The Caprese Cocktail
“In the past few years cocktails have gone from sweet to savory, from bitter to briny,” Af&co and Carbonate said as they declared the Caprese Martini the “Drink of the Year” for 2024. It’s part of a broader tend toward “culinary cocktails,” which use ingredients and techniques from the kitchen.
“While these can steer toward the whimsical or downright whacky, the Caprese Martini is a thoughtful rendition, honoring the flavors and characteristics of its namesake [a salad of tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella cheese, and olive oil], but offering the bright flavors of tomato and basil as if the Martini went for a walk through the late-summer vegetable garden.”
Pictured is the Heirloom Martini from Rollati in San Jose, Calif. It’s made with olive oil washed vodka, heirloom tomato water, basil, and white balsamic vinegar.
Other examples of the Caprese Martini are at Jac’s on Bond in New York City, made of basil, olive oil, tomato-infused vodka and balsamic vinegar, and at Casaléna in Woodland Hills, Calif., where it’s made with gin, tomato, basil, vermouth, and tomato celery bitters.