How to Make It
To make the shrub, add the tomatoes, sugar, vinegar and water to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring it to a boil, then mix well and reduce the heat to simmer. Cover, and let the mixture simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain, cool, and refrigerate in an air-tight glass container until ready to use. To mix the drink, add one part tomato shrub with one part mezcal to a glass with a salted rim. Add a handful of ice and a squeeze of lime and garnish with a tomato or lime wedge. ¡Salud!
Why We Like It
There’s a lot more to Cinco de Mayo than Corona and margaritas. In fact, there’s a lot more to Cinco de Mayo than drinking — and we’re not talking tacos — but for our purposes, we’re just going to focus on the drinking. Mix things up this year with the Tomato Ahumado (Spanglish for Smoky Tomato), a cocktail made with a tomato shrub, mezcal and a squeeze of lime. It requires a little stovetop preparation, but this sweet, smoky (and admittedly not at all authentic) Mexican-inspired cocktail is totally worth the work.