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April 23, 2010

The Cucumber Dill Gin & Tonic and four other local drinks with herbs in them

the Cucumber Dill Gin & Tonic from Bad Decisions looks weird  but is pretty tasty if you ask me.Today's nightlife column is all about herbs.

Baltimore bars are whipping up cocktails with offbeat ingredients such as basil, thyme, lavender and dill. I reviewed five of these wacky beverages in today's paper.

Check out the article here.

Bad Decisions serves a gin and tonic made with cucumber and dill (pictured), with a splash of spirits distilled from honey. Owner John Reusing got the idea from cucumber dill dip.

"I was like, 'If it's good enough to dip potato chips in, I could probably make something delicious to drink with it,' " he said.

He did. And the drink is delish.

So was the Lil' It'ly Lemonade -- a blend of strawberries, basil and spiked pink lemonade made by Amicci's ...

I expected the L'il It'ly Lemonade, $8.48, to be extra sugary, but the basil stole the sweetness of the strawberries and lemonade, and the vodka was barely noticeable, which made the lemonade a dangerously smooth sipper.

Don't let it sit for long, though, because the ice cubes tend to water down the already thin mix.

Here is Reusing's recipe for the Cucumber Dill Gin & Tonic:

In a rocks glass gently muddle 2 sprigs of fresh dill
Add three long, skinny slices of cucumber
Fill with ice, then add:
3/4 oz. of Hendrick's Gin
3/4 oz. Hayman's Old Tom Gin
Fill with tonic water
Add two drops of Gioiello Nonino Citrus Tree Honey Spirit on top of the drink

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kenneth K. Lam)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 11:05 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Bars & Clubs


I just got a cucumber vodka from Crop, but I don't know what to mix it with, it tastes great straight but I can't see people doing shots of cucumber vodka all night. Any suggestions?

Re: Jason Z
I love the crop cucumber. I use it as the main ingredient in my spicy pickle martini

If you've never had a drink with basil, stop by Joe Squared and order one of Okan's Istanbooyas. You will not regret it. Unless you have too many. Then you will regret it, but not until the next day.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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