by Amanda Frew
Today might arguably be one of the best days of the year. Why, you might ask? Well, it’s National Tequila Day, of course! And this year, we should all celebrate because it’s also on a FRIDAY!! On top of that, it’s summer and here in Sacramento our farmers’ markets and local shops are bursting with the most amazing fresh fruits and veggies to play with in tequila concoctions. This trifecta makes for the ultimate tequila celebration, no excuses.
When thinking about the perfect way to celebrate National Tequila Day, Friday and summer all wrapped into one, it got my head spinning. I love to mix up a good cocktail (see two previous cocktail-filled posts of mine here and here). And specifically with tequila, I frequently make my own at-home infusions (more on that in a future post). However, for National Tequila Day this year I wanted to shake it up a bit (see what I did there?) from my usual fruit and herb-infused margaritas and make something a bit different.
I’m all about tomatoes in the summertime and here in Sac, we get the best of them. They don’t call it Sacratomato for nothing! I know what you’re thinking, “what do tomatoes have anything to do with tequila?” You just wait…
A fresh tomato-mint margarita. I was inspired by this recipe from The Chic Site, with a few little tweaks of my own.
The result is a super refreshing, lightly sweet and yes, tomatoey drink that will leave you wanting another (and another, and another). And, you know what? It’s Friday and National Tequila Day so you have my permission to have an extra one… or two.
Fresh Tomato-Mint Margarita
Adapted from The Chic Site
6 grape tomatoes (yellow, green, orange, red or a combination)
4 large or 6 small fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
Juice from 1/2 a lime, freshly squeezed
Juice from 1 lemon, freshly squeezed
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon simple syrup
2 ounces blanco tequila
1/4-1/2 club soda or sparkling water, to taste
In a cocktail shaker, muddle together the tomatoes, mint leaves, lime and lemon juices.
Pour in the simple syrup and tequila and shake with ice. Pour over ice into serving glass of choice and top with club soda or sparkling water to taste. Garnish with mint leaves, a slice of lime or lemon and a few grape tomatoes on a pick. Makes one large (approximately 8 ounce) drink or two smaller drinks. Cheers!