Vodka cherry tomatoes with iced vodka shots

Vodka cherry tomatoes with iced vodka shots
  • Serves icon Serves 6
  • Time icon Takes 20 minutes to make, plus 2-3 days’ macerating and chilling

The vodka cherry tomatoes with iced vodka shots make a fantastic appetiser when served with crusty bread and pieces of good mature cheddar cheese.

Ingredients

  • 250g cherry tomatoes
  • 600ml vodka
  • 6 whole peppercorns
  • 1 long red chilli, split lengthways
  • 1 tsp celery salt
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced

Method

  1. Prick each tomato all over with a cocktail stick and place in a 1-litre sterilised jar with a tight-fitting lid. Pour over the vodka, then add the peppercorns, chilli, celery salt and lemon slices. Seal, gently shake the jar and set aside in a cool place for 2-3 days. Shake the jar every now and then.
  2. On the day of serving, strain the soaked tomatoes through a fine sieve over a measuring jug. Reserve the spiced vodka and chill it for 1 hour. Transfer the soaked tomatoes to a serving bowl, discarding the peppercorns, chilli and lemon slices. Cover and set aside at room temperature until ready to serve.
  3. Meanwhile, place 6 shot glasses in the freezer for 30 minutes to chill.
  4. Divide the chilled vodka between the shot glasses and serve with the vodka tomatoes.

delicious. tips

  1. Any leftover spiced vodka will keep in a sterilised jar in the fridge for up to 1 month, and doubles as the perfect base for a Bloody Mary.

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