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Gotham Mary


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.