Spicy Tomatini (Tomato Martini) Recipe

Making cocktails follow classic mixology recipes of tried and true favorites, and others try something entirely new. Tasting Table recipe developer Katie Rosenhouse shares this spicy tomatini recipe, a.k.a. the tomato martini, that you didn't know you needed in your life. It features sweet cherry tomatoes and a kick of hot sauce, and it comes together as a delightful, salmon hue in your glass. Whereas a Bloody Mary features tomato juice, this tomatini is subtler, highlighting everything you love about tomatoes with more finesse.

"I love that this spicy tomatini is so nicely balanced, with a good kick from chile flakes and hot sauce, acidity from fresh cherry tomatoes and lime juice, a healthy dose of vodka, and simple syrup to mellow it all out," Rosenhouse says. "A touch of salt in the drink and on the rim wakes up your palate and enhances the overall flavor." If you're looking for a way to switch up your cocktail game, this is easy, unexpected, and sure to be a hit. 

You can mix the drinks ahead of time if you're hosting a party and store the blend in the fridge up to a day, but wait to shake in the egg white and ice until serving. Snacks are a great way to tame the effects of alcohol, and Rosenhouse suggests accompanying your tomatini with tasty bites, such as "shrimp cocktail, guacamole and chips, stuffed jalapeños, a cheese platter, or crudités and hummus."

Gather the ingredients for this spicy tomatini recipe

For this recipe, you'll need kosher salt, chile flakes, cherry tomatoes, fresh lime, simple syrup, vodka, hot sauce, and ice. If desired, you can add a large egg white to increase the frothiness.

Step 1: Combine the salt and chile

On a rimmed plate, stir to combine the salt and chile flakes.

Step 2: Rub lime on the glass rim

Cut the lime in half and rub one half gently around part of the rim of two martini or coupe glasses

Step 3: Coat the rim with spicy salt

Dip each glass into the salt mixture; set aside.

Step 4: Muddle tomatoes

In a shaker, muddle 6 cherry tomatoes, reserving 2 tomatoes for garnishing the drink.

Step 5: Add lime juice

Squeeze in the juice of the lime.

Step 6: Season

Add a generous pinch of the salt mixture.

Step 7: Add the liquid ingredients

Add the simple syrup, vodka, hot sauce, and the egg white (if using).

Step 8: Add ice

Add ice.

Step 9: Shake

Cover and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds, or until a layer of frost coats the shaker.

Step 10: Strain the drinks

Strain evenly into the prepared glasses.

Step 11: Garnish the drinks

Garnish each glass with a cherry tomato and sprinkle with additional chile salt, if desired.

Step 12: Serve

Serve immediately.

Spicy Tomatini (Tomato Martini) Recipe
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Muddled cherry tomatoes make this a one-of-a-kind vodka martini, and we amp things up further with a dash of hot sauce and a sprinkle of chile-infused salt.
Prep Time
10
minutes
Cook Time
0
minutes
Servings
2
cocktails
tomato martini on table
Total time: 10 minutes
Ingredients
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chile flakes
  • 8 small cherry tomatoes, divided
  • 1 fresh lime
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 4 ounces vodka
  • ⅛ ounce hot sauce
  • 1 cup ice
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 large egg white
Directions
  1. On a rimmed plate, stir to combine the salt and chile flakes.
  2. Cut the lime in half and rub one half gently around part of the rim of two martini or coupe glasses.
  3. Dip each glass into the salt mixture; set aside.
  4. In a shaker, muddle 6 cherry tomatoes, reserving 2 tomatoes for garnishing the drink.
  5. Squeeze in the juice of the lime.
  6. Add a generous pinch of the salt mixture.
  7. Add the simple syrup, vodka, hot sauce, and the egg white (if using).
  8. Add ice.
  9. Cover and shake vigorously for at least 15 seconds, or until a layer of frost coats the shaker.
  10. Strain evenly into the prepared glasses.
  11. Garnish each glass with a cherry tomato and sprinkle with additional chile salt, if desired.
  12. Serve immediately.
Nutrition
Calories per Serving 191
Total Fat 0.3 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 16.4 g
Dietary Fiber 1.8 g
Total Sugars 12.4 g
Sodium 642.6 mg
Protein 0.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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How do I make my own simple syrup?

Simple syrup is an important component of this spicy tomatini and many other cocktails. You can certainly buy a bottle of it, but if you don't have any on hand, it's easy to make and only requires sugar and water. Rosenhouse instructs, "Combine equal parts water and sugar in a small pot, then stir gently and bring to a simmer." You'll want to keep stirring until the sugar granules dissolve, then take the pot off the heat and let it cool down entirely before using it in your cocktail.

Alternatively, you can try our no heat, no fuss simple syrup recipe if you don't feel like getting a pot dirty. Either way, you can expect your homemade simple syrup to last around 1 month in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you notice it being to crystallize, it's time to make a new batch. Once you learn how to make plain simple syrup, you're ready to experiment with infusions and further enhance your cocktail repertoire

How can you change up this tomato martini?

Rosenhouse offers several options for playing around with and enhancing this tomato martini. For starters, she suggests "adding herbs, such as basil or cilantro, when muddling the cherry tomatoes," which is sure to add plenty of fragrance to the drink. You can also swap in lemon juice instead of lime for a citrusy twist. Meanwhile, if you prefer your cocktails on the tarter side, you can use less simple syrup or swap in honey or agave for a slightly different flavor. 

Rosenhouse also recommends "infusing the vodka with jalapeño for a spicy kick in place of the hot sauce," which also opens up the possibilities for plenty of other spicy cocktails. A cucumber garnish provides a bit of a cooling effect to tame the heat. If you're a gin martini kind of person, swap the vodka with gin for a personalized take.