3 cooling gin cocktails to help you beat the heat

Phew, it's hot out there! These frosty gin cocktails will help you keep your core body temperature down and thirst firmly slaked. 

Cucumber Gin Fizz

Is there anything more refreshing than the combo of cool cucumber and tart lime? 

cucumber gin fizz cocktail

Makes 6
250ml gin
80ml Lime Cordial
2tbsp lime juice
1 cucumber, thinly sliced

Method:

Combine the gin, lime cordial and lime juice in a pitcher with the cucumber and mix. Set out  six glasses and fill with ice; pour in the gin cocktail and serve.

Lemongrass Fusion

Let this fragrant tipple from Susy Atkins transport you to the beaches of Thailand.

lemongrass fusion gin cocktail

50ml gin
30ml lime and lemongrass cordial concentrate
4cm long piece lemongrass
2cm square piece fresh ginger root
150ml ginger ale
Slice of lime, to garnish

Method:

Peel and chop the lemongrass and ginger into pieces, then bruise them with the back of a spoon to release their flavours. Put them into a cocktail shaker with some ice, then add the gin and cordial. Shake well, strain into a tumbler filled with ice and top up with ginger ale. Garnish with a lovely slice of lime.

South Side

This elegant cocktail is a real summer treat.

south side gin cocktail

4 mint leaves, plus  a sprig to garnish
1 ounce simple syrup
2 ounces gin
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
Club soda (for serving)
Lavender, to garnish

Method:

Start by making the simple syrup. Add equal parts sugar and water to a saucepan and heat until the sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool. 

When the simple syrup is cool, muddle the mint with the syrup in a cocktail shaker, then fill with ice. Add the lemon juice and gin, then shake vigorously until the shaker is frosted. Strain the drink into an ice-filled glass and garnish with mint and, if desired, a sprig of lavender.