6 cups beef, chicken, or vegetable stock
12-15 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup brandy or sherry (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Cayenne pepper to taste (optional)
Bring the stock, garlic, and bouquet garni to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer covered for 1 hour. Add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine well. Strain the soup and discard the garlic and bouquet garni. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours and adjust the seasoning before serving. Serves 4 to 6.