Tomato Lemonade with Lemon Basil

With our cherry tomatoes still in flux, my husband and I have been hard-pressed to stay on top of the harvest. Our freezer is stocked full of delicious sauce for fresh pasta in the winter, and we always find a way to use them for our dinners.  I even take about 30 to work most days as a mid-morning/afternoon snack.  No matter how many tomatoes we eat, we always have 2 large bowls on the kitchen table, demanding to be used.  So we’ve turned to drinking (the tomatoes).

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Let this recipe serve as a guideline for experimenting and creating your own tomato-ade.  I used lemon basil, but fresh rosemary could be used in addition or as a substitute.  If more lemon juice is desired, add it! More tomato juice? Sure!  For the measurement of honey, let the tomatoes be your guide. Since I used sweet cherry tomatoes, not much honey was needed for mine. If using a more tart heirloom variety, more honey may be needed. *In our experimenting, when we found a batch of tomato-ade too “tomato-y” we added a splash of orange juice. Delicious!

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Ingredients (serves 4)

15-20 cherry tomatoes

Small handful of lemon basil

3 tablespoons honey

3-4 cups cold, filtered water

Juice of 1 lemon, plus a few lemon slices for garnish

Method

In a food processor, pulse your tomatoes until smooth.  Strain the tomato juice through a fine sieve to collect seeds and bits of skin.  About 1 cup of tomato juice should be gathered. Set aside.

Next, in a small pot, bring 1 cup of water to a simmer.  Remove from the heat and add the honey and lemon basil to the pot. Let the basil steep for 3-4 minutes, before straining and reserving the liquid. The strained basil should appear bruised.

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Combine the basil-honey syrup, tomato juice, lemon juice, and cold water in a pitcher. Serve with ice, and garnish with lemon slices.

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Enjoy!

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About continuethislabor

Hi I'm Tera. I'm interested in how flavors work together and how we can work together to be responsible Earth citizens. Currently I teach English in S. Korea with my husband, but someday we will own a small organic farm. There, we will grow vegetables, raise chickens and goats, and play Catan in our little cottage while drinking good coffee.

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