5 batch cocktails for a ginny picnic

It is national picnic week this week and all discerning gin drinkers know, a picnic is not a picnic without gin! If you're heading out with the picnic blanket this week, invite a your best gin-pals and mix up a big batch of cocktails to sip alfresco. You can whip these up the day beforehand, pop them in the fridge and save the garnishes and ice for the day of. 

We've gotten together some amazing gin-based cocktails that are sure to get your guests raving. Here are the tipples that have us counting down until the weekend: 

Gin Punch

Gin punch oranges

Serves 16


In a clean jar or pitcher, combine four bags of Earl Grey tea with 285ml of cold water. Put a lid on it and let it sit in the refrigerator for ten hours. Strain into a large bowl or pitcher.

Mix gin, fresh lemon juice, granulated sugar and bitters in a bowl. Add to tea. Pour over an ice block in a punch bowl and garnish with anise-spiked lemons, and perhaps a sprig of rosemary. Throw in some frozen grapes to take things to the next level.


570ml gin
170ml fresh lemon juice
285ml Earl Grey tea
200g sugar
28g orange bitters


French 75

French 75 gin cocktail

Serves 8


In a punch bowl, combine the gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters and stir until thoroughly blended.

Just before serving, pour in the Champagne and stir gently. Add the ice and garnish with the orange wheels.

To serve, ladle into punch glasses.


455ml gin
230ml fresh lemon juice
170 sugar syrup (see below)
1/2 teaspoon orange bitters
900ml dry Champagne or other sparkling dry white wine, chilled
1 large ice block or two smaller blocks
8 orange wheels, for garnish

For the syrup:

240ml water
200g caster sugar

In a medium saucepan combine sugar and water. Bring to the boil, stirring, until sugar has dissolved. Allow to cool. Store in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Pineapple and Sage Gimlet

Pineapple and sage gimlet gin cocktail

Serves 5


Build with ice in punch bowl and stir.


215ml gin
110ml sugar syrup
7 sage leaves
140ml pineapple juice

Watermelon Gin Punch

Watermelon gin punch cocktail

Serves 8


To make the watermelon juice:
Add watermelon chunks to blender and blend until liquified. Pour juice through fine meshed sieve to remove solids.
To make Punch:
Add mint to a tall pitcher and muddle to release the oils. Pour in watermelon juice, simple syrup, lemon juice and gin. Stir to mix. Pour over ice and serve


Fresh watermelon juice:
1/2 of a personal sized watermelon, cut into chunks
950ml fresh watermelon juice
12 springs fresh mint
250ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
250ml sugar syrup
500ml  gin


Grapefruit Beer

Grapefruit beer spritzer

Serves 10


Combine the gin and grapefruit juice in a large pitcher or punch bowl. Cover and chill for at least 2 hours or overnight. Add the IPA just before serving and ladle into ice-filled punch or lowball glasses.


950ml gin
475ml fresh grapefruit juice (about 4 large grapefruits)
120cl India Pale Ale, chilled