What better way to celebrate summer’s long, hot, lazy evenings than with a deliciously refreshing cocktail? Here are a few of our favourite easy summer cocktail recipes that can be whipped up at home in a matter of minutes - and will taste just as good come rain or shine!
Orange Blossom Cocktail
25ml sweet vermouth
25ml orange juice
Orange flowers or twist of orange, to garnish
Pour all of your ingredients over plenty of ice, into your glass. Stir gently to combine and garnish with an orange peel. You could also swap the orange juice for mango juice for a sweeter summery alternative!
Citrus Honey Bee’s Knees
2 tsp honey
20ml fresh lemon juice
20ml fresh orange juice
Orange zest twist, to garnish
Add gin and honey to a shaker and stir until the honey dissolves. Add the lemon and orange juice and top up with ice. Shake well. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with an orange zest twist.
‘Provence Lemonade’: Elderflower, Grapefruit & Rosé Gin Cocktail
20ml St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur
35ml rosé wine
35ml grapefruit juice
30ml soda water, to top up
Salt and grapefruit wedge, to garnish
Rim a highball glass with salt and add ice. In a mixing jug, combine St-Germain, gin, wine and grapefruit juice. Mix and strain into your glass. Top up with soda water and garnish with a wedge of grapefruit.
50ml One Apple & Sage Gin (or any high quality gin)
20ml apple juice
20ml apple liqueur
dash of orange bitters
Ice, apple and sage to garnish
Add the gin, apple juice, liqueur and bitters to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with an apple fan and sage leaves.
Rosemary & Thyme Collins
25ml lemon juice
20ml rosemary and thyme simple syrup*
Soda water, to top up
Lemon wedge and thyme sprig to garnish
Make your syrup by combining two sprigs each of rosemary and thyme with 250ml of water and 250g of sugar. Simmer gently until the sugar as combined and thickened. Remove the herbs and allow to completely cool before use.
Combine gin, lemon juice and syrup in a cocktail shaker packed with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass and then top up with soda water. Garnish generously and serve.
Strawberry Basil Lemonade
2-3 basil leaves, plus extra to garnish
Handful of strawberries, plus extra to garnish
Juice of half a lemon
250g caster sugar
Sicilian Lemonade (or other high-quality lemonade) or soda water, to top up
Make your syrup by washing, slicing and then very gently boiling a handful of strawberries with lemon juice, 250ml water and the sugar. Simmer gently until the sugar as combined and thickened. Strain and allow to completely cool before use.
Muddle the basil leaves gently inside a rocks glass, then add ice to the glass. Add plenty of ice, gin and lemonade to a cocktail shaker and shake for a good 20 seconds, then strain the liquid from the shaker into the glass. Add your strawberry syrup and top with lemonade or a splash of club soda. Stir gently and garnish with a strawberry and a basil leaf.
15ml lemon juice
15ml Raspberry syrup
15g egg white
Pour all the ingredients in to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a into a chilled coupe glass and drink it quickly.
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