Last Call for 5 O’ Clock Friday: The Tomato Kiss

Tomato Kiss (1)In need of a summer cocktail to serve at your next get together?  With fresh Sweet 100 tomatoes the Tomato Kiss from Absinthe Brasserie and Bar’s Jeff Hollinger in San Francisco will be your go-to and have guests raving!  Cheers!!!

Tomato Kiss

3 to 4 'Sweet 100' tomatoes, halved
10 to 12 cilantro leaves
1/3 teaspoon kosher salt
1 slice habanero chile
1 ½ ounces silver tequila
¼ ounce Cointreau
¼ ounce fresh lime juice
2 'Sweet 100' tomatoes, skewered for garnish (optional)

In a mixing glass, muddle the tomatoes, cilantro, and salt into a paste. Top with ice and add the chile (if desired), tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Shake until cold and strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass. For a "cleaner" presentation, this drink can be strained through a fine-mesh sieve.