Tarragon Cooler

Fresh tarragon and cucumber flavors this alcohol-free chamomile sparkler.

6 fresh tarragon leaves
1-inch slice of cucumber, cut into cubes
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
1/2 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
1 oz. strong-brewed chamomile tea (chilled)
1/2 oz. sparkling water
Tools: mixing glass, muddler, fine-mesh strainer
Glass: tumbler
Garnish: sprig of tarragon

Place the first two ingredients in a pint glass filled with ice. Muddle all three, breaking up the cucumber and tarragon and crushing the ice. Add the simple syrup, lime juice and tea. Shake and double strain (a tea strainer works well) into an ice-filled glass. Top with sparkling water and garnish.

Kelley Swenson, Portland, Oregon