While living in Portland, Oregon years ago I knew a waiter who drank tomato juice and beer in the morning. I think she thought everybody did. She was from Canada. It was a new one on me. I did try it once however and it was good. Who would think tomato and beer? But we eat tomato pizza and beer. The acid from the tomato and the yeast from the beer team up nicely. Although I didn’t become a regular user, I also didn’t forget it, since it was novel to me.
So now here comes my experiment in the kitchen with tomato juice and beer. What can I do with these two ingredients to make them shine – together?
I used 4 ingredients:
1 can Bush Beer, chilled
V-8 Vegetable Juice, chilled
Go Veggie Vegan Parmesan cheese in a shaker
2-3 grape tomatoes with toothpicks
Using a tall glass filled (not over-filled) with ice, pour 1/2 beer and then 1/2 tomato juice about 3/4 inch from the top.
Sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top and watch it foam up just a bit.
Skewer a couple of grape tomatoes with a long toothpick and place over the top of the glass.
Just like that, so easy to make and easier to drink!
Notes: Go Veggie parmesan is a finer grain (almost powdery) than Follow Your Heart parmesan and works better with this cocktail because of it. The fine texture is what allows it to bubble up almost as if it had been broiled. I guess you could call it a “cold broil” effect.