Plum, Raspberry, and Tarragon Soup

Photo: Anna Williams

Chilled fruit soup -- a combination of sweet plums, fresh raspberries, tarragon, white wine, and triple sec -- is a perfect foil to warm weather.


  • 1 ½ pounds (about 6) ripe red plums, plus 1 plum, skin on and cut into ¼-inch dice for garnish

  • 6 ounces raspberries, plus more for garnish

  • 1 cup white wine

  • 6 tablespoons sugar

  • 3 sprigs tarragon, plus more for garnish

  • 2 tablespoons triple sec, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier (optional)

  • ¼ cup water


  1. Fill a large bowl with ice and water; set aside. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add plums; blanch until skin begins to peel, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove plums from water; place in the ice bath until cool. Remove plums from ice bath, reserving ice bath.

  2. Peel plums, remove pits, cut into chunks, and place in a medium saucepan. Add the raspberries, wine, sugar, tarragon, triple sec (if using), and the water to the saucepan; cover, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium low, and allow to simmer until plums are falling apart, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to a clean bowl, and place in the reserved ice bath, stirring occasionally, until cold.

  3. Remove tarragon sprigs from cold mixture, and transfer mixture to a blender. Puree, working in batches if necessary. Serve garnished with diced plum, raspberries, and tarragon.

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