Thirsty Thursday Tomato Cocktails

written by Melina

The season of the British tomato is at last upon us. And as many gardeners and allotment owner’s varieties start ripening on their vines, we celebrate all things red with, what else, other than our favourite tomato based cocktails:

Tomato Basil Martini


Himalayan Salt Rim
50ml Himalayan salt

2 teaspoons fennel seeds

4 pieces star anise

25ml Sambuca

Agave Lime Syrup 
1 cup lime juice

1 cup agave nectar

To Assemble and Serve
6 cherry tomatoes

6 leaves fresh basil

50ml Bombay Sapphire gin

25ml Lillet Blanc

2 drops habanero bitters

20ml agave-lime syrup

1 dash ground peppercorns

7ml tonic water

3 whole peppercorns

1 barspoon hibiscus bitters

For the Himalayan Salt Rim: Combine the salt, fennel seeds, and star anise. Add the Sambuca and flambé. Reserve in an air-tight container.

For the Agave-Lime Syrup: Combine the lime juice and agave nectar. Shake well and reserve.

To Assemble and Serve:
Rim a martini glass with the Himalayan salt rim mixture. In a mixing glass, muddle 5 tomatoes. Add the 5 basil leaves, the gin, Lillet, habanero bitters, syrup, ground peppercorns, tonic water, and ice. Shake and double strain into the martini glass. Garnish with the remaining tomato, basil leaf, whole peppercorns, and hibiscus bitters.

Bloody Mary

The classic hangover drink is loaded with tomatoes and apparently it’s the tomatoes and salt content which help you to retain water and therefore aid the dehydration which is one of the main causes of hangovers. Plus they taste really nice.

Here is our favourite recipe:


50ml Grey Goose vodka

100ml organic tomato juice

10ml  fresh lemon juice (to taste)

4 dashes of Worcestershire sauce

4 dashes of Tabasco (or hot pepper sauce)

Glug dry sherry

Pinch of fleur de sel (or sea salt)

Pinch of black pepper

Some cubed ice

Garnish with a celery stalk and lemon wedge


Pour Ice into a highball glass. Add the vodka, Tomato juice and Lemon juice.  Add the dashes of Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco. Finish with a glug of sherry, seasoning and stir with the celery stalk.

And finally, for those looking for a non-alcoholic cocktail, check out our friends at Cho!, the makers of beautiful drinking Gazpacho. Their tomato based drinks are infused with flavours such as beetroot, apple, pepper & strawberries.  Check out their website for more details.