Kiwi Cooler Recipe

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

Rate & Comment


  • 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)

  • 3 ounces chilled seltzer

  • Garnish: tarragon sprig


  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.


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.

Special Equipment

Muddler, cocktail shaker and strainer

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
272 Calories
1g Fat
44g Carbs
3g Protein
Show Full Nutrition Label Hide Full Nutrition Label
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 272
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 6g 22%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 149mg 747%
Calcium 93mg 7%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 660mg 14%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)