a memorial day libation

This weekend officially kicks off summer for many and for this reason it is one of my favorite weekends of the year. From here on in it’s all about al fresco dinners, many hours outdoors, sundresses, and days at the beach.  As you head out to your respective parties this weekend, I thought a special cocktail would be appropriate to share.

I wanted to make a cocktail with something from Friday’s farmer’s market and came across this recipe from who else but Martha Stewart {?} for a sorrel-lime cooler.  I adapted this recipe slightly by incorporating tarragon {my favorite herb} which compliments the flavor of sorrel nicely and adds to the depth of the cocktail.  The overall flavor of this drink is a nice balance of citrus with a smooth finish from the agave.  It would be a welcome addition to almost any summer meal given it’s clean taste.

Sorrel is in season now and is a unique green that is incredibly sour with a lemony flavor.  Tarragon too has a lemony-anise flavor which is why they work well together {basil would work well here also}.
This recipe is great with or without alcohol.

1/4 cup agave nectar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup thinly sliced sorrel leaves
handful of tarragon, chopped
4 limes, quartered, plus 4 thin rounds, for garnish
40 ounces seltzer, chilled
splash of gin {optional}


Combine agave nectar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring. Let syrup fully cool, then transfer to a blender or food processor and puree with sorrel and tarragon until smooth. Pour syrup through a fine sieve into a bowl and discard solids {I would suggest that if time permits make this the night before and refrigerate to allow the flavors to mull together overnight resulting in a more fragrant mix}.

Squeeze lime quarters into a bowl. Add quarters to bowl and gently smash with the back of a wooden spoon to release the oils in the rind. Transfer to pitcher, add sorrel syrup and seltzer. Serve over ice, garnished with lime rounds.  Top with a splash of gin or enjoy without.

Makes enough for 4 rocks size glasses.

cheers to you this holiday weekend!


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Event Planning & Public Relations in the Boston Area specializing in fashion, beauty, textiles & consumer goods.
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