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Tarragon Gin Lemonade exists on a higher plane than other gin and lemon cocktails. Its slight anise flavor enhances the lemon and highlights the herbaceous tones of the gin. Add in a bit of Elderflower and the result is a bright, crisp cocktail that is perfect for a hot summer’s evening!~By Wet Whistle Drinks by Darla Bentley

Tarragon Gin Lemonade

To make this drink family friendly, simply omit the gin and the elderflower liqueur! 

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  • 2 Lemons Sliced
  • 10 Sprigs Tarragon
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Cups Water
  • 2 Cups Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 1/4 Cups Gin
  • 3/4 Cup Elderflower Liqueur


  1. Put sliced lemons, tarragon sprigs and 1/2 cup of sugar in a bowl or pitcher. Muddle together firmly but don't emaciate the tarragon. Bruise it.

  2. Add the water, fresh lemon juice and 2 cups of sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.

  3. Add gin and elderflower liqueur stir well.  

  4. Strain into a highball glass with ice or fill a shaker halfway with ice. Shake 4-6 ounces in a shaker cup and strain into a cocktail or martini glass.  Garnish with tarragon and a lemon wedge