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End of Summer Cocktail: Tomato Kiss

Seasonal and Savory, Jeff Hollinger's Tribute to Summer
Tomato Kiss

Jeff Hollinger has been interested in food and drink for as long as he can remember. After graduating from San Francisco State University, he enrolled in classes at the California Culinary Academy and found himself on a path that would enable him to pursue his life-long love affair with gourmet cuisine and drinks. His relentless research into turn-of-the-century San Francisco and historic saloons is reflected in the classically driven cocktail menu highlighting favorites such as the Negroni and Manhattan. Of the Tomato Kiss, he says, “I love this cocktail because it combines the best savory elements of the season into a delicious and refreshing cocktail. It’s a great twist on the traditional margarita.”

Tomato Kiss

3-4 “Sweet 100” tomatoes, halved
10 to 12 cilantro leaves
1/8 tps kosher salt
1 slice habanero chile (optional)
1 ½ oz silver Tequila
¼ oz Cointreau
¼ oz fresh lime juice

Muddle the tomatoes, cilantro, and slat into a paste in a mixing glass. Top with ice and add the chile (if desired), tequila, Cointreau, and lime juice. Shake vigorously and strain into a salt-rimmed cocktail glass. (For a “cleaner” presentation, this drink can be strained through a fine-mesh sieve.)


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