Fresh Tomato Cocktails

I have three tomato plants fully loaded with sweet summer tomatoes. I never ever get sick of fresh tomatoes, but I’m always looking for new ways to use them in food … and cocktails. Aside from the Bloody Mary, there are many other ways to drink your tomatoes. Here are some recipes for garden-fresh tomato cocktails.

La Tomatina ~ Though this gin drink shares a few ingredients with the Bloody Mary, the addition of sherry gives it a unique character.

Tomato Martini ~ This recipe offers a slightly sweet twist on the classic Martini by using tomato-infused gin and adding a splash of Lillet.

Tomato Margarita ~ Fennel salt on the rim is a nice touch for this sweet and savory summer take on the Margarita.

Tomato Gin Cobbler with Peaches and Basil ~ Peaches and basil are summer’s other amazing flavors, so it makes sense that they’d mix together so well for a refreshing summer drink.

Heirloom Tomato Mojito ~ Tequila, tomatoes, basil and a touch of balsamic vinegar transform this warm-weather classic into a whole new cocktail.

Photo by Jackson Stakeman

DIY Strawberry Liqueur


Summer is a great time to enjoy fresh strawberries. If you’re looking for another way to include strawberries in your life (and your cocktails), try this homemade strawberry liqueur. It’s super-easy and super-good. I like to use it in Sangria.

DIY Strawberry Liqueur

8 ounces strawberries, roughly sliced
1 sprig fresh tarragon (optional, but highly recommended)
1 1/2 cups vodka
1 cup water
1 cup sugar

Steep strawberries and tarragon with vodka for two days. Strain and then filter the mixture through cheesecloth or a coffee filter. Press down to extract as much liquid as possible. Then, bring water and sugar to a boil. Once that syrup is cool, combine it with the strawberry-tarragon vodka mixture. Let the combination rest for at least one day. Refrigerate, if desired. Store for up to two months.

The recipe I created and posted here was first published on Serious Eats in my DIY vs. Buy column

Plum Margarita


Armed with a bagful of plums fresh off the tree and a need for a frozen cocktail, Savvy Housekeeping and I blended up some refreshing plum Margaritas … and you should, too! This recipe makes one, but double (or triple) up to make more! You will want more.

Plum Margarita

Three plums (halved, pitted and frozen)
2 ounces silver tequila
1 ounce triple sec
1/4 ounce lemon juice
1/4 ounce simple syrup

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Photo by Savvy Housekeeping

Frozen Cocktails

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie from Serious Eats

Whip out the blender and cool down with one of these creative frozen cocktails! Each of these is a summery take on a classic cocktail.

Frozen Mint Julep ~ Turn a classic summer cocktail into something even cooler with this simple recipe.

Frozen Peach Old Fashioned ~ Here’s another frozen twist on a classic, with the addition of sweet summer fruit.

Watermelon White Negroni Slushie ~ A White Negroni is already a fun variation on the Negroni that uses Cocchi Americano instead of Campari. Add watermelon and make it cool for a sophisticated summer treat.

Frozen Coconut Margaritas ~ Imagine yourself on a white sand beach with this creamy cool cocktail in hand.

Blended Cherry Mojitos ~ Fresh cherries are everywhere, so use them in one of the most fun ways possible … mojitos!