If you like gazpacho with vodka, this is your drink. And that’s a good thing. This recipe is an iteration on a New York Times recipe, and courtesy of the very inspired Kelly Sutter. Kelly, if you want adults to drink their vegetables, this is the way to do it.
In this version of the drink, we muddled half an heirloom tomato and 1/4 cup basil with some balsamic vinegar. (If you had limes on hand, you’d be wise to muddle one of those, too). Wet a glass rim with a lime, and salt the rim. Pour this mixture into the glass and add a shot and a half of vodka (Dry Fly is our current favorite). Gin works, too. Muddle some more, then add ice and top with tonic water.
This is seriously delicious.
Kelly had some good ideas for virgin cocktails for her children. Good call on grooming the kids to grow up appreciating cocktails, Kelly. She suggests substituting cherries for the tomatoes, and using mint as the herb. And then topping it off with sparkling water or ginger ale.