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Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic

September 23, 2013

Jenny is in perpetual search for easy, weeknight recipes to attempt to feed her family. When they balk, she just eats more.

Today: A love story, starring gin and tarragon.

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin & Tonic from Food52

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True love asks nothing of us, but rather gives without expectation or promise. Clearly I am talking about tarragon here. Well, also gin. 

The cool gin cocktails out there in the bars are numerous and exciting, although a well-made gimlet usually does the trick for me. But something a tad herbal, something that enhances gin’s natural vegetal underpinnings, can really sing. 

Enter Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic. We are talking about a sort of grown up lady’s greyhound, mixing gin (I like Green Hat, a local DC company, but you use what you’ve got) mixed with the citrus kick of grapefruit and the French twist of tarragon. Sugar is essential to these drinks for balance; if you don’t have turbinado sugar, go ahead and add some simple sugar. 

Drink up friends, preferably with someone who shares your passion for these things. 

Grapefruit Gin and Tonic from Food52

Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic by mrslarkin

Serves 1

2 sprigs fresh tarragon, plus extra for garnish
1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
2 ounces fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit, strained
2 ounces gin
5 ounces tonic water
A sliver of grapefruit

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photo by James Ransom

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MrsWheelbarrow September 24, 2013
Oh, this looks divine!
mrslarkin September 24, 2013
Yay! So glad you stumbled upon this one, Jenny. Isn't it lovely?
LukePF September 23, 2013
I have never been so sad that I am on antibiotics as I am right now. I love gin & grapefruit (swapped in for the lemon in a French 75), and I love grapefruit and tarragon (in my poundcake). This is clearly the best cocktail EVER.
Panfusine September 23, 2013
Love it!. Should I feel guilty about thinking of trying this on Monday morning?