Gotham Mary

Gotham Mary
The essential cold summer soup from Spain, gazpacho is made with fresh tomatoes, peppers, and country bread soaked in olive oil.

Photo Sasabune Omakase Modified: Flickr/erin/CC 4.0

 Gazpacho is a Spanish classic, best made when juicy tomatoes are in season.

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

Kosher salt

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.  

Ham Shopping Tip

Bone-in cuts tend to be slightly less expensive than their boneless counterparts, and have more flavor.

Ham Cooking Tip

According to the USDA, the recommended internal temperature for cooked pork should be 145 degrees Fahrenheit.