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'World’s first' peat-smoked tomato juice launches - and it's ideal for homemade Bloody Marys

The distinct flavour of Islay peat has been infused into this new tomato juice.

Published: June 17, 2020
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Brunch fans can create a Bloody Mary to enjoy at home with this new, peat-smoked tomato juice.

Tongue in Peat smoked tomato juice has been slowly infused with Islay peat smoke to create a rich flavour.

Designed to be the ultimate Bloody Mary mixer, the peat-smoked tomato juice is hand-crafted in Scotland by a team of less than twelve people.

Peat from Islay, which is usually used in the production of the famous island whiskies,  is used to make the juice as it has a distinctive characteristic due to the landscape in which is it created.

The peat, smoky by nature, grows underground and absorbs the sea salt notes from the atmosphere on Islay, which is situated on the west coast of Scotland.

How it is made?

Using a smokery to extract maximum flavour, the dried peat is infused into fresh, seasonal tomatoes to give them a sweet, smoky and salty taste.

These peat-smoked tomatoes are then blended and hand-bottled by Scottish drinks agency, The Start Up Drinks Lab.

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Hannah Fisher, creator of Tongue in Peat, said; “I’ve always loved the influence of peat smoke in single malt whisky and being a huge fan of Bloody Mary’s, I have been looking for ways to combine the two.

"After several bartenders heard what I was doing, they asked me to make batches for their bars and it went from there”.

“After lots of experiments at home to find the right length of smoke time and the best region of peat to use, we finally landed on the recipe for Tongue in Peat that delivered the smoky, flavoursome punch we were looking for.

"Each batch tastes slightly different as we only use tomatoes which are in season so we label each of our batches to help our drinkers spot the subtle variations per batch”.

Tongue In Peat tomato juice is suited to those who love Bloody Mary cocktails and smoky foods and is available to buy now in 250ml or 500ml glass bottles from selected online retailers as well as from Paisley Drinks Company and Craft 56.

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Tongue In Peat’s Smoky Mary Recipe

Ingredients

50ml vodka
6 drops Tabasco
8 drops Worcestershire sauce
1 pinch celery salt
1 tsp horseradish
2 tsp fresh lime juice

Method
Rub a wedge of lemon along the rim of your glass, then coat with black pepper.

Add the vodka, Tabasco, Worcestershire sauce, salt, horseradish and lime juice before topping up with Tongue in Peat Smoked Tomato Juice.

Fill the glass with ice then stir, and garnish with a wedge of lemon and celery stick.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related.

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