Cold Honey Melon Soup And Tarragon Syrup With White And Red Florida Grapefruit


For the Tarragon Syrup:

  • 2-1/2 ounces of fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 ounces of sugar

For the Soup:

  • 1 sweet and ripe honey melon
  • 4 tablespoons Pernod
  • 2 red Florida Grapefruits
  • 1 white Florida Grapefruit


Prepare the Tarragon Syrup:

Blanch the tarragon leaves for 1 minute in boiling water. Poor in a sieve and wash the leaves immediately with cold water. Using your hands, squeeze all the moisture out of the leaves and cut in small pieces. Bring water and sugar to a boil, let it cool off and add the tarragon. Mash the mixture in the blender till you have a smooth green ‘syrup’.

Prepare the Soup:

Peel the skin of the grapefruit up to the flesh (till all white is removed) and cut the slices out of the skin. Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds. Scoop the flesh out of the melon, mash in the blender with Pernod and mix on high speed until a foamy mixture appears. Divide the grapefruit slices in cold deep plates. Pour the melon foam alongside and sprinkle half a tablespoon of tarragon syrup on top.