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).


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!


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


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.


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




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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