Cocktail Sunday’s are back!
A vodka gimlet is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you imagine a fall cocktail. You probably imagine something with bourbon or apples, right? I love more typical fall cocktails as well, but this tarragon vodka gimlet really hits the spot. This cocktail tastes bright and fresh, with just a hint of the warming tarragon flavor.
This drink is inspired by the Au Provence cocktail that used to be on the drink menu at Eastern Standard, one of my favorite cocktail bars in Boston. It may not be as classically fall-like as cinnamon or apples, but tarragon reminds me of hearty warming meals, preferably back in France. But you don’t have to travel to France, just mix up this cocktail and pretend you’re heading to Provence.
- 1½ ounces vodka
- 1 ounce tarragon syrup
- ¾-1 ounce fresh lime juice
- 4 ounces of water
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons tarragon leaves
- Bring the water and sugar to boil in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the tarragon leaves. Let infuse for a few hours, then strain into an airtight container and store in the fridge. The syrup will last for a few weeks.
- Add the vodka, lime juice, and tarragon syrup to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well then strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a sprig of tarragon if desired.