12 perfect gin cocktails for summer


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.

Elderflower & Raspberry G&T

We show you how to shake up the perfect gin cocktails for summer

Credit: Boozy Cow

Ingredients:

Elderflower gin 50ml
-Lemon juice 25ml
-Raspberry gomme 15ml
-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.

WATCH: Our bartender shake up an Elderflower & Raspberry G&T. 


Gin and Grapefruit Cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 50ml gin

– 75ml grapefruit juice

– Dash angostura bitters

– Half a pinch Maldon sea salt

Method

  1. Dry shake the salt, grapefruit and gin for 10 seconds
  2. Pour over an ice-filled tumbler

Floradora Cocktail

The refreshing Floradora cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 50ml gin

– 25ml lime juice

– 25ml Chambord

– Ginger beer to top up

– Lime to garnish

 Method

  1. Add the gin, Chambord and lime to an ice-filled highball (or better still, a pint glass)
  2. Stir for a few seconds to blend
  3. Top up with ginger beer
  4. Squeeze a segment of lime then drop it in the glass

Find out more about a Floradora cocktail.


Pink gin and lemonade

Credit: Greenalls

Ingredients

-50ml Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin

-100ml Good Lemonade

– Berries to Garnish

Method

  1. Fill a copa glass with ice.
  2. Pour in Greenall’s Wild Berry Gin and top up with lemonade or premium tonic water.
  3. Garnish with a berry of choice (we like raspberries and blueberries!)

Find more pink gin cocktails.


Boathouse Punch

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 225ml gin

– 2 tbsp sugar

– 1 lemon

– 150ml 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

Elderflower Gin Fizz Cocktail

Credit: Boozy Cow

Ingredients

– Elderflower gin 50ml
– Lemon juice 25ml
– Prosecco

Method

  1. Add gin and lemon into a Boston shaker
  2. Give a hard shake and pour into champagne flute
  3. Layer and top with Prosecco
  4. Garnish with lemon peel tuile

WATCH: Our bartender make up an Elderflower Gin Fizz cocktail 


Bulldog Cooler

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 50ml gin

– 12ml lemon juice

– 12ml sugar syrup

Ginger ale

Mint to garnish

Directions

  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

Gin-ger Beer

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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

Credit: 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

– Stir all the ingredients except the garnishes in a Collins glass or small tumbler over chilled ice

– Garnish with sliced cucumber, and edible flowers if you have them


Cucumber Collins

Credit: Boozy Cow

Ingredients:

Hendrick’s 50ml
Lemon juice 10ml
Gomme 10ml
Cucumber 1/5 cut up
Soda top

Method:

Blend 1/5 cucumber for its juice.

Add all of the ingredients over ice, top up with soda.

Garnish with a cucumber wheel.

WATCH: Our bartender make up a Cucumber Collins cocktail 


Blueberry Ombre Cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 50ml Boodles gin

– 25ml lime juice

– 25ml grenadine or your own pomegranate molasses

– A handful of mint leaves

– Blueberries

  • Half a sliced lime
  • Tonic

Method

  1. Stir the gin, grenadine and lime in the base of a tall cocktail glass
  2. Bruise the mint and add to the glass
  3. Top up with ice
  4. Add the blueberries and lime-slice garnish
  5. Top up with tonic and stir with a cocktail stirrer

Find out more about the Blueberry Ombre Cocktail 


Gin and rhubarb cocktail

Mix up your very own Pink Pig cocktail

Credit: Nick Smith

Ingredients

– 50ml gin

– 25ml lemon juice

– 25ml rhubarb syrup

– Rhubarb to garnish

Method

  1. Dry shake the gin, lemon juice and rhubarb syrup.
  2. Taste and add more lemon or syrup until the balance is right for you, then shake again.
  3. Add ice and shake the drink for a further 10-15 seconds
  4. Strain into a short glass
  5. Wrap a finely sliced ribbon of rhubarb around the inside of the glass

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