Grapefruit Tarragon Gin and Tonic

July 1, 2013

Test Kitchen-Approved

Author Notes:

Grapefruit and tarragon are a great flavor pairing. I've used it in some cooking applications, and wanted to try out a boozy drink with the two. It's a multi-sensory experience. First your eye is drawn to the pretty pinks and greens. Then your nose picks up the anise-y aroma of the tarragon. And lastly, the bittersweet grapefruit and tonic work their magic. I use Comb 9 gin, because of its awesomeness, but use what you like.


Serves: one


  • 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
In This Recipe


  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the tarragon and the sugar. Add a handful of ice cubes, the grapefruit juice and the gin. Shake it up.
  2. Fill a tall glass halfway with ice cubes. Add a sprig of tarragon, and sliver of grapefruit. Pour contents of shaker into glass. Top off with tonic water. Cheers!

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Reviews (5) Questions (0)

5 Reviews

Carol September 6, 2015
Never been a fan of Gin, but have been on a Tarragon rage this summer. Had a grapefruit laying around that was very ripe. Heard Hendrick's was good Gin and let me say OMG is this good. California wines have been my comfort zone so this is a major shift, shaken served in martini glass. Try this!
MaryAlice May 12, 2014
This was a wonderful drink. I have a tarragon plant, so the herb was fresh. Loved it.
mauigirlcooks January 10, 2014
This sounds like a fantastic drink! I recently had a drink with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice, vodka & fresh basil-yum!
checker July 3, 2013
So here I was, thinking how much I do actually miss this place, and thought I would pop over to your page to see what you were up to. And if you didn't post a GIN recipe with the flavor combo you taught me! New favorite drink! Yes! Yes! Yes!
Author Comment
mrslarkin July 3, 2013
:) Thought of you as I sipped this.