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August Martini

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James Farley enjoys taking what is in season and coming up with ways to make it work. This tomato-based cocktail is a product of that innovation. “The initial flavor is a bit savory, but then as the drink moves to the back of your mouth, you get the basil and the sweetness,” says Farley, before stressing the importance of one recipe detail. “Add a leaf of basil as a garnish, so before you even taste it, you get the scent of the drink.”

August Martini
Recipe courtesy of Zoe Fine Dining

2 ounces Buckeye Vodka
3/4 ounce local heirloom tomato puree
1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1/2 ounce basil-infused simple syrup

Pour all ingredients into a shaker, add ice and shake. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a torched cherry tomato and a leaf of basil.

Make it a Mocktail: Swap the vodka for a splash of water to achieve a similar consistency.