Square One Organic Vodka is a spirit near and dear to our hearts at CCA. We helped launch the brand as the first nationally distributed organic vodka back in 2006. Now 11 years later and with five amazing offerings in the family, we chose this perfect cocktail to celebrate the peak of summer farmer's market produce. Sungold cherry tomatoes and fresh basil are the inspiration for this mouthwatering aromatic cocktail:
- 2 oz Square One Organic Cucumber Vodka
- 8 Sungold Cherry Tomatoes
- 4 Basil leaves
- 1/2 oz lemon juice
- Basil and Sungold Tomato for garnish
- 1/2 oz. organic agave nectar
Muddle 6 Sungold tomatoes with basil in a mixing glass until completely crushed and juiced. Add all other ingredients. Shake briefly with ice and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice, using either a Julep strainer or a double strainer. Add Square One Organic Cucumber Vodka. Float 2 halves of a Sungold tomato on top and garnish with a sprig of Basil.
OPTION: Add 1/2 oz. of Heirloom Tomato Water* to add even more unique character to your cocktail. If using tomato water, muddle only 4 Sungold cherry tomatoes. Then follow the rest of the recipe above.
*Heirloom Tomato Water:
Golden Brandywine and Red Flame tomatoes were used for this cocktail at Slow Food Nation, but any yellow or orange low-acid heirloom tomato can be used. While I followed a "freeze and thaw" method, Chef Elizabeth Faulkner of Orson restaurant in San Francisco suggested I puree them with a little bit of salt and wrap the puree in a cheesecloth to drain into a bowl overnight. She's the Chef, I'm the amateur, so next time I'm making it her way and I suggest you do too. It is a lot easier than the freeze/thaw method and I bet it tastes even better! - Allison Evanow - Founder of Square One.
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