Mason Dixon Cocktail

Mason Dixon Cocktail

About a month ago Josh and I went with some friends to a fundraising event for The Therapy Place, a wonderful place here in town where children with a wide variety of disabilities receive many forms of therapy. It was a wonderful event and fun was had by all.

The evening ended early, well until several of us decided to go out afterwards. Our friends had a babysitter and our kids were out of town, the other couple has no children. We were all free!! We decided to go to The Speakeasy, a bar in the Five Points area of town. Josh and I used to go there when we were dating, he only lived a block away.

Mason Dixon Cocktail

We sat at the bar and let’s just say we had a great time. We obviously don’t get out enough anymore! Josh and I watched the bartenders closely, nice perk of sitting at the bar. They were making many drinks we didn’t recognize. They were very nice and answered all our questions. We were students soaking it all in that night.

It was this night we learned about brown sugar simple syrup. That was totally new to us, like I said, we don’t get out much. Josh also tried a drink he saw another bartender making. Turns out it was a Mason Dixon. It starts with a lemon….slice off a thin layer of the peel, trying to avoid the pith. This gets rubbed, with the oil side of the peel to the glass, on the inside of a mason jar (what else would you serve this drink in?!). Take some very thinly sliced cucumbers and rub them along the jar, the oil will hold them in place on the sides. It really makes for a great presentation.

Then into a shaker you add some bourbon, fresh lemon juice and brown sugar simple syrup. How easy is that. Just shake it all over ice, strain into the mason jar and add a splash of seltzer. Serve with a twist of lemon and enjoy. I will admit to not being a bourbon fan, I am so in the minority in my family, but this drink was pretty good. Josh thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Mason Dixon Cocktail

Mason Dixon Cocktail
Lemon, juice and zest
Thin slices of cucumber (pickling cucumbers work best for their small size)
4 oz. bourbon
2 oz. brown sugar simple syrup

Slice a small piece of the lemon peel off, avoiding the pith. Rub the peel inside two mason jars with the oily side against the glass. Next rub the cucumber slices on the inside of the jars, they should stick and stay in place. With the rest of the lemon take off some strips of peel for the twists.

Juice the lemon into a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the bourbon and simple syrup, shake vigorously. Strain into the jars and top off with a splash of seltzer.  Garnish with a lemon twist.


For brown sugar simple syrup place equal parts water and brown sugar in a saucepan over medium heat.  Cook, stirring often, until all the sugar is dissolved.  It will store in refrigerator for months, though mine never lasts that long!

If you have a very juicy lemon you may want to add a little more simple syrup.

Yields 2 servings


11 thoughts on “Mason Dixon Cocktail

  1. Liz

    fantastic! That is definitely a drink I’ll try. Brilliant on the brown sugar simple syrup. And what a fun night for you–learning from the bartender.

    1. MamaD1xx4xy Post author

      It certainly was a learning experience. We have used the brown sugar simple syrup many times already! I have another cocktail recipe to post from that night some other time. Clearly I need to get out more!

  2. ChgoJohn

    How nice that you both were able to show support for such a worthwhile cause and then continue the night with a few good friends. Best of all, you brought home the best kind of souvenir, a cocktail recipe. Sounds like a great night out to me. 🙂

  3. Liz

    I’m glad you had an evening out and enjoyed yourselves. I’ve never had bourbon but once drinks are turned into cocktails they always taste so much different so perhaps I wouldn’t mind trying one. The sugar syrup and lemon is a great combination. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week!

  4. recipesforsustenance

    Sounds like y’all had a nice night. I really like Speakeasy. The bartenders are so friendly and very talented, especially when it comes to whiskey drinks. My hubby gets a drink there called Penicillin. It has Scotch and a ginger simple syrup with Laphroaig floated on top.


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