Garden Cocktail

Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck
You can make the Garden Tomato Juice up to 1 week ahead. It will yield 1 qt. homemade tomato juice, or enough for 8 cocktails.

Yield:

Makes 1 serving

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 40 Minutes

Ingredients

Garden Tomato Juice
3 pounds very ripe red or yellow tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 1/4 cups chopped celery with leaves
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Cocktail
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 lime wedge
1/2 medium tomato, seeded and chopped
1 fresh basil sprig
1/4 cup gin
Garnishes: cucumber spears, celery ribs, fresh basil sprigs, lime wedges

Preparation

1. Prepare Tomato Juice: Bring tomatoes and next 4 ingredients to a simmer in a large nonaluminum saucepan over medium heat; simmer 25 minutes or until mixture is soft. Cool 30 minutes. Process, in 2 batches, in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a container, discarding solids. Cover and chill 2 hours.

2. Prepare Cocktail: Combine kosher salt and parsley. Rub rim of a glass with lime wedge; dip rim in salt mixture to coat. Muddle tomato and basil sprig against sides of glass to release flavors. Fill glass with ice. Stir in gin and 1/2 cup Garden Tomato Juice. Sprinkle with ground pepper.

Note:

Total time includes the tomato juice

Virginia Willis,

July 2012