Course Type: Tomatoes, Beverages, Vegetarian Dishes,
Fresh Tomato Sipper Recipe by Chadwick Boyd
(Makes 1¾ cup or 2 highball-sized drinks)
This tomato sipper is a more refined version of the preserved tomato juice I grew up drinking from a Mason jar. It is a fresh tomato drink that maximizes the rich, sweet natural flavor of NatureSweet Cherubs that we love in our salads or as snacks. These drinks can be made just before a party, but they are best made the night before and left to sit in the refrigerator to let all the flavors meld together. Feel free to double, triple and quadruple the recipe for multiple guests. Serve in a pitcher and let guests serve themselves.
This recipe contains:
12 ounces NatureSweet Cherubs + 3-4 NatureSweet Cherubs, halved
8 large basil leaves + 2 small sprigs for garnish
3½ ounces cold filtered water
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 small clove garlic
¾ teaspoon Kosher salt
Add the Cherubs, eight basil leaves, water, lemon juice, garlic and salt ingredients to a blender. Turn the blender on high and blend until completely pureed and liquified, about 45 seconds to 1 minute. (refrigerate overnight in a non-metallic, sealable container for max flavor)
Pour the mixture into a strainer fitted over a small bowl or pitcher. Using a rubber scraper, press all the juice out of mixture through the strainer. Pour half of the juice into a cocktail shaker loaded with ice. Shake well. Pour into a a highball glass. Repeat with the remaining juice.
Thread the halved tomatoes onto a small bamboo skewer or toothpick and place into the glasses. Sprinkle a bit of Maldon salt top of the tomato garnish and drink. Finisn with a sprig or two of basil leaves. Cheers!