This Gin Lemonade Cocktail contains the ultimate mix of refreshing herbs, spices, and citrus elements to make it the perfect treat for hot summer days.
Northern California Craft Distilleries
I collaborated with six different distilleries for this series of posts:
- St. George Spirits (Alameda)
- Young and Yonder Spirits (Healdsburg)
- Griffo Distillery (Petaluma)
- New Alchemy Distilling (El Dorado Hills)
- Sipsong Spirits (Windsor)
- Sonoma Brothers Distilling (Windsor)
Northern California is such a spirited area and I wanted to highlight some of the fun and innovating craft spirits being made here. These distilleries generously gave me tours, tastings, and donated bottles of gin for these posts. But of course, all opinions are my own.Jump to Recipe
Fizzy or Neat
There are two separate ways to serve this Gin Lemonade Cocktail. The first is the fizzy way, as the recipe is written. But if you want a more spirit-forward cocktail with no fizz and no ice, you can double strain the shaken drink into a chilled coupe or rocks glass. The flavor is more concentrated in the neat version, so I like doing them when I feel like something stronger.
Shrub and Gin Pairing
This Gin Lemonade Cocktail will vary in taste depending on what gin you use. Each distillery adds different botanicals, so the same cocktail made with another gin will result in its own distinctive version.
You can read through my thoughts on how I think these gins pair with the Orange Shrub with Cardamom and Thyme if you want but whatever gins you use, keep these tips in mind:
- Smell the gins and the shrubs together to see what stands out
- Taste the shrubs and gins together but don’t be discouraged from trying to make a cocktail with a pairing you didn’t like. You might be surprised how the flavors you didn’t like are tempered in a full cocktail.
- Rather than thinking along the lines of like and dislike, think more about what flavors are really standing out and how you can either emphasize them or temper them.
The cardamom flavor really came through more than the orange, making the shrub taste more like a lemon shrub. There was a small amount of honey flavor and the overall feeling was very smooth.
Orange shrubs for the win! This was my second favorite pairing. It was slightly spicy with an almost equal amount of orange and lemon flavor. I think the cardamom made the gin flavor stand out more.
I think the cardamom made this pairing taste more like a gin drink than a tequila-based drink. It had nice orange flavor with lemon notes and a small spearmint finish.
A very smooth orange flavor with slight honey notes. Even though you can taste the orange it also emphasizes the candied/yellow skittle flavor.
Very warm and smooth with a spearmint-type feel on the tongue and the back of the throat
Almost too sweet, a lot of honey and chamomile flavors
Very sweet, increases the flower and honey flavors
Very lemon-orange candied taste that is very sweet
This pairing reminded me of limoncello
DIY Gin Bar Recipes
Here are all the recipes that are part of the DIY Gin Bar!
- Strawberry Gin Fizz
- Blackberry Gin Fizz
- Mint Gin Fizz
- Lemon Gin Fizz with Cucumber and Dill
- Orange Gin Fizz
- Gin Lemonade Cocktail
- Strawberry Shrub with Basil and Peppercorn
- Blackberry Shrub with Vanilla and Earl Grey
- Lemon Shrub with Cardamom and Mint
- Orange Shrub with Cardamom and Thyme
- Orange Shrub Recipe with Yunnan Tea and Szechuan Peppers
- Vanilla Bean Sugar
- Orange Sugar with Szechuan Peppers
- Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom
- DIY Citrus Sugar with Lemon and Dill
- Lemon and Lavender Infused Sugar
- Orange-Basil Strawberry Mocktail
- Vanilla Earl Grey Blackberry Mocktail
- Sparkling Basil Lemon Mocktail
- Lemon-Dill Cucumber Mocktail
- Rosemary & Mint Lemonade Mocktail
Gin Lemonade Cocktail
- 5 mint leaves
- 1/2 a rosemary sprig
- 1/2 inch thick lemon slice
- 1 teaspoon Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom*
- 2 ounces gin*
- 1 ounce Orange Shrub with Cardamom and Thyme*
- Club soda to top or to taste I used Fever-Tree Club Soda
Place a handful or two of ice in a highball glass.
In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves, rosemary sprig, lemon slice, and sugar together until the mint is very aromatic and slightly bruised looking and the sugar is mostly dissolved.
Add the gin and shrub and top with ice.
Shake well, until the shaker is very cold and is sweating.
Strain into the prepared glass, top with club soda and garnish. You can garnish with a lemon wedge or slice, mint leaves, rosemary, and edible flowers if desired.
*See the recipe for Lemon Zest Sugar with Cardamom here
*See the recipe for this Orange Shrub with Cardamom and Thyme here
Neat Version: Double strain into a chilled coupe or rocks glass and garnish
This Gin Lemonade Cocktail will taste different depending on what gin you use. Each distillery adds different botanicals, so the same cocktail made with another gin will result in its own distinctive version.
Gins I used with this drink & in the DIY Gin Bar:
- St. George Spirits, Botanivore Gin
- St. George Spirits, Terroir Gin
- St. George Spirits, Dry Rye Gin
- Young and Yonder Spirits, Hobb’s Gin
- Griffo Distillery, Scott Street Gin
- New Alchemy Distilling, Fleurette Gin
- New Alchemy Distilling, Fleurette Vermilion Gin
- Sipsong Spirits, Indira Gin
- Sonoma Brothers Distilling Gin