Springtime Shake-up Cocktail

I’m back with part two of Springtime culinary cocktails! If you missed my first post with the Tarragon Gin Mojito, go check it out here. You definitely don’t want to miss that recipe.

To continue with the light, herby, gin theme, today’s cocktail is a play on a shake-up like the kind you would get at the fair but oh-so-much-better because… booze. Obviously.

Okay, not just booze — this drink is amazing because of all the flavors it incorporates. There’s elderflower. There’s Cucumber. There’s lemon. There’s Dill. There’s even a pinch of salt. This is basically every woman’s favorite drink, ever, PLUS dill. And to do you one better, it’s super easy to make.

The key to a great drink when making this recipe is muddling the cucumber really well to release all of the water inside the cucumber, then shaking it vigorously, to continue the process. That’s why I’ve named it a Springtime Shake-up!

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Springtime shake-up


Juice from 1/2 lemon

1 tbsp fresh dill leaves

3 inch piece of english cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 oz elderflower liqueur (I used St Elder)

1.5 oz gin (I used Tanqueray)

Pinch of salt


Muddle cucumber, dill, and lemon in the bottom of a cocktail shaker, making sure to release as much cucumber water as possible. Add elderflower liqueur, gin, and ice. Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with dill and a cucumber curl or wheel.

Allie Peach