Tomato Gin Soup

October 15, 2009

Fresh Tomato Soup

Fresh Tomato Soup

The sign on the tomato stand at Trout Lake Farmer’s Market proclaimed “The end is near”. I was surprised to see tomatoes the other weekend, it’s so chilly out. So I bought a (final?) bagful of Sungold’s to eat and a lot of ripe Cascades to make soup with. This soup isn’t really made with gin, it has juniper berries in it. They make tomato soup taste brighter, and somehow fresher. This is a cozy dish to make with those last tomatoes of the year.

Makes about 4 cups/1 litre

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, chopped

about 3 pounds of ripe, end of season tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped

2 tablespoons juniper berries

3 stems fresh basil

3/4 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste

freshly ground pepper

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large pot. Add onions and sweat. Add garlic, cook briefly, about two minutes – until it smells really fragrant. Okay, that’s good. Now toss in your juicy, messy, slaughtered tomatoes with the juniper berries and basil. You may as well add the salt and pepper now, too. Reduce heat to low and simmer for about half an hour, tomatoes will bubble cheerily in their own brick-red broth. Remove from heat and let cool for a bit, discard basil. I ran my tomato soup through a food mill, but if you don’t have one you can blend and strain your soup. Return to pot and heat. Taste for seasoning and add another pinch of sea salt and a little more pepper, if you like. Curl up with a steamy mug of warm tomato soup and a good book.

If you want a great gin, and not just juniper berries, some friends of ours make the gorgeous Victoria Gin on Vancouver Island. It is made with juniper and ten other ingredients and botanicals.


4 Responses to “Tomato Gin Soup”

  1. katie huitson said

    That’s a mean trick promising Gin in my soup and then taking it away!! Soup looks lovely….perfect for this weather…

  2. jevanshead said


    Is there such a thing as a healthy grilled cheese sandwich to go along with my soup.


  3. Julie said

    Good call Jay! There is nothing better than dipping an uber-buttery grilled cheese sandwich into a piping hot bowl of tomato soup. Yum!

    I’m a bit off topic.

    I have had the privelege of tasting this soup and it is wonderful… even without the dirty sandwich.

  4. Kat said

    Did someone say “Gin”

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