Cherry Bombs

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes: This recipe is inspired by the father of one of my sister's co-workers. He used to go out in the morning with a vodka filled syringe & give a shot to his cherry tomatoes. At the end of the day, he'd go pick his cocktails. Here's to Dieter... - Helen's All Night DinerHelen's All Night Diner

Food52 Review: Helen's All Night Diner gives us an ingenious way to enjoy a fresh and powerful bloody Mary housed in a cherry tomato. By using a syringe to inject a home-brewed fresh horseradish vodka generously laced with black pepper and a little cayenne, the tomato becomes the cocktail. If you get clinical, you can decide just how strong to make each cherry tomato. If you inject 48 tomatoes each with a teaspoon, then you could consume 6 tomatoes would give you 2 tablespoons or one ounce. Depending upon how much vodka you can inject in each tomato, you can calculate your portions. By letting the injected cocktail rest inside the tomato for an hour, these do pack a delicious punch. A very neat and clever recipe! - SagegreenSagegreen

Serves: several


  • 1 cup good quality vodka
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated horseradish
  • 1 3" piece lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
In This Recipe


  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a glass jar, shake to stir. Let sit to infuse for about a week in the fridge, shaking every day. Strain through a fine mesh sieve, store in another clean container.
  2. When ready to make your cocktails, you will need a food grade syringe, the kind you use for marinating fried turkeys and such. Fill the syringe with your infused vodka, carefully pierce each cherry tomato and fill with a bit of the vodka, being careful not to burst them. Let sit for about an hour, then serve - only the the over 21 crowd, please!

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Reviews (9) Questions (0)

9 Reviews

zoemetro U. December 2, 2011
This is beyond brilliant--I am grinning ear -to-ear with anticipation. I can't wait to surprise my guests with these next to the cheese. So much better than vodka-soaked gummy bears. Thank you! Thank you!
boulangere December 1, 2011
How on earth did this get past me? Incredibly clever, and I have a feeling they're fantastic!
Sagegreen August 26, 2011
This is so clever!
ourterngalley August 26, 2011
I just forwarded to Tom - I'm sure he'll be thrilled to see that Dieter's spirit continues to inspire....
Author Comment
Helen's A. August 19, 2011
Thanks folks!
inpatskitchen August 19, 2011
Love this!! How fun!
Author Comment
Helen's A. August 19, 2011
I think gin would be fine! Give it a whirl...
dymnyno August 18, 2011
I love this!!! Why didn't I think of this? (except , of course, I would use gin)
dymnyno August 18, 2011
I love this!!! Why didn't I think of this? (except , of course, I would use gin)