Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Naked Fish’s Gin Dreamin’ |

Lake Tahoe Drink of the Week: Naked Fish’s Gin Dreamin’

Rob Galloway
Naked Fish’s Gin Dreamin’ is the perfect representation of spring.
Rob Galloway / Lake Tahoe Action

One of the largest components of Tahoe’s nightlife is the mix of countless breweries, bars and restaurants that offer unique drinks difficult to find outside the basin.

In our Drink of the Week segment, we’ll showcase one type of beer, wine, cocktail — you name it — to try around the basin.

If ever there were a cocktail to perfectly depict a season, perhaps this week’s cocktail is the best representation of spring. If you’re one who despises spring because your days are spent in an allergy-induced coma with your nose engulfed in a wad of Kleenex, then you may disagree.

However, for those of us lucky ones there’s Naked Fish’s Gin Dreamin’.

Tanqueray gin, St. Germain (elderflower liqueur), ginger beer, and lavender bitters are forged together creating a light purple sunset ready to be gulped down. Hibiscus Himalayan salt is wrapped around the rim and joined with a slice of lime.

This drink has a little floral smell and flavor that is reminiscent of Mother Nature waking up from her winter slumber. It’s fizzy up front from the ginger beer but then all the flavors come together just like the Beatles’ song. You get a little of each of the herb mixtures with a hint of citrus and then the gin steps up to the plate to bat clean up.

Gin is the perfect complement to all of flavors here. Actually, when isn’t gin a perfect complement?

It’s the Leo of astrological booze — always preferring to be social than alone.

You don’t want gin on its own. Trust me, kids. My mistake is your lesson for the day.

Luckily for us it’s in its element right here in this cocktail — ready for springing.

The Naked Fish is located at 3940 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe, California. They’re open from 5 p.m. to close Monday through Friday and noon to close Saturday and Sunday. For information, visit them online at or by calling 530-541-3474.

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