Kathy Casey of Liquid Kitchen


in the Mix asked Kathy Casey if she could recommend a sassy, fun cocktail made with gin for the summer months. She gifted us with a wonderful recipe using an elixir utilizing the whole lemon, rind and all. We gave it a try in our mixology lab and were delighted with the outcome. I’m sure you will enjoy it also!

Gin with House-Made Bitter Lemon and Soda

For a savory twist, try shaking in a sprig of fresh tarragon or rosemary with the gin and bitter lemon, before adding the sparkling water. For a demonstration of how to make the house-made bitter lemon and this cocktail, check out the cocktail video on


May we suggest, Fifty Pounds, Rare and Handcrafted Small-Batch London Dry Gin

May we suggest, Fifty Pounds, Rare and Handcrafted Small-Batch London Dry Gin

Makes 1 cocktail

1 1/2 oz        gin
1 oz               Bitter Lemon Elixir (recipe follows)
2 oz               Perrier Natural Sparkling Mineral Water chilled
Garnish:       Lemon wheel and optional fresh tarragon or rosemary

Measure the gin and Bitter Lemon Elixir into a mixing glass. Fill with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into a tall Collins glass filled with fresh ice.
Add soda and stir. Garnish.

Bitter Lemon Elixir

Makes 2 1/2 cups

4                        Sunkist lemons
1 1/2 cups        sugar
2 cups               water

Wash lemons and cut the ends off. Then slice each lemon in half lengthwise and each half into 4 slices. Combine lemons, sugar and water in a blender cup. Process on high until almost smooth – mixture should still have some texture. Place mixture in a medium non-corrosive pan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Let boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat and let steep for 1 hour. Strain through a fine strainer. Store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe and Photo by Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen® –

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