Here is a fresh use for peak-of-summer tomatoes. Soft, juicy tomatoes work best, as they expel more water. Tomatoes’ lycopene content catapults them to the next nutritional level. Studies show lycopene has anti-inflammatory properties—which is why this ephemeral fruit may help decrease your risk of heart disease and cancer. St-Germaine adds warm floral notes while fresh lemon rounds out a light, citrusy flavor profile. And with its easy-drinking nature, you’ll be sipping on this refreshing cocktail late into summer.
2 C. fresh tomatoes
½ cup filtered water
3 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
3 oz. simple syrup
½ tsp. kosher salt
9 oz. vodka
1.5 oz. St-Germaine (elderflower liqueur)
Put tomatoes and ½ cup of water in a blender and blend on high until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard the solids
Mix in lemon juice, simple syrup and salt
Add the 1/3 cup tomato mixture, 3 oz. of vodka and .5 oz. of St-Germaine to cocktail shaker. Fill with ice: cover and shake well.
Strain evenly into 2 glasses.
Repeat twice with remaining ingredients
Garnish with tomatoes and fresh basil.
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