Whenever Saint Patrick’s Day comes around, we always see an awful lot of novelty beverages like minty milkshakes and green beer. Well this year, we’re shaking things up with a refreshing alternative — with a big emphasis on ‘refreshing!’ This lucky libation includes a few vibrantly verdant ingredients like limes, cucumbers, and fresh dill. The result is a cocktail that’s sweet, slightly savory, and full of green-hued goodness!
Let’s Make a Dill Cocktail
What You’ll Need
2 tbsp. infused simple syrup (see recipe below)
2 oz. vodka
2 cucumbers; 1 sliced, 1 whole
A bunch or 2 of fresh dill
2 limes, cut into thin wedges
A pinch of salt (sea salt or some other coarse variety)
A few splashes of sparkling water or ginger ale
1. In a cocktail shaker, place 5 cucumber slices, 2-3 sprigs of dill, 2 lime wedges, and pinch of salt. Take a muddler and mash everything up together.
2. Add a handful of ice to the shaker, then pour the simple syrup and vodka over it. Shake it up for a good 30 seconds or so.
3. Take your whole cucumber and slice a few lengthwise slivers, then press 1 or 2 of them around the inside of your glass for a decorative effect. Add some ice cubes and pour your cocktail over them. Top it off with a splash of fizzy water or ginger ale and garnish with a lime wedge, cucumber slice, and/or a sprig of dill.
To make the infused simple syrup, you’ll need:
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
A few sprigs of fresh dill
1/2 cucumber, chopped
1 lime, chopped
1. Add the dill, lime, cucumber, water, and sugar to a saucepan. Slowly bring to a boil.
2. While gently stirring, let the mixture simmer until the sugar dissolves.
3. Allow it to cool. Once it has cooled down, strain the liquid into a container and discard the rest.
4. Chill in the refrigerator.
This syrup can be made up to a week in advance, and it can be kept in the fridge until ready to use.
+What are your plans for St. Paddy’s Day?