It’s been a little while since we posted, but we recently moved Dash Bitters to Austin, TX and have been getting ourselves settled. We love living in Austin and while some of you are already starting to experience the flirtings of fall, we have at least another month of summer heat here in Texas!
With the heat still fully present, we have been trying out some delicious summer cocktails to cool off. Our favorite at the moment has been a Cantaloupe Cucumber Gin Sour with our homemade Cherry Walnut Bitters. Together these ingredients offer a fresh take on the classic gin sour.
We believe the freshest seasonal ingredients make for the best cocktails and this drink is no exception. Cantaloupe is a great seasonal fruit for summer time - with its sweet juice and beautiful color, it makes this drink a fun, crowd-pleasing cocktail. Perfect for picnics & pool parties! Light cucumber, sweet cantaloupe, and bright botanicals of the gin combine to make this a well balanced cocktail. This refreshing summer drink is perfectly finished with a dash of our Cherry Walnut Bitters. Bonus--this drink is low calorie so you can enjoy it guilt free...cheers to that!
To get this drink started, begin by halving your cantaloupe and removing the seeds. You will need about ½ cup peeled and cubed cantaloupe to make the juice necessary for this cocktail. Cut one half section into 1 inch wide strips, carefully removing the cantaloupe from the rind as you go. Cut these strips into 1 inch cubes for easy pureeing.
Toss the cantaloupe pieces into a blender or food processor to puree until smooth. Strain the puree to separate out the juice. Enjoy some of the leftover fruit while you prep the rest of the cocktail or save it to serve as the perfect snack with your gin sour!
Next, cut off a few slices of cucumber--we like to use three to add a little extra hydration and coolness to the drink. Diced these up and muddle; no need to remove the skin.
After most of the pieces of cucumber have been reduced down, add 1½ oz of gin to your cucumber water. We chose to use Dripping Springs Gin for our version of this cocktail. This locally-produced artisan gin is crafted in small batches with a juniper forward flavor profile. We thought that the softer floral notes complement the cantaloupe and lemon well. Although we found the bright citrus notes of this gin to pair well with the lemon, you can use your own favorite gin to accent the different ingredients of this cocktail.
Next, combine 2 oz of your homemade cantaloupe juice along with ¾ oz of fresh squeezed lemon juice. Add in ½ oz homemade honey syrup (recipe below) to your cucumber cantaloupe mixture.
Drop in a few cubes of ice and shake until frothy. Strain your cocktail into a coupe glass and add a cucumber slice to garnish. Of course, add 3 dashes of our small batch Cherry Walnut Bitters to finish off your drink. Just like that, a perfect summer cocktail that is as pretty as it tastes.
This tasty beverage is best sipped in the shade on a hot afternoon, be sure to give this a try before seasons change. Comment below and let us know your version turned out!
- 3 Cucumber slices, diced
- 2 oz. Cantaloupe Juice
- 1 1/2 oz. Gin
- 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice (about half to 3/4 lemon)
- 1/2 oz. Honey Syrup
- 3 Dashes of Cherry Walnut Bitters
Puree 1/2 cup of peeled and cubed cantaloupe in blender or food processor until smooth. Strain to remove pulp.
Combine 2/3 cups mild honey and 1/3 cup water in closed jar. Shake until honey dissolves
Cantaloupe Cucumber Gin Sour with Cherry Walnut Bitters
Muddle cucumber in a shaker. Add gin, cantaloupe juice, honey syrup and lemon juice. Shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. Add 3 dashes of cherry walnut bitters and garnish with cucumber slice.