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The Tippler: Plum Tarragon Smash

Plum Tarragon Smash

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.

And in case you were in need of some beautiful, inspiring things to pair with this summery cocktail, might I suggest:

The brand-new, gorgeously curated Kinfolk Magazine, launched today.

The super clever, totally original Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box. You get an original 7″ record each month, plus food, recipes and ideas to compliment. So rad.

Happy Friday, all. Chin chin!

Tarragon, Plums, Lime, Muddler

The Plum Tarragon Smash is part of The July Seasonal Food Guide.

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.

  • Sarah - This looks delightful!
    Where did you get that sexy muddler? I like the look of it!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberley - @Sarah: My awesome sister got it for me! It’s an Italian company – I’ll do some sleuthing.ReplyCancel

  • la domestique - oooh, I’m with Sarah- the muddler is sexy! Plus the tarragon plum combo sounds like a winner.ReplyCancel

  • Kasey - You’re the best! This drink sounds delishhhhh. I want one now!ReplyCancel

  • NicoleD - Oooo. I adore the deep color that plums give. Everything in the post is beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • Bianca - I love drinks that go easy on me- dark roads are no fun. Also you had me at hello with the plums!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah - Awesome, thanks! If you do find out, drop me a line on Twitter @FFASBlog


  • Brian @ A Thought For Food - I would have been completely satisfied with a traditional whiskey smash… but gosh darn it this looks magnificent! Beautiful job, darling!!!ReplyCancel

  • Donald - You could make that masher with one hand tied behind your back!
    A year in food product!!ReplyCancel

  • Mika - This looks delicious…I love that you use plums here…it seems a summer strong sangria ^_^ReplyCancel

  • Joanne - Given that one drink turns me into a total lush these days, I’m glad you lightened this up a bit. One is all I’d need to get me to a happy place…although I bet it tastes so good that I’d be hard put to stop there!ReplyCancel

  • nicole franzen - yum looks delish and super refreshing. So hot here, can I have that now :)ReplyCancel

  • Lynda - Wonderful – all the possibilities…ReplyCancel

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie - Gorgeous! And the magazine is just stunning!ReplyCancel

  • Laken - I just came across your blog and it is lovely!

    And this recipe sounds perfect. Bookmarking :)ReplyCancel

  • Season with Reason - Okra and whiskey all in the same month? I knew I liked you.

    I’m actually doing okra this week – my photos can’t compete, but we’ve been eating well.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth @ Saffron Lane - Yes! I have been patiently waiting for this one and can’t wait to concoct my own soon. And, I have to agree, the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box is pretty darn rad.ReplyCancel

  • kankana - The smash is indeed smashing! Love the clear color and looks so perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Cookie and Kate - Oh boy, that looks good! I’ll keep an eye out for fresh tarragon this summer. I’m all about market-fresh cocktails!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - This drink and this photo are both gorgeous! I love the glass super classy. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • Fresh and Original Summer Cocktails « Wanderings - […] simple syrup? This drink was born of my want to not let the canning syrup go to waste, and this plum tarragon smash assured me I was on the right path! The […]ReplyCancel

  • Myr - Try substituting the sparkling water with tarragon soda, if you can get your hands on it. It’s delicious either way, but the tarragon soda (tarhun) does wonders for the crispness of the flavors.ReplyCancel

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