Original Cocktail: San Francisco Summer
It's finally tomato season in Bay Area gardens! We're just getting some ripe ones here in Berkeley -- and yes, it is August. That means Summer is just about to start in the Bay. This cocktail is actually a simplified riff on the Victory Garden, a similar cocktail that I created for the Revival Bar + Kitchen menu in 2012. This version involves less muddling and just a touch of easy prep for the tomato water. Check out my video on how to make tomato water here!
San Francisco Summer
1.75 oz blanco tequila (I used Cimarron)
1 oz tomato water
.5 oz fresh lemon juice (or .75 oz Meyer lemon juice)
scant .5 oz Yellow Chartreuse
.25 oz agave syrup
a few torn cilantro leaves
Shake all ingredients including cilantro with ice until cold and diluted, about 20-30 seconds, double strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
If you don't like cilantro, you can leave it out, but I personally think it completes the cocktail.