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Author Notes: Having been to the Farmer's Market in Brattleboro, VT, Saturday, it was a pleasure to sample all their labeled heirloom tomatoes. What a wonderful market! There are several great Asian, African and Indian places to have lunch right at the market while you listen to local music. There were also samples of olive oils, wines, and many amazing heirloom tomatoes. The "Gorilla Orange Blossom" caught my eye in particular because I had not heard of it before. So, of course I thought it perfect to try out margarita-style: It makes a bold, tart drink. You could also use the Amana Orange, Aurora, Burbank, Cosmonant Volkov, Indian Moon, Orange Oxhart, Tangerine, Prize of the trials, Golden Peach, Valencia, among other heirloom varieties, but I thought this one perfect for this drink idea. Ideally, select a variety that is orangy in color, has overtones of orange flavor, and is very juicy. Now that I just tried this with a red heirloom, I can testify how delicious that is as well. Eating the fruit at the end is just the best! OK, that fills my margarita quota for the summer. —Sagegreen
- 1/2 cup chopped "gorilla orange blossom" tomato (or other orange to reddish variety)
- 1 ounce juice fresh lime
- 2 ounces tequila blanco
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- pink Himalayan salt (or sea salt) for glass rim
- sprig of lemon basil (or other variety) for garnish
- slice of your heirloom variety such as "gorilla orange blossom" for garnish
- shaved or crushed ice, optional
- Add your chopped tomato (reserving and using all its juices) to the liquids; muddle and smoosh around a bit. Chill in the fridge for about an hour (or even overnight). It is nice to give some time for the tomatoes to absorb the alcohol.
- Salt the rim of your glass just before serving time; pink Himalayan is both beautiful and very salty.
- Add shaved or crushed ice to your glass, if you want. Pour your chilled drink into the glass with its salted rim; garnish with a sprig of lemon (or other type) basil and a slice of tomato. Cheers!
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Poolside Cocktail
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe Using Heirloom Tomatoes