Red Pepper and Tomato Vodka Soup
A generous slug of vodka turns this easy red pepper soup into a smart dinner party starter that is guaranteed to warm up your guests.
Put the peppers, garlic, onion, stock, tomato juice, sugar and soy sauce in a pan and bring to the boil.
Lower the heat, cover the pan and simmer gently for 1 hour.
Liquidise the soup in batches until smooth.
Season with freshly ground black pepper and stir in the basil and vodka.
Serve immediately or reheat when needed, garnishing each serving with a teaspoonful of soured cream and a scattering of finely diced tomato and some small basil leaves.
Making the soup in advance will allow its rich flavours to develop. If the peppers are very large, the finished soup may need thinning to the desired consistency with a little extra stock or water.
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