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This Garden Sour Is the Perfect Excuse to Eat Your Veggies

For those among us who aren't kale-obsessed health aficionados, vegetables can be a little daunting. But hey! They can actually be rather amazing, as evidenced by this weirdly satisfying time lapse video and this recipe for a garden sour cocktail by DrinksMadeEasy. Turns out vegetables are rather improved by the presence of vodka. Start living your best life and watch the video to see how it's done. 

Garden Sour

Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 1 cocktail

INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 ounce homemade heirloom tomato juice
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes
    • ¼ cup water (optional)
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • ¼ ounce lime juice
  • ½ ounce jalapeño simple syrup
    • 1 split jalapeño
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 1 cup water
  • 2 cucumber slices, to garnish
  • 1-2 cherry tomatoes, to garnish
  • Fresh cracked black pepper, to garnish
DIRECTIONS:
  • To make the homemade heirloom tomato juice, clean and chop 2 heirloom tomatoes, removing the stems. Place them in a food processor, adding ¼ cup of water if necessary to assist in blending. Blend until smooth. Using cheesecloth, separate the juice from the pulp. Store in a clean, sealable container.
  • To make the jalapeño simple syrup, combine 1 split jalapeño, 1 cup sugar, and 1 cup water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Strain out the peels and place in a clean sealable container.
  • To make the cocktail, combine the vodka, heirloom tomato juice, lemon juice, lime juice, and jalapeño simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously, and strain the mixture into a rocks glass filled with ice.
  • Garnish with a skewer of cherry tomatoes flanked by 2 cucumber slices on either side. Add fresh cracked black pepper to taste, and serve.

Inspired by this recipe; filmed by Mike & Paul at DrinksMadeEasy.

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