Vodka Tomatoes

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Hey, these can make your Christmas merry and bright, or any other day of the year.  We chose to marinate cherry tomatoes for this party but consider cantaloupe cubes, cucumber slices, or watermelon balls.  This takes care of the Vegans among you.

  • 3 pints of bright red cherry or grape tomatoes.
  • 1/2 cup of vodka
  • 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of granulated white sugar or a substitute
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon zest, freshly grated
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh basil, finely minced

Make a X on the bottom of each tomato, barely cutting through the skin and plunge the whole lot into a pot of boiling water for not more than three seconds.  Remove with a strainer and plunge them into an ice bath of chilled water.  Drain on a towel and add to the marinade composed of the remaining ingredients, making sure the sugar is dissolved.  Be certain to cover the tomatoes completely and refrigerate for an hour.   Serve with a smoked salt or lemon pepper. 

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