Tipsy Gazpacho Cocktail 1.000

Linda Davidson/The Washington Post

Top Tomato 2014 Aug 20, 2014

Gazpacho is sometimes served in a mug to be sipped rather than in a bowl to be eaten with a spoon. So why not take that idea a step further and fashion a cocktail inspired by the cold Spanish tomato soup?

Here, the roasting of the tomatoes concentrates and deepens their flavor, making them a more noticeable component of the drink.


Servings:
1

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Tested size: 1 servings; makes 2 cups roasted tomato simple syrup

Ingredients
  • For the syrup
  • 2 pounds ripe tomatoes, each cut into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • For the drink
  • 8 to 10 basil leaves, plus 1 for garnish
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 inches of cucumber, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 ounces American dry gin, such as Aviation or Green Hat
  • 1/2 ounce Amontillado sherry
  • 2 dashes habanero shrub, such as Bittermens Hellfire
  • Ice

Directions

For the roasted tomato simple syrup: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Have a 9-by-13 baking dish at hand.

Combine the chopped tomatoes and oil in the baking dish. Season lightly with salt. Roast for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, stirring them every 30 minutes until they are brown and somewhat wilted, and their juices have mostly evaporated. Cool, then transfer to a food processor; pulse five or six times to form a chunky sauce.

Transfer to the tomato sauce to a medium saucepan, and add the water and sugar. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring, then remove from the heat and let steep for 20 minutes; you've created a roasted tomato simple syrup.

Use a fine-mesh strainer to strain the mixture into a container with tight-fitting lid, discarding the solids. The yield is about 2 cups.

For the drink: Combine the basil leaves (to taste) and lime juice in a cocktail shaker; muddle gently. Add the cucumber and muddle to release its juice.

Add the gin, sherry, habanero shrub and 1 ounce of the roasted tomato syrup. Fill the shaker with ice; shake until cold. Double-strain into a chilled cocktail (martini) glass. Garnish with a basil leaf.

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Recipe Source

From Washington resident Andrew Huddleston.

Tested by Mike Cutler.

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