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Garden Tonic Punch

This Garden Tonic Punch is cocktail-worthy and made up of the herb and vegetable bounty found in my own backyard. A cold-pressed tomato simple syrup combined with an easy herb syrup to create a refreshing summer gin cocktail perfect for big batches.
Course Drink
Cuisine Vegetarian
Servings 12
Calories 165 kcal
Author Shelly Westerhausen


  • For tomato simple syrup:
  • 2 pints tomatoes (any variety), halved + more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • For the herb simple syrup:
  • 1/2 cup fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, basil, mint, etc) + more for garnish
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • For the rest:
  • 1 lemon , sliced
  • 1 lime , sliced
  • 4 liters soda water
  • 12 oz gin or vodka
  • Ice


  1. For the tomato simple syrup: Transfer tomatoes to a mixing bowl and toss in 1 cup sugar. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and let sit for one hour. After sitting, use a muddler or food processor to mash or blend until most of the mixture is liquid. Set aside.
  2. For the herb simple syrup: In the meantime, combine herbs, 1 cup sugar, and water into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Let simmer for two minutes, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and then remove from heat. Let herbs steep in the mixture until mixture is cooled. Strain and discard herbs.
  3. In a large punch bowl, strain tomato mixture into the punch bowl and fill with ice, lemon slices, lime slices, soda water, leftover herbs, leftover tomatoes, and soda water. Add in 1/4 cup herb simple syrup and taste test. Add more as needed.
  4. Serve right away.
Nutrition Facts
Garden Tonic Punch
Amount Per Serving
Calories 165 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Sodium 76mg3%
Potassium 284mg8%
Carbohydrates 32g11%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 55mg6%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.