice. Garnish with the basil-wrapped tomatoes.