Retro Tea Party: Tomato Juice Cocktail

The ad says "When 35-23-35 is a goal..." Wow! I'm going to start drinking more tomato juice! :)

This tomato juice is best when homemade. Unfortunately we have to be careful about the tomatoes we eat. Unless you know where your tomatoes come from, don’t make your own juice. Start with bottled juice instead of freshly made.

It isn’t difficult to make your own tomato juice. Start with about 8 pounds of ripe tomatoes, quartered. Add 1 large onion, sliced, 3 celery ribs, chopped and 3 carrots, chopped. Cook the vegetables until they are soft and mushy, about 45 minutes. Put the mixture through a food mill and you’ll have tomato juice.

Put the tomatoes back in the pan and add:
½ cup finely chopped basil
¼ cup lemon juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon hot pepper sauce

Bring back to a boil. Remove from heat and cool the pan of juice in a sink full of cold water. When cool enough, transfer to a pitcher and refrigerate until completely chilled. Garnish small glasses of juice with lemon or lime slices. Vodka can be added to the juice; use your own judgment about how much to use. Makes about 2 ½ quarts.