I’m sad to say that our tomato plants had a pretty rough summer. Insane heat, little rain and some serious neglect meant we had nowhere near the beautiful bounty of bright red ‘maters we enjoyed last year. We do, however have enough green tomatoes to feed an army, if said army really enjoyed underripe vine-grown veggies. To make sure these tomatoes didn’t go to waste, and to save Shawn and I from the weight gain that would surely result from frying them all, I made some green tomato juice for last weekend’s hootenany and it was kind of a hit.
A friend asked me for a recipe and i came up with the following. You can play around with the sugar and lime ratio according to your taste:
4 green tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 jalepeno or cowboy pepper
juice of one lime
2 C water
1/3 cup sugar
Toss all ingredients into a blender. Strain blended mixture into a jar and add several fresh basil leaves. Add more water to taste if necessary.
We used some of the juice to make an appropriately green cocktail for Slow Food Knoxville’s Pesto Festo and it was pretty delicious.
Green Tomato Gin Fizz
1 oz gin
3 oz green tomato juice
juice of 1/4 lime
Add gin and tomato juice to ice glass. Stir well, add soda water to taste and squeeze lime juice into glass.