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13 Perfect Gin Cocktails for Summer

The Gin Kin Team
gin cocktails for summer
Image: Nick Smith

When summer is just around the corner, there’s more than just sunshine to look forward to. Outdoor events brings new life to our cocktails; load up on the ice and fruit, the G&T is about to reach 100 on the refreshing scale.

Nothing could be more perfect than a deliciously light and fruity gin cocktail in hand. Whether you fancy gin and Prosecco, a tropical gin punch or pink gin on ice, here’s our edit of the best gin cocktails for summer.

Rhubarb & Prosecco Gin Fizz

Mr Hobbs Gin

Ingredients:

Method:

  1.  Pour 35ml into a champagne flute and simply fill to the brim with prosecco.
  2. To garnish, try a lime wheel, a raspberry and some mint leaves.

Blueberry Bramble Slush

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Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Mix with tonic in a Boston shaker with crushed ice.
  2. Pour into a glass and drizzle with the Gin Bothy Blueberry Liqueur until the desired colour is achieved.
  3. Add fresh blueberries to a cocktail stick and place over the glass to garnish.

French Twist

Pinkster

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Add a measure of Pinkster Royale to a chilled flute of Prosecco or champagne.
  2. Add in a berry or two as your garnish, if desired.

Elderflower & Raspberry G&T

The Boozy Cow

Ingredients:

  • 50ml elderflower gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 15ml raspberry gomme
  • 5 raspberries
  • Schweppes tonic

Method:

  1. Add spirit, juice and raspberry, muddle and top glass with ice.
  2. Top with tonic and garnish with lime wedge.

The Teasmith Blush

gin cocktails for summer
The Teasmith Gin

Ingredients:

  •  60ml The Teasmith Gin
  • 100ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 150ml premium tonic water
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Pink grapefruit wedge

Method:

  1. Mix the ingredients and serve between two glasses over ice.
  2. Garnish with a wedge of pink grapefruit.

Caspyn Collins

gin cocktails for summer
Pocketful of Stones Distillery

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Pour the gin into a tall glass with ice.
  2. Top up with homemade lemonade and garnish with a cherry and a slice of lemon.

Boathouse Punch

gin cocktails for summer
Nick Smith

Ingredients:

  • 225ml gin
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 50ml Aperol
  • 225ml lemon juice
  • 225ml orange juice
  • 225ml grapefruit juice
  • 150ml Prosecco
  • Orange wheels to garnish

Method:

  1. Juice the lemon and reserve the peel
  2. In a bowl, muddle the lemon peel with the sugar and allow to sit for 30 minutes or overnight
  3. 30 minutes before serving add the gin, Aperol, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur and leave to steep for 30 minutes
  4. Strain into an ice filled jug
  5. Top up with Prosecco
  6. Garnish the punch bowl and glasses with orange slices

Lakes Elderflower Fizz

The Lakes Distillery

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the first three ingredients over ice and fine strain into a chilled champagne flute.
  2. Top with sparkling wine or Prosecco and garnish with mint leaves.

Bulldog Cooler

gin cocktails for summer
Nick Smith

Ingredients:

  • 50ml gin
  • 12ml lemon juice
  • 12ml sugar syrup
  • Ginger ale
  • Mint to garnish

Method:

  1. Fill a julep cup or tall cocktail glass with ice
  2. Add the gin, syrup and lemon juice
  3. Stir
  4. Top up with ginger ale
  5. Garnish with mint

Pineapple Gin Fizz

gin cocktails for summer
Piston Gin

Ingredients:

  • 50ml Piston London Dry Gin
  • 50ml pineapple juice
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Tonic/lemonade/soda
  • Wedges of pineapple and lime to garnish

Method:

  1. Place the gin, pineapple juice, syrup and lime juice into a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice to the shaker.
  3. Shake and strain into glass, add extra ice.
  4. Top with you choice of tonic, lemonade or soda.
  5. Garnish with fresh pineapple and lime wedges.

Gin-ger Beer

gin cocktails for summer
Nick Smith

Ingredients:

  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml ginger cordial (e.g. Belvoir Ginger Cordial)
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • Half a glass of ice (if you want to be authentic to the original recipe, crush the ice using a blender or a rolling pin and a plastic bag)
  • Small bottle of bitter beer (e.g. Tribute)
  • Slice of lemon to garnish

Method:

  1. Pour the gin, cordial and lemon juice into a decent pint glass and stir
  2. Add the ice
  3. Top up slowly with the beer and stir again
  4. Garnish with a slice of lemon

Apple and Elderflower Gin Cocktail

gin cocktails for summer
Nick Smith

Ingredients:

  • 65ml cloudy apple juice (Cawston Press with ginger is perfect)
  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml elderflower liqueur
  • 25ml lime juice
  • Cucumber and edible flowers to garnish

Method:

  1. Stir all the ingredients except the garnishes in a Collins glass or small tumbler over chilled ice
  2. Garnish with sliced cucumber, and edible flowers if you have them

Cucumber Martini

cucumber gin martini
The English Drinks Company

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Stir down vermouth over ice, discard a relative amount depending on how wet or dry you like your martini (discard more if dry, discard less if wet).
  2. Add the gin and more ice cubes, stir down again and strain into a chilled martini glass.
  3. Garnish with cucumber.