Thirsty Thursday: The Tarragon Cocktail
The Recipe: The Tarragon Cocktail
Why We Love It
This cocktail, which was first created at the The Inn at Honey Run in Holmes County, Ohio, is all about bringing together just a few complementary ingredients into the perfect sip. And, it allows the true flavors of the base alcohol (in this case, Watershed Gin) to shine through and not be overpowered by everything else. You don’t often see tarragon in cocktails (or in many dishes, for that matter), but it’s a wonderful herb that has a delicate flavor of citrus and anise (aka licorice) that pairs perfectly with a juniper-based gin.
The Drink Master: Brian Samuels
Food Photographer and Blogger
Brian is a Boston-based food blogger, photographer, and proprietor of the blog A Thought for Food. His recipes are seasonal, his writing thoughtful, and his photography absolutely amazing. Seriously, it’s not fair how good of a photographer he is. Just kidding (kind of), but we’re glad that we get to share in his passion for cooking and cocktail-making through his words and the lens of his camera. Most recently (and very appropriately), Brian teamed up with fellow bloggers Russell van Kraayenburg of Chasing Delicious, Ken Leung of Hungry Rabbit, and Michael Lewicki of Verses from My Kitchen to create The Boys’ Club, a new blog documenting the stories, experiences, and recipes behind a unique set of cocktail creations.
The Tip: Infuse Your Own Syrups
If you’ve been to a cocktail bar lately, you’ve probably been amazed at the creativity (and complex sounding) homemade ingredients that are going into some of these concoctions, like honeysuckle-chile or blueberry-ginger-mint. It turns out, these infused syrups are really easy to make in your own kitchen:
- Make a basic simple syrup by bringing equal parts sugar and water to a boil. Simmer until sugar is dissolved
- Remove from heat, add your flavorings (herbs and spices work great), cover, and allow to sit for up to 20 minutes.
- Cool, strain, and store in a jar in the fridge for up to a month.
The heat from the syrup extracts the flavor from whatever you add to it and the longer you let it sit, the more intense the flavor will be. Hate little chewy bits in your drinks? No problem - straining the final product ensures you get only the essence of the flavoring. The possibilities are endless so get creative and let us know what you come up with!
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