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Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck Photo by: Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Heather Chadduck

Garden Cocktail

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.

Southern Living JULY 2012

  • Yield: Makes 1 serving
  • 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

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