Square One's founder concocted this recipe using a blend of fresh basil and tomatoes.
Recipe courtesy of Allison Evanow, founder Square One Organic Spirits.
8 cherry tomatoes
1 1/2 ounces vodka
4 basil leaves
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce organic agave nectar or simple syrup
Basil and tomatoes for garnish
1. Muddle 6 tomatoes with basil in a mixing glass until completely crushed and juiced.
2. Add all other ingredients.
3. Shake briefly with ice and strain into a highball glass using either a julep strainer or a double strainer.
4. Float 2 halves of a tomato on top and garnish with a sprig of basil.
Option: Add 1/2 ounce of Heirloom tomato water* to add even more unique character to your cocktail. If using tomato water, muddle only 4 cherry tomatoes. Then follow the rest of the recipe above.
*Heirloom Tomato Water
Courtesy of Chef Elizabeth Faulkner of Orson restaurant, San Francisco.
Puree the tomatoes with a little bit of salt and wrap the puree in a cheesecloth to drain into a bowl overnight. The next morning, gently squeeze the puree in the cheesecloth for any excess water.
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