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Lemon Dew Soda

Lemonade Recipe

A perfect match of savory tarragon and sweet honeydew.

Savory tarragon meets sweet honeydew in this lemon soda from April White’s book Lemonade with Zest. These measurements make enough for a pitcher, to serve 4-6.


  • ⅔ cup still water
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon
  • 1 medium ripe honeydew
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ⅔ cup cold sparkling water
  • Tools:blender, fine-mesh sieve, rubber spatula
  • Glass:pitcher


Remove the rind and seeds from the honeydew. Roughly chop the honeydew flesh and transfer it to a blender. Blend until fully liquid. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh sieve, pressing on the solids with a rubber spatula. For smoother lemonade, strain twice.

Reserve the liquid and discard the solids. Measure 2 cups honeydew juice. In a pitcher, stir together the syrup, honeydew juice, and lemon juice. Refrigerate until cold. Before serving, stir in the sparkling water. Serve over ice cubes.

Tarragon Syrup: In a saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the still water and sugar to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and add the tarragon. Cool the syrup to room temperature and refrigerate overnight. Remove the tarragon from the syrup.

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