With the weather getting warmer and summer just around the corner, it's time to start thinking about drinks! And if you're a fan of gin , we've got some great ideas for you. This gin lover's guide is full of easy, delicious cocktail recipes that are perfect for a summer evening. Whether you want something light or something fruity, these simple cocktails will brighten up summer evenings.
This classic cocktail is easy to make and super refreshing. Simply add 50ml gin, 25ml lemon juice, 15ml simple syrup and an egg white to a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 15 seconds, then strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. Top up the glass with club soda and garnish with a lemon wedge, if desired.
2. Gin Rickey
Popular since the late 1800s, this drink is one of the easiest cocktails to make with gin. Combine 50ml gin, 25ml lime juice and 15ml simple syrup in a glass filled with cubed or crushed ice. Top up the glass with club soda and garnish with a lime wedge, if desired.
3. Gin Sour
Another classic cocktail that's easy to make at home but tastes like a bar. In a shaker filled with ice, add 50ml gin, 25ml lemon juice, 20ml simple syrup, 10ml orange liqueur such as Grand Marnier or Cointreau (optional) and an egg white (optional) and shake vigorously for 15 seconds before pouring over fresh Strain ice into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an orange twist or a cherry, if you like.
4 . Gin Bramble
A British favorite from 1980's London bars that's still popular today! Pour 50ml gin, 10ml fresh lemon juice and 10ml crème de mure (blackberry liqueur) into a shaker and shake vigorously for 15 seconds before straining into an old fashioned glass filled with crushed ice (or regular ice cubes). Add 2 teaspoons of simple syrup before topping up with more crushed or diced ice and garnishing with 2 blackberries, which you skewer on a skewer.
5. Gin & Tonics
This classic summer drink is so easy to make that you hardly need any instructions! Fill a highball glass halfway with ice cubes (or fill to the brim if you prefer), then pour in 50ml gin and 150ml tonic water and stir gently until combined. Garnish the finished drink by squeezing half a lime wedge before adding it to your drink!
A tropical treat! Start by crushing eight mint leaves in a shaker, then add 25ml white rum and 50ml gin and 30ml freshly squeezed lime juice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. The mojito is then finished off with the addition of around 100ml soda water before being gently stirred and garnished with a lime wedge!
An easy classic from mid-19th century America! Start by adding 25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice, 30ml simple syrup (or honey) and 50ml gin to tall ice glasses filled with cubed or crushed ice and gently stir until well combined. Depending on how sweet you like your drinks, add more plain syrup/honey as needed and top up each ice glass with 100ml Club Soda.
8. Gin & Tonic Slush
This cocktail classic gets an icy twist! Mix 350ml tonic water with 350ml gin in a blender. Add a handful of ice cubes and blend until smooth. Serve in glasses and garnish with an extra sprig of mint.
9. Strawberry Basil Gin Fizz
For this delicious concoction, mix 6 parts gin with 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part strawberry syrup in a shaker filled with ice cubes. Shake vigorously for 20-30 seconds, then pour into two glasses filled with fresh basil leaves. Top each glass with soda water and garnish with strawberry slices and basil leaves.
10. Cocktail with cucumber and lime
In a pitcher filled with ice cubes, combine 750ml gin with 200ml lime juice and 150ml simple syrup and stir well. Thinly slice 2 cucumbers and gently press them onto the rim of two glasses before filling them halfway with the cocktail mix. Top each glass with soda water, stir and garnish with another cucumber slice or lime wedge, if desired.
11. Tropical Gin Sour
In a shaker half filled with ice cubes, combine 400ml gin, 3 tablespoons simple syrup, 60ml pineapple juice and 2 tablespoons lime juice and shake vigorously for 15-20 seconds. Strain the drink over fresh pineapple slices into four glasses and top up each glass with sparkling soda water. Garnish each glass with an additional pineapple slice or cherry, if desired.
Summer is all about enjoying time outdoors with family and friends - and what better way to do that than with some delicious cocktails? Gin has long been one of the most popular spirits around, and these 11 summertime recipes show why - simple yet sophisticated flavors everyone around the table can enjoy! Try them tonight while you're relaxing on the patio after dinner or hanging out with friends at your next BBQ. So grab your favorite bottle of gin , such as Pacific and Lime , and get ready to whip up some delicious summer drinks! No matter what occasion you choose, these 11 summer recipes will put a smile on your face!