Since we started this blog almost two years ago, I’ve steadily improved my cocktail knowledge and skill. I’ve learned about tons of liqueurs, spirits, and ingredients that I never knew existed. It’s been a great learning experience and has turned me into a pretty decent home bartender, if I do say so myself.
Aside from learning about new ingredients and processes, it’s when I come across something old and familiar that I really get excited and passionate.
Growing up, we all have certain memories of the aromas in our kitchen. One of the most vivid for me was regularly visiting my aunt and smelling the scent of fresh dill from her kitchen. Greeks use dill in a lot of recipes – Spanakorizo (Greek rice), Spanakopita, and even Tzatziki. Whenever I smelled the fresh scent of dill as I entered her house, I knew her famous Tiropites and Spanakopites weren’t far behind.
So when I came across the Libra Cocktail from the guys at Trick Dog in San Francisco, I knew I had to try it. It had a dill garnish for heaven’s sake! It added a wonderful aroma to the drink and childhood memories came flooding back. It was at that moment that I came to the decision: I had to make dill syrup and put it in a cocktail.
Here’s the result of my madness:
2 oz gin
3/4 oz St. Germain elderflower liqueur
¾ oz lime juice
¾ oz dill syrup
¾ oz egg white
In a shaker, add all of the ingredients with ice and shake vigorously. Strain out the ice and dry shake. Double strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with a sprig of dill.
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
6-7 dill sprigs
In a saucepan over medium-high heat add all ingredients and stir continuously until the sugar dissolves. At the first sign of a boil, remove the pan from the heat and let cool. Strain into a bottle and refrigerate. Should keep up to a month.
There’s no two ways about it – this is one strange cocktail. But if you can get past its quirkiness, you’ll discover a light, delicious drink. You get a fairly strong dill flavour balanced nicely with the lime and elderflower. I personally love it and it’s something I could order time and time again, though to me, it’s more than just another drink; it’s the result of my cocktail experience intersecting with my past. When these two elements come together, that’s when you get something special.
This blog has given all of us an outlet to not only make sh!t, but to make sh!t that tells people about us and where we come from.
Can’t wait to make more original sh!t and tell you about it – if I haven’t already lost you, that is.