Kiwi Cooler

[Photo: Maggie Hoffman]

This easy one-bottle cocktail is cooling and a little unusual. Sweet kiwi is accented with the slightly licoricey flavor of tarragon. Gin is the perfect addition, with its herbal notes tying into the tarragon's flavor. Tart lime and soda make it extra refreshing. A tarragon frond garnish emphasizes the herb's aroma.

I don't mind the little black seeds that fall to the bottom of this drink—they help you remember that you're drinking a kiwi—but feel free to use a fine strainer if you want to remove them.

Note: To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. If your kiwi is super-sweet, you might not need the full half ounce called for here.

About the Author: Maggie Hoffman is a Senior Editor at Serious Eats, based in San Francisco. She founded Serious Eats: Drinks in 2011. You can follow her on Twitter @maggiejane.

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Kiwi Cooler

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 cocktail
Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:muddler, cocktail shaker and strainer

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe kiwi, peeled and cut in half
  • 18 fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounces London Dry Gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lime juice, from 1 large lime
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note above)
  • 3 ounces chilled seltzer
  • Garnish: tarragon sprig

Procedures

  1. 1

    Add kiwi and tarragon to mixing glass and muddle until kiwi is liquified, about 30 seconds. Add gin, lime, and simple syrup. Fill mixing glass with ice and shake until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into ice-filled glass, top with seltzer and stir gently before serving, garnished with a tarragon sprig.

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