The heat wave did, however, spur on the ripening of our local melons, and at a recent trip to the local farmstand, I scored some small, perfect watermelons. Nothing says cool summer evening like watermelon, or fizz!
I also had a large pot of tarragon sitting in the patio, that needed cutting back before the heat wave drove it to flower. And so, the Watermelon Tarragon Fizz was borne. The fruitiness of the watermelon, combined with the anise notes of the tarragon, combined with bubbles, created a refreshingly cool drink.
Watermelon Tarragon Fizz
Shake the following with ice:
2 oz. watermelon puree
2 oz. gin (one with more floral notes works best)
1/2 oz tarragon syrup*
1/4 oz Pastis
Strain into highball glass over ice, and top with club soda. Garnish with a tarragon leaf and enjoy!
* 1 cup water + 1 cup sugar, with 1/2 cup tarragon leaves, simmered for 10 minutes and strained. Syrup can also be used to dress fruit salads.
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