Blackberry-Tarragon Cooler

Beat the seasonal heat with a delightful Blackberry-Tarragon Cooler.

Blackberry-Tarragon Cooler
 
Makes 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups fresh blackberries
  • ½ cup fresh tarragon leaves
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 cup gin
  • 1 cup tonic water
  • 8 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • Garnish: fresh blackberries, lemon slices, fresh tarragon leaves
Instructions
  1. Place 4 serving glasses in refrigerator to chill.
  2. In a small saucepan, stir together sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until mixture has reduced to ½ cup, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small measuring cup. Let cool completely.
  3. For each serving, place ½ cup blackberries and 2 tablespoons tarragon into a cocktail shaker; muddle until combined. (If you don’t have a cocktail muddler, you can use the handle of a wooden spoon.) Add ½ cup crushed ice, ¼ cup gin, ¼ cup tonic water, 2 tablespoons simple syrup, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice. Cover and shake well. Strain over ice into a chilled serving glass. Garnish with blackberries, lemon slices, and tarragon, if desired.

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