In honor of National Martini Day, here’s a fun and savory recipe for a Shrimp Cocktail Martini by Gina Chersevani from Fine Cooking.  Cheers!

SHRIMP COCKTAIL MARTINI

For the Pickled Shrimp and Tomatoes

2 cups cherry tomatoes
1-1/2 cups Champagne vinegar
5 Tbs. granulated sugar
4 large sprigs fresh thyme
1 Tbs. prepared horseradish
1 Tbs. coriander seeds
1 Tbs. crushed red pepper flakes
1 medium lemon, peel and white pith removed, sliced crosswise into 6 pieces
Kosher salt
1 lb. extra-large shrimp (26 to 30 per lb., preferably wild-caught), peeled and deveined with tails left intact

1. Bring a 4-quart saucepan of water to a boil over high heat. Have ready a large bowl of ice water.

2. Score the bottom of each tomato with a small X. Blanch the tomatoes in the boiling water until you see the skin near the scoring lift, 30 to 60 seconds. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the tomatoes to the ice water to cool. Remove the tomatoes from the ice water and peel. Reserve the ice water, adding more ice if the first batch has melted.

3. In a 2- to 3-quart saucepan, bring 1-1/2 cups water and the vinegar, sugar, thyme, horseradish, coriander, pepper flakes, lemon, and 1/2 tsp. salt to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to a bare simmer. Add the shrimp first, then the peeled tomatoes. Cook, stirring constantly, until the shrimp are pink and just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Plunge the bottom of the saucepan into the ice water and let sit, stirring constantly, until the shrimp are cool enough to touch, about 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a container and refrigerate, uncovered, until cold, about 2 hours. Cover.

For the Cocktails

12 fl. oz. gin (1-1/2 cups)
6 fl. oz. dry vermouth (3/4 cup)

1. Strain the shrimp and tomato mixture through a medium-mesh sieve set over a 1-quart measuring cup.

2. For each cocktail, fill a mixing glass three-quarters full with ice. Add 2 fl. oz. (1/4 cup) gin, 1 fl. oz. (2 Tbs.) vermouth, and 4 fl. oz. (1/2 cup) of the shrimp pickling liquid. With a long-handled spoon, stir until well chilled, 25 to 30 rotations. Strain into a chilled martini glass. Skewer 1 pickled shrimp and 1 tomato on a toothpick and add it to the drink. Repeat to make 5 more drinks.

Make Ahead Tips

The pickled shrimp and tomatoes can be prepared up to 5 days ahead. Refrigerate them in their pickling liquid, covered.

Photo by Scott Phillips

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