Jul 27, 2014

Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa with a Meyer Lemon Tom Collins

Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa with a Meyer Lemon Tom Collins from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa is so easy to make and is perfect as a cocktail hour appetizer at the end of a hot summer day. The salsa is both smoky and spicy, and is wonderful with barbecue or carne asada.

Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa with a Meyer Lemon Tom Collins from Karen's Kitchen Stories

I usually keep a can or two of chipotles in adobo sauce on hand because it is so tasty. I dump the entire can (it's a small can) into a mini food processor and keep the stuff in the fridge to add to quesadillas, beans, tacos, burritos, and scrambled eggs. The mixture also adds a wonderful smokiness to guacamole.

Meyer Lemon Tom Collins from Karen's Kitchen Stories

Since it's cocktail hour on a hot summer day, I chose this refreshing Meyer Lemon Tom Collins to go with the salsa. It helps that we have a raggedy Meyer lemon tree that is always (as in year round) loaded (to the point that I could sell them at a farmers market) with a super sized version of the fruit.

Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa with a Meyer Lemon Tom Collins from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This cocktail is refreshing and thirst quenching, and not at all like the sticky sweet concoction made with Collins mixer. It's typically served in a highball glass, which I do not have (oooh, time to go shopping!), so I served these in water goblets.

Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa with a Meyer Lemon Tom Collins from Karen's Kitchen Stories

I found both of these recipes on the wonderful blog, K & K Test Kitchen, my assigned blog for this month's Secret Recipe Club. The blog is a collaboration by Kim and Kelsey, a mom and daughter team. How cool is that? I decided to make two of their recipes because there are two of them!

I have bookmarked their Tortilla soup, Corn Fritters and BLT Salad, and their French Dip, among many of their amazing recipes. I finally settled on this cocktail and appetizer to go with our warm summer evenings. Check out their blog for some amazing recipes and fun narrative.

Tomato and Corn Chipotle Salsa

Adapted from K&K Test Kitchen

Ingredients

1 C diced Roma tomatoes
3/4 C whole corn kernels (original recipe calls for 1/2 C)
2 chipotles in adobo, minced
1 T adobo sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 lime
freshly ground salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix. Serve immediately or refrigerate for later.

Meyer Lemon Tom Collins

Adapted from K&K Test Kitchen

Makes 2 cocktails

Ingredients

3 ounces gin
3 ounces juice from Meyer lemons
2 tsp sugar
ice 
Chilled club soda
Two Meyer lemon slices

Instructions

  1. Combine the gin, lemon juice, and sugar in a small measuring cup and stir until the sugar has dissolved. 
  2. Fill two highball glasses with ice. 
  3. Divide the gin/lemon/sugar mixture between the two glasses and fill each glass with the club soda. 
  4. Garnish with lemon slices. 
Cheers to summer!


44 comments:

  1. Wow, I love your idea of blending the whole can of chipotles--such a great tip. Both these recipes look great. Also, send me all your extra Meyer lemons! :)

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  2. Fabulous - a zingy, summery salsa, corn chips and a beautiful lemony Tom Collins - seems like the perfect way to spend a summer evening.
    Sue

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  3. Great alternative to regular salsa or guacamole for a starter - although I must say I would love some of it spread over grilled chicken breasts too ;-)

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    1. I definitely agree. I just had it in a chicken taco and it was great!

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  4. Nothing better on a hot summer night than a cold drink and a spicy app. Great pick this month!!

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  5. I can picture myself out of the deck, sipping on your Tom Collins recipe while munching on this beautiful corn salsa. Life is good :)
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

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  6. I want to come to your house for happy hour! These both sound perfect for a hot afternoon! Awesome pick this month :)

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    1. You are welcome any time Melissa =)

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  7. Thanks for visiting us this month and great choices! It has been way too long since I have made either recipe, and I think I will have to do just that now :)

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    1. Love your blog Kelsey. Thanks for the great recipes!!

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  8. Wow does that look like summer in a bowl! Great SRC pick!

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  9. Totally up my alley! I love chipotle sauce in adobo - and I do exactly what you do with it :-) Great pick this month!!

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  10. Ok the salsa looks good but that drink.... LOOKS AMAZING!!! Why is it only Monday!? Great picks!

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  11. Can it be 5 o'clock? I love the appetizer and drink combo. Perfect for summer time fun. Happy Reveal Day!

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  12. Looks and sounds so refreshing! I could have this for dinner. :)

    I'll have to give this drink a try - I'm a fan of gin and tonic, but this sounds even better!

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    1. I'm a total G&T person Cathy, and this is a great substitute!

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  13. Great recipes, I can't wait try try the salsa.

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    1. Thanks Rachel! I'm pretty sure you'll like it.

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  14. Perfect summer recipes - great SRC pick this month! I love corn salsa and will have to give this a go.

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  15. WOW Karen! STUNNING photos and a WONDERFUL SRC recipe too - so summery and very tasty looking! Karen

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  16. Oh wow Karen, you have an fabulous blog here! I can't wait to try so many of these recipes you have here! Your dishes look exquisite!!!

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  17. Shared with my followers at https://www.facebook.com/CulinaryAdventuresWithCamilla. Thanks for sharing. It looks fresh and amazing.

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  18. Beautiful photos! This looks delicious

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  19. Salsa and a cocktail? I love it!

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  20. Two perfectly complimentary summery goodies!! Great picks this month! Yumm....

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  21. You could send me some meyer lemons!! This salsa would be great for Cinco de Mayo celebrations!! I love meyer lemons, sounds awesome in a tom collins!

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  22. I've just recently gotten on the mixed drinks bandwagon, so this Tom Collins recipe is a great one for me to try. And the salsa is perfect for any season. I have some frozen corn that would work fine, but I'll bet the recipe will really shine when corn comes into season in a couple of months. The best part of this post for me is your tip about processing chilies in adobo and keeping them for adding to various dishes. I often have an open can, refrigerated, but I get intimidated by them. If they were processed into a sauce, I could just add a spot or more when the mood hit. Why didn't I think of that myself. Duh (as my kids would say)!

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  23. Hi Karen..Remember me from BFC?..I love love love the drink. Finally did the round up on my blog.. Thanks so much! Can't wait to make it :)

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    1. Hi Swayampurna! Love the roundup!! It would be perfect in your hot humid summers!

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