National Cocktail Day

National Cocktail Day

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - We are celebrating "National Cocktail Day."  This annual holiday, created by cocktail enthusiast Jace Shoemaker-Galloway, not only celebrates the ginormous variety of cocktails, but also encourages folks to create their own original concoction and share it with others.

From the classic to the creative, National Cocktail Day is the perfect day to kick back and unwind with a favorite cocktail or two.  Whether you prefer yours shaken or stirred, on the rocks or frozen, why not celebrate with this ones below.

LA-LA Lemonade

  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 tsp dried lavender flowers
  • Half a cucumber chopped (save the other half for a garnish)
  • 4 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ½ cups of water

In a medium sized pot over medium high heat add sugar and water. Once sugar has dissolved add lavender, cucumber and thyme. Bring up to a boil and immediately lower the heat. Simmer on very low heat for 20 minutes. Make sure to pull before the cucumber becomes translucent as you don't want your syrup to be bitter.  Take mixture off the heat, strain and allow to cool.  Once your syrup has cooled add 1 cup of fresh lemon juice and 3 ½ cups of water, stir well to combine.  Add ice and serve.


Glassware: Collins

Garnish: Sliced cucumbers and thyme sprigs

  • 1 ½ oz Watershed 4 Peel Gin or Vodka
  • 4 oz cucumber, thyme, lavender lemonade

Add all ingredients to a shaker tin, shake well and pour into a Collins glass. You can also convert the ounces to cups and stir in a pitcher for a pitcher of lemonade.