Gazpacho is a wonderful thing. It takes that whole idea of turning on burners, and ovens and throws it straight into the trash. I made Gazpacho Verde. Its like Regular gazpacho’s’ bitchin’ cousin. It takes the tyranny of a hot day and makes it a non issue. With easy (and cheaper) substitutions. One thing that you might want to take heed on, is the jalapenos. 3 adds a tasty zing to the flavor . 6 adds makes it into a small oral inferno. However, letting those additional jalapenos think about their behavior in the fridge overnight, really mellows them out into a a considerate level of spice that most people (meaning me, the spicy weenie) can handle.
The gazpacho verde has spawned something though. I have a pension for adding alcohol to things. I thought that adding vodka would make an excellent drink. I call it a Vulcan Mary. Its got spice, a touch of sweet, a little sour, and has a wonderful combination of refreshing and please make the hangover go away.
1 lb tomatillos
1 honey dew melon
1 green pepper
1 white onion
4 cloves of garlic
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup vinegar
1/2 cup sparkling water
1 cup chopped parsley
1 tsp salt
Take all of these lovely ingredients, chop them up into small pieces, and place them into a blender to puree. The smaller you make the pieces, the more you can fit into your blender. Pour the puree into a mesh sieve, and allow it to sit over a bowl for 30 minutes to an hour. (overnight if you’re letting the ingredients settle).
I feel like gazpacho is a personal food. Its like eggs, or mash potatoes, or spaghetti. No one can make it just the way you like it. some people like it thick, some like it thin. Others like it rich and creamy or even chunky. I always save about 1 cup of the blended ingredients to add to the gazpacho. The other thing I do, is set aside some greek yogurt. A tablespoon thickens and adds a very rich flavor to the gazpacho.
Now, onto the the Star trek themed drink. For those of you who aren’t super awesome, Vulcans bleed green … as long as you make an arterial cut…. Hence the extra special name, the vulcan bloody mary. Simply take the gazpacho sans any pulp or greek yogurt, add that to a shot or 2 of vodka and some sparkling water, with a celery and a lime wedge to garnish, and enjoy.