This Lemon Gin Fizz with Cucumber and Dill is the perfect drink for a hot spring or summer day! Nothing says summertime refresher more than a cucumber and dill drink.
It’s also the second drink that uses the Lemon Shrub with Cardamom and Mint. I think I was reaching for that shrub a lot because it’s so perfect for really hot 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 Lemon Gin Fizz. 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
These shrub cocktails 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 Lemon Shrub with Cardamom and Mint 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 Botanivore Gin has a very flowery smell as well as a classic juniper aroma. When paired with the Lemon Shrub with Cardamom and Mint, the overwhelming flavor was spearmint.
There was just enough lemon and the spearmint flavor wasn’t overpowering. The gin maybe could have shined through a little more, but otherwise, it was a really good pairing.
There was a very slight spearmint finish, an equal amount of lemon and gin flavor, and the rye was less pronounced.
This pairing had a cool spearmint taste and feel along with a very smooth candied lemon flavor.
Emphasizes the Meyer lemon flavor, gives it a little bit of a candied feel and then the warming spices kick in: cardamom and grains of paradise.
Honey, lavender, and chamomile flavors really dominated this pairing. I think this would make an extremely good tea cocktail.
This pairing is very cool and it decreases the syrup sweetness and increases the honey-sweet. It leaves a very cooling and refreshing zing on the tongue and back of the throat.
The cardamom really complements the cumin and it’s a very refreshing mix that is sweet and smooth. There is less spearmint flavor present than in other gin/shrub pairings
This pairing was very bizarre because my primary impression was of mint chocolate. It reminded me of the effect you get with the birthday shot shooter (do you remember those from your college days?).
DIY Gin Bar Recipes
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.
- 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
Lemon Gin Fizz with Cucumber and Dill
- 4 cucumber slices
- 1/2 inch thick lemon slice
- 1 tablespoon packed dill fronds
- 1 teaspoon DIY Citrus Sugar with Lemon and Dill*
- 2 ounces gin*
- 1 ounce Lemon Shrub with Cardamon and Mint*
- Soda water to top or to taste I used Fever-Tree Club Soda
- Place some ice in a highball glass.
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cucumber, lemon, dill, and sugar together until the dill 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 highball glass, top with club soda, and garnish. You can garnish with a lemon wedge or slice, cucumber slices or ribbons, dill fronds, and edible flowers if desired.
- 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