Grills are known universally as a way to amp up flavour and lock in tasty juices…

But could the same grill that makes the perfect steak help you perfect your Bloody Mary too? We take a look…

What’s suitable?

While it wouldn’t work for every cocktail on the menu, drinks that feature veggie and fruit blends, chunks of citrus or water-dense firm fruits like pineapple, can indeed benefit from a little quick heating before use. It helps activate the flavour, enhances the taste, and softens the pulp to make it smooth and creamy. Think drinks like the Bloody Mary and Mai Tai if you’d like to try it.

How do you do it?

Traditional veggie grilling won’t quite do it, though, as the oil you’d normally brush onto the veggies will then end up in your drink – yuck! Rather make sure your grill is super-clean, and then coat the grill lightly in oil. Make sure it’s hot, and lightly grill your tomatoes or fruit. When done, allow to cool – and be sure to save any juices, too. Pop it all in the blender, and you’re ready to get mixing.

Grilling your fruit or veggies before adding to the cocktail can add extra depth and ambience to the taste, so why not give it a try?

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