- Author: Geri Koeppel
- Category: Drink
- Issue: Mar 2012
The “greenhouse effect” is the process in which gases in the atmosphere absorb thermal radiation from the Earth and then re-radiate it in all directions. Similarly, the “Greenhouse Cooler” is a drink in which the flavors of fresh, tangy tomatoes and sweet, juicy watermelon are absorbed by alcohol and then re-radiated across your palate.
This simple, savory science comes from the expert mixologists at The Casablanca Lounge. To make this killer cocktail, they muddle two cherry tomatoes and add 1½ ounces Stolichnaya vodka, ¾ ounce Campari, ½ ounce fresh lime juice and 1 ounce watermelon syrup (equal parts strained watermelon juice and sugar). They shake it, double strain it into a Collins glass, top it with soda and garnish it with a basil leaf and watermelon ball.
The result is a lively libation that tastes like spring, distilled into your glass. The Greenhouse Cooler won’t warm the globe, but it could certainly heat up a dinner date.
The Casablanca Lounge
7134 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale