We had just finished a Caprese salad for lunch when my girlfriend, Amy Gross, dipped her fork in the leftover sauce on the plate and said, “Why can’t someone come up with a Pesto Martini?” I was speechless. And that sent us down the long, joyous road of cocktail invention on the show.
Amy’s dream would be a vodka and tomato-water cocktail, which involves a time commitment to drain tomatoes for 24 hours. Divine, yes, but we were after something a little faster. So, Alex Province made his pesto. Chris Prosperi and Robyn Doyon-Aitken joined me for tasting, and we hit the mark on the first try. Please, please don’t let summer go by without trying this one!