With the exception of the Bloody Mary, tomatoes are hardly a star ingredient in cocktails. But the humble fruit is making its way into bars across the country, thanks to its sweet and savory properties and distinct summer flavor. The shrub, a fruit-flavored vinegar mixed with alcohol, soda, or water, is also on the rise, and this particular version is an excellent introduction to the cocktail. Sweetened with honey and filled with fresh tomatoes, cantaloupe, and basil, it’s the most refreshing drink you’ll make all summer. Consider it a starting point for your own experiments with shrubs, which you can drink year-round as you switch up the flavors.

Robin Bashinsky


Credit: Greg DuPree

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8 mins
8 hrs 8 mins
6 (serving size: 1 cup)


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  • Combine tomatoes, cantaloupe, gin, basil, vinegar, and honey in a bowl. Chill 8 hours, stirring occasionally. Place ice in each of 6 glasses. Pour about ⅔ cup club soda into each glass; top with about ⅓ cup chilled gin liquid mixture. Add desired amount of the tomato and cantaloupe pieces, and torn basil.


Nutrition Facts

198 calories; sodium 45mg; protein 1g; carbohydrates 13g; sugars 11g; fiber 1g; calcium 24mg.