|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 0g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 11g||4%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|Total Sugars 7g|
|Vitamin C 97mg||486%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
If you are a Bloody Mary fan, you have to give the Central Park a try. This tomato juice highball doesn't have the spice of the more famous drink. Instead, it has a mellow, flavorful aspect in which the tomato and touch of cayenne are accented with New Amsterdam Gin and vanilla extract. Yes, you read that correctly: vanilla. It doesn't sound quite right but the result is refreshing and adds a touch of sweetness.
This recipe is actually closer to one of the original Bloody Mary recipes, which reportedly used gin or whiskey as the base. Don't knock it until you try it, either! Gin, just like the tequila in a Bloody Maria, makes a great foundation for the tomato juice, adding extra flavor that vodka simply cannot bring to the mix.
2 ounces gin
4 ounces tomato juice
1 ounce lime juice
3 drops vanilla extract
1 pinch cayenne pepper
Cherry tomato, for garnish
Gather the ingredients.
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the gin, tomato and lime juices, vanilla extract, and cayenne pepper.
Pour everything (including the ice) into a highball glass.
Garnish with a cherry tomato. Serve and enjoy.
- Typically, the ice used in the cocktail shaker is strained out when pouring the drink into a glass, but no so in this recipe. That slightly broken down ice helps make the thicker tomato juice a little more palatable. Use fresh ice and strain the drink if you like.
- Don't overdo it on the vanilla extract. Just a little bit will do and the amount in this recipe should be well under a teaspoon.
- Add more cayenne pepper if you would like to make the drink a little spicier. Avoid the hot sauces found in the Bloody Mary, though; this is not designed to be a super spicy cocktail.
- If you have fresh tomatoes on hand, make your Central Park with fresh juice. You can use an electric juicer or blender. Another option is to mash tomato chunks with your muddler, straining out the pieces of tomato. Try not to use a wood muddler because the tomato will stain it.
- Cherry tomatoes can make an excellent juice as well, though you'll need a lot of them. If you go this route, muddle the fruits in the bottom of your shaker and strain the drink into the serving glass over fresh ice.
- Just like the Green Bloody Mary, the Central Park is rather tasty with a green vegetable juice.
How Strong Is a Central Park?
As with most tomato juice cocktails, the Central Park is a casual drink that is light on the alcohol. On average, this drink weighs in at just 10 percent ABV (20 proof), making it lighter than most wines.