Friday, June 7, 2013

Cocktail du jour: Sparkling Tarragon Gin Lemonade

Mr. C&G got some new toys today. If I were smart I would have intercepted the UPS guy and hid them away for Father's Day. But I'm not that quick, and I desperately need a drink. It's been a very long week, with the end of school and all the insanity that goes with it. Concerts! Field trips! Baseball! Teacher gifts! And plenty more craziness as we barrel towards June 14th. So I put the bartender and his new muddler to work and here's what he put in my hand to chill me right out.

In a rare moment of down time this week while the boys were getting their summer buzz cuts, I got to browse through the June issue of Bon Appetit magazine. Inside I found the perfect cocktail recipe to break in the new fancy muddler. It's very refreshing with a nice balance of sweet and sour, and the tarragon adds a tiny hint of licorice. Mix this pitcher of lemonade up and you'll easily put the hectic week behind you.

Sparkling Tarragon Gin Lemonade

10 large sprigs tarragon
2 lemons, thinly sliced
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 cup gin
3/4 cup St. Germain (elderflower liqueur)
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
12 oz club soda

Muddle tarragon sprigs, lemon slices, and sugar in a large pitcher. Add gin, St. Germain, lemon juice, and club soda. Add ice and stir to combine. Serve over ice, makes 6 servings.

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