August is by far the hottest month of the year in Bermuda. The beginning of the month is marked by the annual Cup Match holiday when Bermudians celebrate in style. The whole island slows down after that, suffering it seems with somewhat of a collective hang over. If your holiday got a bit too rowdy, here are two recipes that we believe to be Cup Match Cures.
Don’t get testy St. George’s fans, the red of the tomato has nothing to do with it, and everything to do with tomatoes being 90% water and high in vitamin C and lycopene. When my family gathers to lick our Cup Match wounds, it is with my father’s infamous Bloody Mary in hand. Tangy, spicy, and substantial both in texture and flavour, Dad’s Bloodies are a definite cure-all. Because he only ‘eyeballs’ the ingredients, I persuaded him to measure out his famous mix for the first time ever. If you’re feeling extra lazy, the optional extra at the bottom allows you to mix the two recipes, creating a Bloody Mary Gazpacho.
Tom’s Bloody Mary
32 oz of V8
8 oz of vodka
1 tbsp of lemon juice
1tbsp of Worchester
1 tsp of celery seed
3 shakes of Tabasco
Salt and Pepper to taste
Bermuda Tomato Gazpacho
• 1 pound chopped Bermuda tomatoes (3 big or 5 medium)
• 1 cucumber peeled and chopped
• 1 medium red pepper, seeds removed
• 1 garlic clove (press before blending)
• 1/4 cup chopped Bermuda onion
• 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
• 2 cups tomato juice
• 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
• 1/2 teaspoon salt and black pepper, to taste
• Red pepper flakes, or Sherry Peppers, to taste.
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Parsley
1. Add tomatoes, cucumber, pepper, garlic clove, onion, lime juice, and tomato juice into a blender and blend until smooth. If your blender is small, I suggest doing it in batches.
2. Now slowly add vinegar, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes/ Sherry Peppers and parsley.
3. Chill for 2-4 hours, or overnight.
To make a Bloody Mary Gazpacho add:
1 cup of vodka
2tsp of dry mustard
4 tbsp lime juice
1 tsp celery salt