Maria sin Sangre

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Forget canned tomato juice—here, fresh, sweet tomatoes make all the difference.

6 cherry tomatoes
6 basil leaves
1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
2 oz. blanco tequila
1/2 oz. dry sherry
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Pinch salt and pepper
Tools: shaker, muddler, strainer, fine strainer
Glass: coupe
Garnish: 1 cherry tomato and 1 basil leaf

In a shaker, gently muddle the tomatoes, basil and simple syrup. Add the tequila, sherry, lemon juice, salt and pepper and shake with ice to chill. Fine-strain into a coupe. For the garnish, pierce a small hole in the top of the tomato and insert the stem of the basil leaf like a flag. Make a slit in the bottom of the tomato and perch the tomato on the rim of the glass.

Tip: To make this drink in larger yields, pulse the tomatoes and basil in a food processor 5 or 6 times, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve or a piece of cheesecloth and discard the solids.

Reprinted with permission from The Craft Cocktail Party by Julie Reiner with Kaitlyn Goalen. Published by Grand Central Publishing Life & Style.