Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2013
Todd’s Tonic is totally inspired by my friend, Todd Waddell, of Bountiful Home in Edmonds, Washington. Last summer he encouraged me to buy the perennial form of arugula – arugula selvetica ‘Wild Italian Arugula’ from his nursery, connected to his charming shop. He also planted the idea of this spicy gem being featured in a future garden cocktail. I love arugula, and this perennial one is hardy and attractive with its’ lace-like leaves. Plus it has a pleasant peppery bite. I recently did a quick, cold infusion of the arugula in vodka. A little muddling, and letting it sit around for upwards of an hour resulted in a whole lot of flavor. I added a finely chopped tomato, a little salt, a few dashes of bitters, some citrus, and a splash of tonic water. Todd’s Tonic is one sensational savory garden cocktail. Thanks Todd – for the great plant suggestion, and for the superb garden cocktail inspiration!
- 2 ounces Arugula-Infused Vodka
- 1 finely chopped medium-sized tomato
- 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- pinch of salt
- 2 ounces tonic water (or club soda if you prefer no sweetness)
- several dashes of Angostura bitters
Place all the ingredients in your serving glass, and give it a good stir. Add some ice cubes and an arugula sprig for a garnish.
For two servings:
Place four ounces of vodka in a glass mixing cup, along with a small handful of arugula. Muddle, and let sit for upwards of an hour (if you’re patient). Strain and use as soon as possible.