This Sweet Beet Strawberry & Tarragon Vodka Smash is a unique and fun summer cocktail. The savory sweet beet tarragon simple syrup blends perfectly with juicy strawberries. This recipe was made in partnership with Prairie Organic Spirits.
I’m really excited to share today’s drink recipe with you. If you are a regular around here then you probably already know that I make a hobby out of throwing vegetables and unlikely fruit pairings into my cocktails for a unique flavor boost. Today’s recipe is no exception. Although my favorite profile flavor combo has always savory and sweet, earthy and sweet has slowly been creeping in at a close second.
This Sweet Beet Strawberry & Tarragon Vodka Smash covers all the bases: sweet from the fruit, earthy from the beets and tarragon, boozy from the vodka, and refreshing from the top off of sparkling water. It is whipped up in a pitcher for a quick turnaround for your guests.
You need to be careful when making the beet tarragon syrup as the tarragon can quickly over flavor the entire syrup if it steeps for too long. A tiny hint of tarragon brings an extra level of herbiness to this drink but too much tarragon flavor will leave the cocktail with an unappealing licorice taste. If you don’t have tarragon or are not a fan, you can skip adding any herbs to the syrup and then muddle a few mint leaves with the strawberries for a brighter and fresher cocktail.
I used Prairie Organic Vodka for this cocktail and was excited to find the mellow flavor left no bad alcoholic aftertaste for these. I must say that I always seek out organic produce but never thought to do so with my alcohol until now! This vodka is smooth and doesn’t overpower the cocktail like a cheaper brands might. Make sure your strawberries are ripe and juicy because we want them to be adding a natural sweetness to this cocktail that will be missed if the strawberries are dull.
This Sweet Beet Strawberry & Tarragon Vodka Smash is a unique and fun summer cocktail. The savory sweet beet tarragon simple syrup blends perfectly with juicy strawberries.
- 3 medium golden beets peeled and chopped
- 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 3 sprigs fresh tarragon
- 1/4 cup Beet Tarragon Simple Syrup
- 2 cups fresh strawberries tops removed
- juice from 2 limes
- 1 cup vodka
- 2 cups sparkling water
- thinly sliced golden beets
- Lime wedges
- Fresh mint and tarragon
Add golden beet chunks, granulated sugar, and water into a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Remove from heat, add tarragon, cover, and let sit for another 15 minutes.
Strain syrup into a clean jar. Let cool completely before using.
Add syrup and strawberries to a large pitcher. Use a muddler or handle of a wooden spoon to smash the strawberries in the bottom of the pitcher. Add lime juice, vodka, and sparkling water.
Garnish with beets, strawberries, tarragon, and mint.
This post was made in collaboration with and sponsored by the generous folks at Prairie Organic Spirits but all opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make VV possible. Enjoy responsibly, 21+ only.