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Tasty food and drinks made with fresh cherry tomatoes on Coast Live

Posted at 11:32 AM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-22 11:35:06-04

HAMPTON ROADS, Va. - Chef Patrick Evans Hylton shows us how use cherry tomatoes to make a refreshing salad and drink.



Our Cheery Cherry Tomatotini uses farm fresh cherry tomatoes which we craft into an ice box pickle.

The drink is more than a martini, but not quite a bloody mary. It is crisp, light, and perfect for early summer. We make ours with vodka from Norfolk’s Reverend Spirits by RD Wilhelm Distillery. We further embellish the drink with a sassy rim and a garnish of our Ice Box Pickled Cherry Tomatoes.

Here’s how we make both:


Wash and pat dry 2 pints cherry tomatoes. Lay out on a baking sheet, and, using a skewer, pierce each tomato all the way through and set aside. In a 32-ounce (quart size), sealable, sterilized glass jar, add the 2-3 fresh rosemary sprigs, about 2-3 inches long, cut in half, 4 cloves garlic, minced, 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns. Pack in the tomatoes.

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the 2 cups apple cider vinegar, 2 cups water, 1/4 cups coarse salt, 1/4 cups sugar, and zest of one lemon and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until sugar and salt have dissolved, about 3-5 minutes. Pour the brine over the top of the tomatoes, leaving one inch of space at the top of the jar. You may have some liquid left; add any lemon zest still in the saucepan. Tap the jar on the countertop to remove any air bubbles and seal. Allow to cool to room temperature and refrigerate up to 48 hours before use. Store refrigerated up to 2 months.

If you’d like more ideas on how to use the Ice Box Pickled Cherry Tomatoes, email me at with “Pickled Cherry Tomatoes” as the subject


In a cocktail glass, add 4-5 Ice Box Pickled Cherry Tomatoes and muddle, extracting as much juice as possible. Strain into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and add 3 ounces vodka, 1/2 teaspoon dry vermouth, and 1/4 teaspoon brine from pickled cherry tomatoes. Shake and strain into a martini or rocks glass rimmed with a sassy seasoning mix. Yields one drink

If you’d like instructions on how to make the sassy rim on the cocktail glass from today’s segment, email me at with “Sassy Tomatotini Glass” as the subject

Vodka comes from Reverend Spirits by RD Wilhelm Distillery,


A chilled pasta salad is a delightful way to beat summer heat. Our Caprese Pasta Salad is a riff on a classic Italian dish

Al dente pasta is tossed in olive oil and herbs to start, then fresh mozzarella is cut and tossed in along with torn fresh basil. Our Ice Box Pickled Cherry Tomatoes - recipe above - are added to complete the dish

Some ingredients comes from The Fresh Market,


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