Tarragon Whiskey Sours

Thanksgiving is almost here! This year, instead of food recipes, I was thinking I would share a drink recipe with you. My friend Matt and his buddy Eric recently started a cocktail spice and beer sauce company called Addition. I have primarily been a hard cider drinker, so it’s only been lately that I have started getting into the whole craft cocktail thing. For me it started when Matt brought me some of Addition’s clove and cinnamon cocktail spices (still in test phase), promising it would make my cider taste like apple pie, and that it did. To me that was magic. A couple of years later, they were in full production with 25 cocktail spices and 3 beer sauces. Their philosophy? Every chef has a spice rack, why shouldn’t a bartender? And thus Addition was born. They also encourage their customers to expirement and that’s how I came up with this drink- The Tarragon Whiskey Sour. The cool thing about Addition cocktail spices is how subtly they can change the flavor of a classic drink. Tarragon is the perfect pairing for this drink, as it takes the sour down a notch and gives it a nice mellow tarragon and citrus flavor.


You have to make a simple syrup for this drink, but’s it just a matter of boiling water with sugar and adding fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice. It’s a little extra effort but so worth it!


Tarragon Whiskey Sours
Sour Mix
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup of fresh squeezed lemon and lime juice
Tarragon Whiskey Sour
  • 3 oz. bourbon
  • 1 oz. sour mix
  • 3 droppers of Addition's Tarragon Cocktail Spice
  • Soda Water
Sour mix-
  1. In a small pot, bring the water to a boil.
  2. Add the sugar and reduce heat to simmer.
  3. Stir constantly until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Add the lemon and lime juice.
  5. Stir until incorporated and then remove from heat.
  6. Let cool and then pour through a mesh strainer to remove and seeds.
Tarragon Whiskey Sour
  1. Fill a glass halfway with ice and pour in the bourbon and the sour mix.
  2. Stir.
  3. Fill the glass to the top with soda water.
  4. Add the Addition Tarragon Cocktail Spice.
  5. Stir.
  6. Garnish with lemon.

Stores that carry Addition*-


Wine World (University District)
Delaurenti (Pike Place Market)
E Smith Mercantile (Pioneer Square)
Capco Beverages (West Seattle)
Downtown Spirits
Liquor & Liquor (Tacoma)
Surgarpill (Capitol Hill)
Picnic (Greenwood)


The Meadow
Pearl Specialty

Los Angeles

The Cocktail Lab

New York

The Meadow
Chelsea Market Baskets

*the assortment at these stores may vary. Wine World has the full line, Delaurenti has almost the full line and the rest of the Seattle stores I know have the Tarragon.

Or order online at drinkaddition.com

They also have a couple of events coming up-

Dec 5-7th they will be selling their wares at Urban Craft Uprising

Thursday, Dec 11, from 6:00pm to 7:00pm they’ll be at MOHAI for Antifreeze, where Matt will be doing a short presentation about how to use cocktail spices in other holiday drinks, like eggnog and hot cider.

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

**This is not a sponsored post. All views expressed are my own.

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