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11 Summer Gin Cocktails to Try Now

in Mixology June 20, 2019
London Dry Gin Spritz

Summer is the perfect season for zesty spritzes and festive fizzes. To celebrate the warm weather, stir up these 11 delicious, refreshing, and quenching summer gin cocktails.

The arrival of summer is always an occasion worth celebrating—and if you’re of the Sipsmith persuasion, that means seasonal gin cocktails. From ginny twists on the Mojito to spritzes made for sipping in the sultry, sun-drenched afternoons, we’ve gathered 11 of the best gin cocktails to toast with all summer long.

Even better: every one of these cocktail recipes has our handcrafted, uncompromisingly made gin at its heart. Using the highest-quality botanicals, our talented distillers make our gin the traditional way—using gleaming, copper pot stills—before blending it to perfection and bottling it by hand. The result is a premium, beautifully balanced, and artfully crafted gin that will work a treat in whichever serves you stir up this season.

1. Orange & Cacao Spritz

Orange & Cacao Spritz

The spritz cocktail is a classic summer serve, and this year, our Orange & Cacao Gin offers a zesty, chocolatey, and unmistakably junipery new twist on the format.

50ml Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

100ml Prosecco

100ml soda water

Orange twist or fresh orange wedge (to garnish)

Add the gin to an ice-filled wine glass. Top up with the Prosecco and soda water, and finish with a fresh orange twist or wedge.

2. Sloe-Jito


Sloe Gin, with its bountiful berry aromatics, deserves a place in your summer cocktail roster. This ginny twist on the Mojito puts it to refreshingly good use.

50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

20ml apple juice

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

8-10 mint leaves (plus additional to garnish)

Add all ingredients to a highball glass filled with crushed ice. Churn to mix mint through. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

3. London Calling Spritz

London Calling

Gin and Prosecco make the base of this delectably refreshing spritz.

Our uncompromisingly good London Dry Gin is the base of this spritz cocktail, along with saline fino sherry, bright lemon juice, and a good glug of Prosecco.

40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

10ml fino sherry

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

Soda water


Fresh rhubarb and pomegrante seeds (to garnish)

Add the first four ingredients to an ice-filled wine glass. Top up with the soda water and Prosecco. Garnish with the rhubarb and pomegranate seeds.

4. Pink Grapefruit Fizz

Pink Grapefruit Fizz

There’s nothing like gin and Prosecco to make even the most relaxed summertime picnics feel like an occasion—and our delectable Lemon Drizzle Gin adds to the festive feel.

25ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin

25ml pink grapefruit juice

10ml sugar syrup


Fresh grapefruit wheel (to garnish)

Add the first three ingredients to an ice-filled shaker, and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute and top up with Prosecco. Garnish with a fresh grapefruit wheel.

5. Peach and Grapefruit Sour

Peach and grapefruit sour

Perfect for the moment when stone fruits have just come into season, this fragrant peach of a serve is tart, fresh, and delicately sweet.

40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

10ml peach liqueur

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

1 egg white

Orange twist (to garnish)

Add all ingredients to a shaker and shake without ice (dry shake). Open the shaker, add ice, and shake again. Strain into a chilled coupe glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

6. Sloe Drizzle

Sloe Drizzle

Think of this cocktail as a citrus-forward, quenching twist on the classic Bramble. A vibrant drizzle of Sloe Gin makes the perfect finishing touch.

40ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin

20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

10ml sugar syrup

10ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

Lemon twist, a mint sprig, and a blackberry (to garnish)

Add the first three ingredients to a rocks glass and top up with crushed ice. Drizzle the Sipsmith Sloe Gin over the top so it trickles through the ice. Garnish with a lemon twist, mint sprig, and a blackberry.

7. Orange & Cacao Old Fashioned

Orange & Cacao Old Fashioned

Yes, the Old Fashioned can be a gin cocktail—and our Orange & Cacao Gin, with its warm citrus and toasty chocolate notes, is the perfect inclusion.

30ml Sipsmith Orange & Cacao Gin

30ml bourbon

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Orange twist (to garnish)

Add the first three ingredients to an ice-filled mixing glass and stir until chilled. Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass, and garnish with an orange twist.

8. Summertime Spritz

Summertime Spritz

Feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical hideaway with a Summertime Spritz in hand.

Now here is a gin spritz cocktail to reach for on the balmiest summer days. Pineapple and passionfruit make this serve taste like a holiday in the tropics.

30ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

50ml pineapple juice

20ml freshly squeezed lime juice

1 passionfruit, halved


Wedge of pineapple (to garnish)

Add the first three ingredients to an ice-filled wine glass. Scoop out the insides of half a passionfruit and add, stirring several times to combine. Garnish with the other passionfruit half and a wedge of pineapple.

9. Sloe Royale

Sloe Royale

Make this pink gin serve part of your home bartending repertoire this season—gin and Prosecco is, after all, a timeless combination.

15ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

100ml Prosecco or Champagne

Lemon twist (to garnish)

Add the Sipsmith Sloe Gin to a chilled flute, and top up with Prosecco or Champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.

10. London Dry Gin Spritz

London Dry Gin Spritz

Virtually every summery event is improved with the addition of a spritz—and this fizzy number can be stirred up in mere moments.

50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin

25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice

15ml sugar syrup

100ml Prosecco

Apple slice (to garnish)

Add the first three ingredients to an ice-filled wine glass. Top up with Prosecco and gently stir. Garnish with an apple slice.

11. Sloe Gin Spritz

Sloe Gin Spritz

This gin spritz cocktail captures our Sloe Gin in its most summery guise. It’s perfect for sipping in the long, late summer evenings—preferably accompanied by friends and nibbles in a back garden.

50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin

10ml port

75ml lemonade

75ml Prosecco

Lemon twist and a blackberry (to garnish)

Add the first three ingredients to an ice-filled wine glass, and top up with Prosecco. Gently stir, and garnish with a lemon twist and a blackberry.

Make the most of your ginful summer with these 11 delectable cocktails—and find additional mixing inspiration on our cocktail page. 

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