Apple juice, prosecco and gin: a summer cocktail that will make any occasion special

This sparkling gin cocktail has just the right balance of tart, dry gin to sweet, juicy apple, enhanced by a little sugar syrup. You can use cloudy, clear or sparkling apple juice - whatever you prefer or have to hand - and the prosecco is optional, but does make for a delightfully bubbly, ‘special occasion’ feel!

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Sparkling Apple Gin Cocktail

35ml gin
100ml apple juice
10ml honey or simple syrup
Squeeze of lemon juice
Prosecco, to top up

Add the gin, apple juice, sugar syrup* and lemon to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass. (Alternatively, add all your ingredients to a glass filled with ice and stir gently for a minute.) Top up with prosecco. You can leave out the prosecco and just use apple juice or sparkling apple mixer, if you prefer. Garnish with a slice of apple or lemon and a few sage or mint leaves.

*To make simple syrup, gently simmer equal parts water and sugar over a low heat for a few minutes, until the sugar dissolves and the liquid has reduced into a light syrup.

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