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5 Garden Harvest Cocktails

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5 Garden Harvest Cocktails

By Steve Graham, Networx

It’s harvest season, and that doesn’t just mean growing dinner in the yard. Plenty of garden-fresh herbs and vegetables can spruce up great cocktails. Here are five simple garden cocktails from prominent magazines and TV shows, and our ratings. My wife and I put each of these recipes to the test, with herbs, peppers and tomatoes from my garden, and other fruits and vegetables from local organic farms. It’s a tough job but, hey, somebody has to do it.

Frozen Yellow Mary

(from Food and Wine magazine)


  • 2 pounds yellow tomatoes, halved and cored
  • 4 sliced jalapeños
  • 16 Thai basil leaves
  • Salt
  • 1 cup vodka
  • Garnish: halved yellow tomatoes and basil leaves


In a jar, cover the jalapeño slices with vodka. Let stand for three hours, then strain. Puree tomatoes in a food processor, then filter the puree through a fine sieve into a large measuring cup. Pour juice into ice cube trays and freeze until firm, about three hours.

In a blender, combine the jalapeño vodka, tomato ice cubes and basil. Blend until smooth and season with salt; if the drink is very thick, add a little water and blend again. Pour into glasses, garnish with cherry tomato halves and basil flowers and serve.


Yellow garden tomatoes are like a completely different food group than the mealy red globes at the supermarket. Likewise, yellow tomatoes make a very different drink than a standard Bloody Mary. The flavor of the Yellow Mary is just a little sweeter and more refreshing, and the Thai basil adds a strong but pleasant flavor. The jalapeño vodka adds a nice little bite you can just feel in the back of the throat.

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12:30PM PST on Dec 30, 2012


7:33AM PST on Dec 30, 2012

What a cool way to incorporate fresh fruits and herbs in your cocktails.

4:57AM PST on Dec 29, 2012

Thank you

9:22PM PST on Dec 28, 2012


7:59PM PDT on May 10, 2012

In Ontario our liquor board publishes a mag called 'Food and Drink' and it's got amazing recipes in every issue. Check it out online for some more great cocktails!

1:13AM PST on Jan 22, 2012


5:07PM PST on Dec 16, 2011

I have to try the Country Thyme, it sounds amazingly good!

10:41AM PDT on Oct 5, 2011

A delightful way to use fresh herbs/veggies from the garden. A moderate amount of alcohol (assuming you are not an alcoholic and that you don't have other major health problems) can certainly be part of a healthy lifestyle.

2:36PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Next. Sorry for the typo.

2:35PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Funny thing, Lynn, is that I am religious! I pray every day and abstain from all kinds of stuff -- but I still understand that alcohol can be consumed responsibly. There's no contradiction! I would love to cook a fresh dinner from the garden accompanied by a delicious cocktail as much as the nest person...and...I have a spiritual life rooted in a spiritual tradition. :)

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