Tomojito Sour

I'll be honest I'm not a fan of summer. It's hot, sticky, and I hate to sweat. But the great thing about summer is all the wonderful produce available. Amazing fruits and vegetables to brighten up your cocktails and inspire creativity. 

A summer cocktail should be light, refreshing, and easy to drink. When I set out to make my summer cocktail I knew I wanted to make a shrub, a vinegar based syrup. I love shrubs because they can deliver a punch of flavor in a small dose. I decided to make my shrub using some colorful heirloom cherry tomatoes and fresh mint. The combination has a pleasant taste that keeps you coming back for more.

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TOMATO MINT SHRUB

for an 8 ounce shrub

12 mint leaves

4 ounces Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes

1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 cup Sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine in air tight jar. 

Shake frequently.

Refrigerate for at least 24 hours before use.

Use within 1 to 2 weeks

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The Tomojito Sour was inspired by the Mojito but takes things a step further with the addition of heirloom tomatoes and yellow chartreuse. Combined with rum, lime, and mint it makes for a cocktail that is both delicate and delightful.

 

TOMOJITO SOUR

1.5 ounces White Rum

.75 ounce Tomato Mint Shrub

.5 ounces lime juice

bar spoon of Yellow Chartreuse

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine ingredients in a shaker.

Shake with ice.

Double strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.

Optional: top with club soda

Garnish with a cherry tomato and mint.