4 botanical cocktails every gin lover has to try

Looking for a fresh tipple to sip on this sunny weekend? Inspired by the tiny, tasty bottle of Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin in June's box, we've rounded up some of the best - and booziest! - cocktail recipes around...

Tapping into the natural beauty of Falls Farm, Tom took a simple lawn and transformed it into a botanical wonderland in tribute to his mum Adèle. What was once a modest patch of grass now plays host to a wide variety of plants and herbs, which Warner Edwards have used to create their new Botanical Garden limited edition range.

The fresh lemon balm, rosemary, mint and entire assortment of plants that grow here allow Tom and the team to experiment with delicious botanical combinations, creating unique and delicious gins. The Harrington Elderflower Gin in June's Gin of the Month box is a beautiful expression of the fresh, handpicked elderflower that thrives on the Warner Edwards estate – and it’s a summer flavour that shines in a quality cocktail. For a taste of nature’s finest, grab your Warner Edwards gins and whip up any one of these delicious, garden-inspired tipples!

Elderflower Gin Fizz

80ml Warner Edwards Harrington Elderflower Gin
60ml apple juice
60ml St Germain
2 tbsp lime juice, freshly squeezed
Soda water
Cucumber sliced into spears, to garnish

Method:

In a tall glass filled with ice, combine gin, St Germain, apple juice and lime juice. Stir well, and top with soda water and cucumber to serve.

Blackberry Gin Smash

Source: Southern Fatty

60ml gin
1 Tbsp blackberry jam
1 tsp sugar
5 lemon balm leaves
1 tsp honey
Soda water

Method:

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the lemon balm leaves, jam and sugar until the leaves bruise and the sugar combines well. Add ice, gin and honey to the shaker and shake vigorously until well-chilled. Pour the mixture into a glass and top with soda water. Garnish with additional lemon balm leaves to serve.

Lavender Martini

Source: Pro Flowers

Source: Pro Flowers

30ml crème de violette
60ml gin
7.5ml ginger liqueur
7ml St. Germain
1 dash lavender bitters

Method:

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all ingredients. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds and pour into a chilled Martini glass. If desired, garnish with lavender sprigs to serve.

Rosemary Gin Spritzer

60ml gin
30ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
30ml rosemary sugar syrup*
Soda water

*For the rosemary sugar syrup:
4 rosemary sprigs, roughly chopped
120g sugar
120ml water

Method:

First, prepare your sugar syrup by combining rosemary sprigs, water and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and after approximately 10 minutes take off the heat. Allow mixture to rest for at least 30 minutes, then strain into an airtight container and let cool completely.

To assemble the cocktail, fill a glass with ice. Pour gin, lemon juice and syrup into the glass, and stir to combine. Top with soda water and garnish with a sprig of rosemary if desired.

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