Gazpacho with Coca-Cola® Reduction


  • 2/3 cup Coca-Cola, divided
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2/3 cup tomato or vegetable juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
  • 3 tomatoes, seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded, cored, and chopped
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1 large cucumber, seeded and chopped
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves


  1. Bring half of Coca-Cola and half of vinegar to a boil over medium-high heat in medium saucepan. Cook about 3 minutes or until liquid measures about 2 tablespoons.
  1. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining Coca-Cola, remaining vinegar, oil, tomato juice and ground red pepper. Pulse tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, shallot, cucumber and tomato juice mixture together in food processor or blender until mixture becomes a rough puree. (Work in batches, if necessary.)
  1. Season with salt and black pepper and chill several hours. Serve gazpacho in chilled bowls with dollop of sour cream. Drizzle with cooled syrup and garnish with basil.
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