Cocktail recipe: The Mae West from The Library Bar’s Matthew Biancaniello

Tomorrow on Good Food, Laura Avery talks to mixologist Matthew Biancaniello about his seasonal cocktails at the Library Bar at the Roosevelt Hotel.  Matthew is a big fan of Windrose Farm, especially their fresh squeezed heirloom tomato juice.  He’s incorporating the tomato juice into his Mae West cocktail, his house-made sangrita and he recently used it in a beer cocktail for LA Beer Week.  He also takes the whole tomatoes from Windrose, combines them with scallions and peppers to create a gazpacho and allows the mixture to drip for 4 hours, capturing the clear tomato-infused liquid.  He then adds this to champagne in what he calls a Bubbly Mary.

His recipe for the Mae West is below…

The Mae West

(makes 1 cocktail)

1 oz of Hendricks gin

1 oz of Saint Germain

2 oz of heirloom tomato juice

Shake and strain over ice.  Enjoy.