A few years back, Chef Jose Garces, developed 10 “globally-inspired” Mary recipes for Renaissance Hotels and the Gotham Mary is a clear, golden-hued beauty dedicated to one of New York City’s most iconic foods: the everything bagel. We think it’s the Bloody Mary to serve for breakfast/brunch with your favorite bagel, lox, and cream cheese — but forget about a sliced tomato: there’s tomato water for that. Trust us, the savory, nutty flavors of sesame seeds and poppy seeds on the rim of the glass will clinch it.
2 ounces Prohibition Distillery Bootlegger 21 Vodka, or another New York vodka
1 ounce spiced tomato water
3 dashes The Bitter Truth celery bitters
Poppy and sesame seeds, mixed
Spiced Tomato Water:
4 pounds red ripe tomatoes
1 small white onion
4 cloves garlic
First, make the spiced tomato water. Core and quarter 4 pounds of ripe red tomatoes. Toss tomatoes with kosher salt. Process the tomatoes in a food processor along with the chopped onion and garlic cloves, until it becomes a rough puree. Strain the mixture through a large strainer wrapped in cheesecloth. (Refrigerate while the mixture strains; this is a slow process and may take up to 24 hours.)
For the cocktail, add vodka, spiced tomato water and bitters to a mixing glass. Add ice and stir until chilled. Garnish 1/2 of martini glass with a mixture of poppy and sesame seeds. Strain cocktail into martini glass and serve.