Where have you gone, Snap-E-Tom ee-oh?
February 18, 2008 10:38 AM   Subscribe

Snap-E-Tom has disappeared from the major grocers' shelves, at least in SoCal. So I've decided to make my own. Where do I start?

For the uninitiated, Snap-E-Tom is/was a commercial tomato juice/chile 'cocktail'. It's a little spicy, due in large part, I'd guess, to Ortega green chiles that're used as an ingredient.

I don't want to waste too much in the way of 'raw materials' in discovering the secret ratio, so I ask if there is any of the Green hivemind who have worked it out already, or if you have a suggestion as to the quantities with which to start.

I can taste that fresh chelada already. Many thanks!
posted by DandyRandy to Food & Drink (8 answers total)
(If recipe-sleuthing turns unsuccessful, you can actually order the real Snap-E-Tom product by the case from foodservicedirect.com...)
posted by Dizzy at 10:43 AM on February 18, 2008

This says you can make something pretty similar with Trader Joe's Garden Patch veggie juice (very similar to V8, if I remember correctly) and habanero hot sauce.
posted by deadmessenger at 10:54 AM on February 18, 2008

You will need a juicer,a type designed for soft fruits, a Champion Juicer fits the bill.
posted by hortense at 10:56 AM on February 18, 2008

DeadMes, I saw that as well, but there is a BIG difference between habanero peppers and green chiles...
posted by DandyRandy at 11:09 AM on February 18, 2008

have you tried out spicy V8 as an alternative?
posted by estronaut at 11:36 AM on February 18, 2008

Spicy V8 is good in its own way, but it's pricey, and I'm really looking to come closer to the flavor of Snap-E-Tom. It's those damn green chiles that make the difference. Guess I'll just have to go with trial-and-error.
posted by DandyRandy at 1:19 PM on February 18, 2008

I don't have an answer, but I just wanted to come in and mention that, in Australia, Snappy Tom is a brand of cat food, so my initial reading of this question left me a bit perplexed! :)

Of course, reading the more inside and realising it's a spicy tomato drink helped later... :)

posted by ranglin at 9:58 PM on February 18, 2008

If you do end up using a juicer one thing that may surprise you is how concentrated the flavor can be. I once juiced a single garlic clove and mixed it in with a couple of cups of tomato juice and it was still overpowering.

My recommendation would be to get a base tomato/v8 type juice, then juice the green peppers separately, and slowly start adding the green pepper juice by the quarter-teaspoon until you have the right flavor balance.
posted by Deathalicious at 12:59 PM on February 21, 2008

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