On a cutting board, lightly sprinkle the garlic with a pinch of salt and smash it into a paste with the flat side of a large knife.
Mix the smashed garlic, tomatoes, roughly chopped cucumbers, scallions, bell peppers, jalapenos, parsley and mint in a large bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in the olive oil and sherry, and toss well.
Add half of the vegetable mixture to a blender and pulse. Add half of the tomato juice and 2 ice cubes. Pour into a large bowl. Repeat with the remaining ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour for the flavors to come together.
Divide among chilled soup bowls, drizzle with olive oil, garnish with cubed cucumbers, if using, and serve.
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