Spicy Tomato Vodka Soda
I found this refreshing summer cocktail recipe in one of my favorite recipe books – Drinking with Chickens: Free-Range Cocktails for the Happiest Hour by Kate E Richards. You’ll need to start by making a tomato-infused vodka a few days in advance, but trust me when I say it’s worth it! If you love simple cocktails made with fresh ingredients, then you’ll definitely want to give this one a try!
For the tomato-infused vodka
-2 cups vodka (I like Tito’s)
-6 cherry tomatoes, halved
-½ jalapeno pepper
For the cocktail
-½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
-3 cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced
-5 thin slices of jalapeno pepper
- Prepare the tomato-infused vodka by combining all ingredients in a mason jar. Store in a cool, dark place for 5 days. Shaking daily. Strain before using.
- To prepare your cocktail, combine 2 ounces of your infused vodka with lemon juice, tomatoes, and jalapeno in a tall glass. Add ice, top with seltzer, and enjoy! Garnish with some flowering tomato buds if you want to get extra fancy!