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.
- 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
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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