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.
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.
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.
Muddler, cocktail shaker and strainer
|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 44g||16%|
|Dietary Fiber 6g||22%|
|Total Sugars 29g|
|Vitamin C 149mg||747%|
|*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.|