This is not your traditional Whiskey Smash. But that’s okay. Smashes are typically strong, dangerously strong, and their strength is often masked by a surplus of sugar, and this just leads people down a dark road. We don’t want that. It’s summer, after all, right?
Instead, this version showcases plums at their finest, tethered by the subtle, anisette taste of fresh tarragon, rounded out with lime juice and just enough sugar, and lightened with a splash of sparkling water to keep a single round from making you do embarrassing, regrettable things.
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Happy Friday, all. Chin chin!
The Plum Tarragon Smash is part of The July Seasonal Food Guide.
PLUM TARRAGON SMASH
Yield: 1 drink
1.5 ounces whiskey
1 ounce sparkling water
3/4 ounce simple syrup
1/4 plum, sliced in thirds
1/4 lime, sliced in half
1 sprig tarragon, leaves removed from woody stem
Combine the sliced plum, lime, tarragon, whiskey and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle thoroughly using either a cocktail muddler or a large wooden spoon. Add the sparkling water.
Pour into an old-fashioned glass and fill with ice.