Honeydew-Lemon-Tarragon Cooler

honeydew-lemon-tarragon cooler cocktail
Photo: Linda Xiao
Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
6 to 8 Serves

Just like its sister melons, watermelon and cantaloupe, honeydew makes an excellent agua-fresca-style cooler for hot summer days. Blend chunks of the sweet-and-clean-tasting fruit with a tarragon-infused syrup and fresh lemon juice and get ready to kick back and relax, ideally by the pool.


  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup lightly packed tarragon sprigs, plus more for serving

  • 6 cups peeled, chopped honeydew melon

  • cup fresh lemon juice

  • Floral gin, such as Hendrick's (optional)


  1. In a small heatproof bowl, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over sugar and tarragon; stir until sugar has dissolved. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes. Strain syrup into a blender; discard tarragon.

  2. Add honeydew, lemon juice, and 1 3/4 cups cold water; blend until smooth. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve.

  3. Serve over ice, garnished with a tarragon sprig, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3 days. If using gin, stir a shot (1-ounce) into each glass before serving.

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