Fresh cucumber and lemon are muddled with a bit of sugar and then mixed with gin (or vodka) and a splash of St-Germain to create the St-Germain Dillinger Cocktail, a uniquely refreshing drink.
If you aren’t familiar with St-Germain, let me introduce you to my favorite liqueur. St-Germain is a sweet French liqueur made from elderberry flowers.
The unusual flavor is a bit of peach, pear, orange and grapefruit. The drink can be made as sweet or as savory as you like. If, like me, you prefer your drink a bit sweeter, add a little more sugar or St-Germain.
If savory is more your style, start with the smaller amounts and taste before adding more sweetness to the drink.
My sister has been telling me about this cocktail for a month or so now. She first tried it at a local restaurant and she has been making her version of it at home ever since.
When she finally had a chance to make one for me this past weekend, it fully lived up to my expectations.
When I started writing this post, I looked around for other recipes to compare it with. I didn’t find anything quite the same. Apparently, “The Dillinger” is not as common as one might think.
I found recipes calling for everything from cream to triple sec, from dill sprigs to prosecco. It would appear that there is not an official way to mix a Dillinger; if you’ve ever tried one, I’d love to hear about it.
- 3 slices cucumber
- 2 slices lemon
- 2 - 4 teaspoons sugar or about 1 tablespoon simple syrup*
- 1.5 ounces gin or vodka low to middle shelf is fine with this mixed drink
- .5 - 1 ounce St-Germain I preferred mine with a stronger flavor
- 2-4 ounces club soda
- In the bottom of a heavy glass, muddle (or crush) the cucumber and lemon with the sugar. Add the gin and St-Germain and stir to combine. Fill the glass with ice and then stir again. Top with club soda. Taste and add more simple syrup or St-Germain to adjust the sweetness as desired. Enjoy!
- * To make simple syrup for mixed drinks: Combine 1/2 cup water and 1/2
- cup white sugar in a jar and shake until the sugar is dissolved. This
- will keep in the refrigerator until you need it again. It will be much
- thinner than traditional simple syrup and will mix smoothly into the