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Peachy Tomato Basil Gin and Tonic

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Confession: we aren’t big drinkers. Okay, so there was college but fortunately, that’s in the past and our drinking habits didn’t come along (no more shot gunning beers for these ladies). So when the opportunity to join in a virtual cocktail party came up, we were stoked and a bit stumped. What’s a virtual cocktail party, you ask? Is it where everyone drinks and Skypes each other wasted? No, although I see some true potential in that. The beautifully talented duo, Renee of Will Frolic for Food and Sherrie of With Food and Love, have organized an online bash — a gathering of creative food bloggers to create and share their favorite seasonal drinks, some boozy, some not. We are stoked to be a part of this fun event and can’t wait to see what everyone has created! 

Inspired by our love of salads (I told you, we really do love them) we decided to take a spin on our go-to cocktail, you know, the one you order at the dive bar when they don’t have wine (or you’re too scared to even go there). This Peachy Tomato Basil Gin + Tonic is the perfect summer refreshment. Muddled tomato and basil, a hint of sweetness from homemade peach syrup, and all the bubbles have us fighting off this heat with some day drinking. It’s light and refreshing and the gin is just an added perk, its totally delicious sans alcohol. 

Peachy Tomato Basil Gin + Tonic

serves 1
prep time: 30 mins
cook time: 5 mins
vegan, gf, soy free


1 small heirloom tomato, chopped (or 5-6 tiny ones)
2 basil leaves, torn
pinch of salt
1 ½ tbsp. peach syrup (recipe included)
1 oz. gin
6 oz. tonic water

for peach syrup* 
1 cup sugar
½ cup water
1 peach, chopped


*What makes this syrup rich is the ratio of sugar to water is 2:1, where traditional simple syrup is 1:1. Adding rich syrup to this drink keeps it from tasting to watered down. Add sugar and water to a pot and boil. Add peaches and reduce to a simmer. Cook until peaches are soft enough to crush, about 5 minutes. Cover and continue simmer until the mixture is cooked down to a syrup, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool. Strain for a syrup, or keep the chunks for a bit more texture. 

Muddle tomato and basil and salt in the bottom of a glass. Add peach syrup and mix well. Add gin and tonic water, mix. Strain and add ice if desired. Garnish with a slice of tomato or peach. Enjoy!

Follow along on Instagram: #drinkthesummer to get a glimpse of all the delicious, seasonal drinks from some of your favorite (and maybe new favorite) food bloggers, then head to their sites to get the full recipe. There’s still enough summer left to have your own boozy bash!

With Food + Love | Fresh Heirloom Bloody Marys with Old Bay and Spicy Pickles

Will Frolic for Food | The Sugar Hollow: Watermelon Gin Cocktail with Cardamom and Lime

Kale & Caramel | Sweet Coconut, Hibiscus & Lime Slushie

Hummingbird High | Thyme Lemonade

Brooklyn Supper | Bloody Maria Cocktails

Cake Over Steak | Blackberry Bourbon Cocktail

Loves Food, Loves to Eat | Coconut Nectarine White Wine Spritzers

Dunk & Crumble | Ginger Peach Whiskey Smash

Tasty Yummies | When Figs Fly: Spiced Rum Fig Kombucha Cocktail

Feed Me Phoebe | Pimm’s Cup Cocktail with Fresh Ginger, Lime and Tarragon

Earthy Feast | Strawberry, Basil and Pink Peppercorn Negroni

Ginger & Toasted Sesame | Blackberry Peach Margarita with Spicy Salt

O&O Eats | The Long Hope: a Honeydew Cucumber Gin Cocktail

my name is yeh | Nutella Egg Cream

Faring Well | Sparkling Melon Coolers with Muddled Raspberries and Mint

Beard and Bonnet | Pineapple and Cilantro Moscow Mule

The Pancake Princess | Strawberry Balsamic Shrubs

Edible Perspective | Rosé Slushies

Vegetarian ‘Ventures | Sparkling Peppered Plum Blush

The Broken Bread | Blackberry, Cucumber and Mint Gin Spritzer

Tending the Table | Plum Spritzer with Ginger and Kafir Lime

Appeasing a Food Geek | Sugar Plum Margarita

She Eats | Fizzy Lime and Blackberry Shrub

holly & flora | Pimm’s Cup with Blackberry and Lemon Zest Shrub

Vigor and Sage | Peachy Tomato Basil Gin and Tonic

The Pig & Quill | Raspberry Basil Gingerade Fizz

Hungry Girl por Vida | Peanut Butter and Berry Smoothie

A Brown Table | Fig and Bourbon Summer Smash

The Clever Carrot | 5 Minute White Peach Margaritas

Cookie and Kate | Watermelon White Sangria

le jus d’orange | Peach Yogurt Soju and Ginger Plum Kombucha Cocktail

Chocolate + Marrow | Raspberry Thyme Smash

The Bojon Gourmet | Basil Pluot Pimm’s Cup

Snixy Kitchen | Sparkling Asian Pear and Mint Iced Tea

what’s cooking good looking | Watermelon Basil Colada

i am a food blog | Thyme Gin and Tonics

Fix Feast Flair | Berry Peachy Kentucky Mules

Salt & Wind | Watermelon Aperol Spritzes



  • I love the combo of peach, tomato, and basil in salads too so this seems pretty awesome to me!

  • Thanks, Meg!! We were a little skeptic at first, but we knew we were onto something as soon as we started to muddle the tomato and basil and dipped into the peach syrup. yum!

  • Right? That’s exactly what we were thinking, Aida! If we like it in our salads, what could go wrong if we just add a little gin to the mix? Thanks for stopping by and checking it out xoxo

  • These cocktail sounds amazing! This is the first time I’ve been here (thanks for the potluck) and love that I found you guys! Can’t wait to start following along!

  • i am absolutely smitten with the fact that you chucked a tomato in with your peachy gin and tonic. and intrigued. big drinkers? no. clever and incredibly crafty? yes. definitely pinning for later.

  • A summer salad inspired gin and tonic?! YES! Love this idea and this lovely (new to me!) blog!

  • LOVING the tomato/peach combo, fist pumps/high fives all around. Thanks for hanging with us yesterday, #DRINKTHESUMER, xx!

  • Thanks, Grace! It’s so refreshing! We’re new to the blog world and always love hearing back from people who stop by and check us out. xoxo

  • Ha! Thanks, Kristy! Sometimes the best combinations spawn from putting on blindfolds and spinning in circles until you just decide to stick with what you love; salad in our case.

  • This potluck was so much fun! So many delicious sounding drinks that we would never even think of and beautiful photos to go along with them. Thanks for stopping by, we can’t wait to keep up with your ‘ventures!! xo

  • What a great cocktail! I would love it if you would link it up to Tipsy Tuesday at Grey is the New Black – a weekly cocktail link up!

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