Earlier on this year my youngest daughter and I were inventing a Dragon’s Breath Shooter. My original idea was to use jalapeño peppers, limes and tomato juice.
The Dragon’s Breath Shooter title was given to the best drink of a series of 5 choices, one tomato based and the rest fruit based, all with habanero pepper jelly as the heat. The tomato based concoction did not pass the muster for the halloween inspired shooters I was going for, as my sister-in-law turned her nose up at the smell. “Like spaghetti sauce” was my nieces comment, but she enjoyed the taste and asked me to keep the recipe.
So, on behalf of Dante, and with a name that speaks to the flavours, I present…
Dante’s Gazpacho Shooters
- 1/2 lime juice
- 1 tsp red habanero jelly
- 1/2 tsp black pepper simple syrup
- 1/2 garlic clove sliced
- 1/2 baby sweet red pepper (about 2 oz)
- 2 oz tomato juice
Serving Size: 2 shots
Put first four ingredients into cocktail glass and muddle well. Add tomato juice and a few ice cubes. Shake well to blend flavours. Pour into two garlic pepper rimmed shot glasses.
Garlic Pepper Rimmer
1 part garlic and herb sea salt – ground
1 part fresh ground pepper
Mix on plate, line rim of shot glasses with lime juice and dip in Rimmer mix.
While I am not a big fan of caesars, due to the degree of spice and Clamato, I have always loved tomato juice and becoming more enamoured with tomato juice based drinks.
Kid-o-metre 1/5 Nope. Nope. Yep. Teens maybe, otherwise not a hit.
Taste: 4/5 the pepper dimmer does give it a bite, the drink itself is very fresh tasting.
Simplicity: 4/5 One special syrup to make, one easy Rimmer to dash together.
Ingredient finding: 5/5