Slap Mint Gin and Summer Tomato Palooza

Slap Mint

August, draped in excess, ripens into a rosy blush as she parades her finery. Especially beautiful, the tomatoes.

IMG_1690Locally grown tomatoes go down easy, almost as easy as the Slap Mint Elderberry Gin that complements an end-of-August afternoon on the beach. (Recipe below the tomato slide shows.)

Slapping mint before using in cocktails extracts the oils adding additional minty flavor to the drink. If the mint isn’t muddled, place the leaves or sprig in one hand and smack it with the other.

I’ve put together three summer tomato slideshows from previous blogs–Appetizers and Soups, Sides and Salads, and Main Events– that utilize this bounty in some fashion that may inspire.            .

Summer Tomato Appetizer and Soups:

Tomato Zucchini Tapas

Tomato Zucchini Tapas

Tomato-Mozzerella Bruschetta

Tomato-Mozzerella Bruschetta

Super-Fast Caprese Canapés

Super-Fast Caprese Canapés

Caprese Salad with Pesto Oil

Caprese Salad with Pesto Oil

Tomato Cucumber Raita

Tomato Cucumber Raita

Tomato-Zucchini Soup

Tomato-Zucchini Soup

Mix and Match Gazpacho with (optional) Shrimp

Mix and Match Gazpacho with (optional) Shrimp

Tomato Zucchini Tapas thumbnailTomato-Mozzerella Bruschetta thumbnailSuper-Fast Caprese Canapés thumbnailCaprese Salad with Pesto Oil thumbnailTomato Cucumber Raita thumbnailTomato-Zucchini Soup thumbnail
Mix and Match Gazpacho with (optional) Shrimp thumbnail

Tomato-Zucchini Tapas; Tomato-Mozzarella BruschettaSuper-Fast Caprese CanapesCaprese Salad with Pesto OilTomato-Cucumber RaitaTomato-Zucchini Soup; Mix ‘n Match Gazpacho with (optional) Shrimp

Summer Tomato Sides and Salads:

Jerusalem Pita and Vegetable Salad

Jerusalem Pita and Vegetable Salad

Indian Chopped Salad (Kachoombar)

Indian Chopped Salad (Kachoombar)

Tomatoes Stuffed with Walnut-Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed with Walnut-Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tomato-Bulgur Salad

Tomato-Bulgur Salad

panzanella

panzanella

Fried Green Tomatoes with a Tomato-Corn Relish

Fried Green Tomatoes with a Tomato-Corn Relish

Summer Tomatoes with Fresh Peach Dressing

Summer Tomatoes with Fresh Peach Dressing

Butter Beans with Tomato Relish

Butter Beans with Tomato Relish

September Vegetable Succotash

September Vegetable Succotash

Grilled Stacked Mediterranean Eggplant

Grilled Stacked Mediterranean Eggplant

Green Tomato Curry

Green Tomato Curry

Jerusalem Pita and Vegetable Salad thumbnailIndian Chopped Salad (Kachoombar) thumbnailTomatoes Stuffed with Walnut-Tarragon Chicken Salad thumbnailTomato-Bulgur Salad thumbnailpanzanella thumbnailFried Green Tomatoes with a Tomato-Corn Relish thumbnail
Summer Tomatoes with Fresh Peach Dressing thumbnailButter Beans with Tomato Relish thumbnailSeptember Vegetable Succotash thumbnailGrilled Stacked Mediterranean Eggplant thumbnailGreen Tomato Curry thumbnail

Jerusalem Pita and Vegetable Salad; Indian Chopped Salad (Kachoombar)Tomato Stuffed with Walnut-Tarragon Chicken SaladTomato-Bulger SaladPanzanellaFried Green Tomatoes with a Tomato-Corn RelishSummer Tomatoes with Fresh Peach DressingButter Beans with Tomato RelishSeptember Vegetable SuccotashGrilled Stacked Mediterranean Eggplant; Green Tomato Curry

Summer Tomato Main Events:

Pasta with Easy Fresh Tomato Sauce

Pasta with Easy Fresh Tomato Sauce

Sun-kissed Tomato-Basil Angel Hair

Sun-kissed Tomato-Basil Angel Hair

Corn and Tomato Farosotto

Corn and Tomato Farosotto

Tomatoes Stuffed with Walnut Chicken Salad

Tomatoes Stuffed with Walnut Chicken Salad

Tomato Stuffed with Cottage Cheese

Tomato Stuffed with Cottage Cheese

Whitefish with Tomato-Caper Relish

Whitefish with Tomato-Caper Relish

Roasted Monkfish with Tomato-Olive Relish

Roasted Monkfish with Tomato-Olive Relish

Balsamic Lamb Chops with Tomato-Mint Salad

Balsamic Lamb Chops with Tomato-Mint Salad

Grilled Pizza with Fresh Mozzerella, Tomatoes and Pesto Pizza

Grilled Pizza with Fresh Mozzerella, Tomatoes and Pesto Pizza

Tomato Curry with Potatoes and Beans

Tomato Curry with Potatoes and Beans

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce

Caprese Pesto Burger

Caprese Pesto Burger

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Fried Green Tomato BLT

Pasta with Easy Fresh Tomato Sauce thumbnailSun-kissed Tomato-Basil Angel Hair thumbnailCorn and Tomato Farosotto thumbnailTomatoes Stuffed with Walnut Chicken Salad thumbnailTomato Stuffed with Cottage Cheese thumbnailWhitefish with Tomato-Caper Relish thumbnail
Roasted Monkfish with Tomato-Olive Relish thumbnailBalsamic Lamb Chops with Tomato-Mint Salad thumbnailGrilled Pizza with Fresh Mozzerella, Tomatoes and Pesto Pizza thumbnailTomato Curry with Potatoes and Beans thumbnailGrilled Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce thumbnailCaprese Pesto Burger thumbnail
Fried Green Tomato BLT thumbnail
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Cartwheels with Fresh and Easy Tomato SauceSun-kissed Tomato-Basil Angel HairCorn and Tomato Farrosotto; Tomatoes Stuffed with Walnut ChickenTomato Stuffed with Cottage CheeseWhitefish with Tomato-Caper RelishRoasted Monkfish with Tomato-Olive RelishChicken Cutlets with Fried Tomatoes and Capers; Balsamic Lamb Chops with Tomato-Mint Salad; Tomato Curry with Potatoes and Beans; Grilled Pizza with Fresh Mozzerella, Tomatoes and Pesto;  Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Romesco Sauce;  Caprese Pesto Burger;  Fried Green Tomato BLT

The following recipe was inspired by a recent recipe I found in Traverse, My North magazine. I infused the simple syrup with rose petals (that I strained out); it added a bit of floral bouquet but, perhaps, not worth the fuss.

Recipe: Slap Mint Elderflower Gin

Ingredients

  • Several sprigs of fresh mint leaves
  • 4 cucumber slices
  • 2 ounces of your favorite gin
  • 1 ounce St. Germain (Elderflower liquer)
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup (I infused mine with rose petals)

Instructions

  1. Slap mint then place in the bottom of a Collins glass. Fill with ice.
  2. Muddle cucumber in the bottom of a shaker. Add gin, St. Germain, lime juice and simple syrup.
  3. Shake then strain into Collins glass. Serve.

Number of servings (yield): 1 cocktail 

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