Maria Sin Sangre

- 6 cherry tomatoes

- 6 basil leaves

- 1/2 ounce simple syrup

- 2 ounces blanco tequila (I recommend El Tesoro)

- 1/2 ounce dry sherry (I recommend Williams & Humbert medium-dry)

- 1/2 ounce lemon juice

- Pinch salt and pepper

- Garnish

- 1 cherry tomato and 1 basil leaf
In the bottom of a shaker, muddle the tomatoes and basil in the simple syrup. Add the tequila, sherry, lemon juice, salt, and pepper and shake with ice until chilled. Doublestrain through a fine-mesh sieve into a coupe glass.

To create the garnish, pierce a small hole in the top of the tomato and insert the stem of the basil leaf like a flag. Make a slit in the bottom of the tomato and perch the tomato on the rim of the glass.

Pro Tip:
To make this drink in larger yields, pulse the tomatoes and basil in a food processor five or six times, then strain through a fine-mesh sieve or a piece of cheesecloth and discard the solids.