The sunny weather over the past week has definitely got us in the mood for summer! So, what better way to get ready for sitting outside soaking up the rays than by preparing some new gin cocktails to sip on and dream of more exotic locations? We may be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on all the fun! Here is a simple guide from Spin and Shake which offers cocktail bar hire for private events.

Image courtesy of Pixabay

Image courtesy of Pixabay

1. Boathouse Punch

First up we have a cocktail that will have you dreaming of setting sail in the Mediterranean! The citrus combines with the bubbles perfectly, and when added to the crisp gin creates a delicious and refreshing drink. You’ll love drinking this on those long sunny evenings that we hope are in store!

Ingredients:

o 225ml gin

o 2 tbsp sugar

o 1 lemon

o 50ml Aperol

o 225ml lemon juice

o 225ml orange juice

o 225ml grapefruit juice

o 150ml Prosecco

o Orange wheels to garnish

Method:

1. Juice the lemon and reserve the peel. 2. In a bowl, muddle the lemon peel with the sugar and allow to sit for 30 minutes or overnight. 3. 30 minutes before serving add the gin, Aperol, lemon juice and elderflower liqueur, and leave to steep for 30 minutes. 4. Strain into an ice filled jug and top up with Prosecco. 5. Garnish the punch bowl and glasses with orange slices.

2. Bulldog Cooler

If you’re a fan of a zingy cocktail, this one is for you! The mint and ginger will be sure to leave your tongue tingling in the best way!

Ingredients:

o 50ml gin

o 12ml lemon juice

o 12ml sugar syrup

o Ginger ale

o Mint to garnish

Method:

1. Fill a julep cup or tall cocktail glass with ice. 2. Add the gin, syrup and lemon juice, and stir. 3. Top up with ginger ale. 4. Garnish with mint.

3. Apple and Elderflower Gin Cocktail

If you’re feeling very sophisticated, this is one for you. Recreate that elegant evening atmosphere all the fanciest hotels exude by mixing yourself one of these!

Ingredients:

o 65ml cloudy apple juice

o 50ml gin

o 25ml elderflower liqueur

o 25ml lime juice

o Cucumber and edible flowers to garnish

Method:

1. Stir all the ingredients together, except the garnishes, in a Collins glass or small tumbler over chilled ice. 2. Garnish with sliced cucumber, and edible flowers if you have them!

4. Classic Negroni

This is a classic, and so quick and easy to make! Impress your friends by whipping up these in mere minutes. A true taste of Italy from the comfort of home.

Ingredients:

o 25ml gin

o 25ml sweet vermouth

o 25ml Campari

o A strip of orange zest to garnish

Method:

1. Combine the gin, sweet vermouth and Campari in a glass over ice. 2. Stir together until some of the ice has melted to achieve the taste you like best. 3. Zest the orange (always best done fresh) and garnish your glass with it.

5. 50/50 Martini

The last one we have for you is a twist on a classic. This alternative is often much more palatable than the drier original thanks to the addition of vermouth. So quick and easy to prepare, this cocktail is definitely one to add to your repertoire!

Ingredients:

o 75ml gin

o 75ml dry vermouth

o A dash of orange bitters

o A lemon twist to garnish

Method:

1. Mix together the gin, vermouth and orange bitters in a mixing glass. 2. Fill the glass with ice and stir well until chilled. 3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. 4. Garnish with the lemon twist.

Get summer started with a bang with these summery gin cocktails!


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