Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic
If I was to choose one boozy beverage to sip for the rest of my days it would be the classic “G & T”…gin & tonic, with a squeeze of lime.  It’s refreshing, lightly fizzy, lovingly sour, perfectly bitter, and just a smidge sweet.  Most people tend to sip it in the warm spring or summer months, but I indulge year ’round – although there is little else that’s better than an ice cold gin & tonic on a hot, sunny evening after a long day’s work.  And that’s about where we’re at right now – it’s officially G & T season!

As a gin-lover, I wanted to venture into other flavors; expand my gin horizon.  Citrus pairs so nicely with the juniper flavor of gin (gin is distilled with juniper berries which gives it it’s signature taste), and I had a bunch of fresh tarragon from the farmers market.  I thought the anise/licorice flavor of the tarragon would compliment the juniper and citrus flavors.  {it does!}  Rather than make a simple syrup with these ingredients, I decided to go the route of the mint julip…muddle time!

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic
I put several tarragon leaves in the bottom of a jar, add a bit of sugar, a healthy squeeze of fresh grapefruit juice and mash it all together with a muddler or blunt end of a kitchen utensil.  (I bought the wooden muddler pictured on ebay for $2, or you could probably find them at thrift stores)  Muddling allows you to bruise the leaves so they release their essential oils.

Muddled tarragon below – you can see the leaves are well-bruised and the sugar has dissolved.  There’s loads of flavor down in that jar.

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic
Then just add a handful of ice, a shot of gin, and shake!  With the lid on!

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic
Fill the rest of the jar with a good quality tonic water – not the high fructose corn syrup kind.  Give it a stir with your straw and you’re ready to sip the night away!  It’s wonderfully citrusy and herby…herbal?…herbacious?  You get the picture.  Cheers!

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic

  • Servings: makes 1 drink
  • Difficulty: easy
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5 – 6 tarragon leaves
1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon sugar (I used vanilla sugar – sugar with a split and seeded vanilla bean in a jar)
wedge of 1/8 of a grapefruit (cut grapefruit in half then quarters)
1 shot of gin (1 1/2 oz.)
tonic water (about 3 fluid ounces – half of a 6.8 oz. bottle)

Add tarragon leaves and sugar to a 12 oz. mason jar.  Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit wedge into the jar and muddle until the tarragon leaves are bruised and fragrant.  Add a handful of ice and a shot of gin.  Put the lid on and shake.  Add more ice if needed and top off with tonic water.  Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.  Enjoy!


4 thoughts on “Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic

  1. We love a good gin and tonic as well and agree anytime is G&T time but haven’t thought to use tarragon before. Definitely all over grapefruit though, great pairing with gin

  2. What a great idea to incorporate tarragon with the grapefruit. Fantastic photo as well – cheers!

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