To make Tomato-Olive juice:
a. Bring a medium pot to boil, while having a bowl of ice water next to it. Immerse 4-6 vine ripe tomatoes in hot water for one minute, and shock in ice water. This will make peeling the tomatoes much easier. Peel, slice in half and de-seed. Add to blender.
b. Season tomatoes with celery salt, black pepper, soy sauce, lime and a touch of brown sugar to balance out the flavors. Add ¼ cup California Ripe Green Olives and blend. Add water until mixture is smooth and pourable. Strain through strainer and then strain again through cheesecloth to achieve almost clear, pink color.
c. Reserve in an airtight container or glass bottle until use. This would also make the perfect holiday gift, just add a bottle of vodka and your recipient will be happy to taste your freshly made tomato-olive juice in a variety of drinks!
Shake (or stir) chilled Tomato-Olive juice, vodka, dry vermouth, Sriracha and Wasabi. Pour in Martini glass and garnish with olives strung on a sliver of celery.
Start 2012 with a drink that will entice not only your taste buds, but will get your creative juices following on new ways to use olives, as well as tempting you to recreate classic drinks with a new twist!