Another Side of Summer

1½ oz Hayman’s Old Tom Gin
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz fresh lime juice
1 oz cantaloupe-dill-cilantro syrup
2 dashes Angostura bitters
fresh mint leaves
soda water

Muddle several mint leaves in the lemon and lime juices, add the gin, syrup, and bitters. Shake well. Double strain into a highball glass. Fill the glass with ice and top of with soda. Stir to combine. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

To make cantaloupe-dill-cilantro syrup

Start by making three syrups: cantaloupe, dill, and cilantro. For each one, chop up the ingredient and put it in a zip top bag. Add several table spoons of sugar. Push all the air out, seal up the bag, mash it up a bit, and let it sit on the counter for several hours. Mash occasionally as you see fit. If the dill and cilantro seem a bit dry, add a sprinkling of water.

Cut off the corner of the bag and pour it through a strainer.

Make a syrup mixture consisting of 1 part dill, 1 part cilantro, and 2 parts cantaloupe.

Inspired by The Other Side of Summer, Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, 2014