How does your garden grow? Mine grows very well. I love to attend local Farmer’s Markets, so I don’t waste my limited space on fresh vegetables I can count on others to grow. But, I do need to have an abundance of fresh herbs and my beloved Heirloom Tomatoes available right outside my door whenever the need arises.
If you have not tried Heirloom Tomatoes, please run to your local Farmer’s Market, or roadside stand and buy some while you can. Not perfect, not pretty, not consistent, but boy these bad boys taste good. I mean, they taste like the tomatoes you remember from the good old days (if you are old enough to remember the good old days). They taste like tomatoes. Sweet, juicy, and delicious.
What can you do with a basket of just picked Heirloom tomatoes and a bunch of fresh herbs…well, make a mojito of course! Some rum and fresh lime, and you have yourself a drink. I am thinking perhaps I should have named this a Midwest Mojito, as we have to make do without any tropical fruit, but there is no compromise here. This is delicious!
As I was creating and tasting this cocktail, I just kept thinking of a grilled cheese sandwich. Tomatoes and grilled cheese are such a classic combination. So, I decided to cut a hot dog bun and make some mini grilled cheese. I skewered them on a cocktail stick with a cornichon, a fresh basil leaf and cherry heirloom tomato. I think this created a perfect pick up snack or drink garnish for a patio party.
- Heirloom Tomato Mojito
- 1 small heirloom tomato, sliced
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves
- 5-5 fresh mint leaves
- 1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce basil simple syrup
- 2 ounces rum
- Club soda to taste
- Place the tomato slices, basil leaves, and mint leaves in a cocktail shaker. Muddle with a wooden spoon handle or muddler. Fill the shaker half full of ice. Pour in the lime juice, simple syrup, and rum. Shake vigorously until very cold. Strain into an ice filled cocktail glass. Garnish with cherry heirloom tomatoes and fresh basil and mint if desired.
- Basil Simple Syrup
- /2 cup water
- /2 cup granulated sugar
- large basil leaves
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Stain out the basil. Pour syrup into jar and refrigerate.
Please don’t skip trying this recipe if you are unable to find Heirloom Tomatoes. It will be great with just your garden variety tomato. But, if you are walking in your produce aisle and you see a display of Heirlooms, give one a try.