Summer

Summer's Kiss "Mojito"

July 14, 2015
Photo by hardlikearmour
Author Notes

This is a play on a mojito featuring the pale green juice from a Summer Kiss melon and tarragon in place of mint. It makes an ethereally pale green cocktail. It's a lovely evening sipper, and would also be a fantastic brunch cocktail (perhaps with some dry sparkling wine instead of seltzer). If you can't find a Summer Kiss melon, go ahead and substitute honeydew. If you don't feel like booze, omit the rum and add extra seltzer. —hardlikearmour

  • Makes 2 highball cocktails
Ingredients
  • Tarragon simple syrup (makes about 3/4 cup)
  • 3.5 ounces granulated sugar (1/2 cup)
  • 4 ounces water (1/2 cup)
  • 1 ounce fresh tarragon sprigs
  • Summer Kiss Mojito
  • 1/2 Summer Kiss melon (half should weigh about 1 1/4 lbs)
  • 4 ounces white rum
  • 2 ounces fresh pressed lime juice
  • 1 ounce tarragon simple syrup
  • ice
  • 8-12 ounces selzer (or bone dry sparkling wine)
  • 2 fresh tarragon sprigs (optional garnish)
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Tarragon simple syrup (makes about 3/4 cup)
  2. Combine sugar and water in a small sauce pan. Heat over medium, swirling the pan occasionally, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to simmer.
  3. Remove from heat and add the tarragon, bending or breaking them to fit in the pan. Cover and allow to come to room temperature. Strain into a 1/2 pint jar or other suitable container. Refrigerate. Will keep for about a month.
  1. Summer Kiss Mojito
  2. Seed melon half, and cut into slices. Remove the rind, and cut the flesh into chunks. Place chunks in blender, and purée until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a 2-cup measure. You should have about 3/4 cup juice.
  3. Add rum, lime juice, and simple syrup to the melon juice. Stir to combine thoroughly, then divide between 2 highball glasses. Add several ice cubes, and top each glass with 4-6 ounces of selzer. Garnish with tarragon sprigs if desired.
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