Gin Lemonade Cocktail

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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

Side shot of fizzy iced cocktail with garnishes of lemon slices, rosemary, and mint next to another dink in a coupe glass.

I collaborated with six different distilleries for this series of posts:

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.

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Fizzy or Neat

Gif of fizzing Gin Lemonade Cocktail in a highball glass with lemon slices and a sprig of rosemary.

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.

Worksheet with 9 circles in rows with each circle containing a gin and its individual tasting notes.
GIN TASTING NOTES

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.
Close up side shot of neat version of a Gin Lemonade Cocktail in a coupe glass with a lemon slice and rosemary spring garnish.

St. George Spirits Botanivore Gin

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.

St. George Spirits Terroir Gin

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.

St. George Spirits Dry Rye Gin

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.

Young and Yonder Spirits H.O.B.S. Gin

A very smooth orange flavor with slight honey notes. Even though you can taste the orange it also emphasizes the candied/yellow skittle flavor.

Griffo Distillery Scott Street Gin

Very warm and smooth with a spearmint-type feel on the tongue and the back of the throat

New Alchemy Distilling Fleurette Gin

Almost too sweet, a lot of honey and chamomile flavors

New Alchemy Distilling Fleurette Vermilion Gin

Very sweet, increases the flower and honey flavors

Sipsong Spirits Indira Gin

Very lemon-orange candied taste that is very sweet

Sonoma Brothers Distilling Gin

This pairing reminded me of limoncello

DIY Gin Bar Recipes

Side shot of fizzy iced cocktail with garnishes of lemon slices, rosemary, and mint next to another dink in a coupe glass.

Here are all the recipes that are part of the DIY Gin Bar! There are also freebies that go along with the post that you should check out if you’re interested in throwing your own DIY Gin Bar party.

Cocktails

Shrubs

Infused Sugars

Mocktails

Gin Lemonade Cocktail

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.
Servings 1
Prep Time 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

*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:
Author: Megan Wells
Course: Beverages
Keyword: beverages, diy gin bar, gin, quick and easy, shrubs

Tools I Used

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