Summer is the perfect season for sunny spritzes and refreshing fizzes. To celebrate the warm weather, stir up these 11 delicious, refreshing and eminently quenching summer gin cocktails.
The arrival of sun-drenched afternoons and long, light evenings is always an occasion worth celebrating and, if you’re of the Sipsmith persuasion, that means stirring and shaking a few sensational summer gin cocktails. Every one of these cocktail recipes has our hand crafted gins at their heart.
1. SUMMERTIME SPRITZ
You’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical hideaway with a Summertime Spritz in your hand. Thanks to the addition of pineapple and passionfruit, this cocktail has a distinctly ‘out of office’ holiday feel.
Add 30ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 50ml pineapple juice and 20ml freshly squeezed lime juice to an ice-filled wine glass. Scoop out the insides of half a passionfruit and add to the wine glass, stirring several times to combine. Top with chilled prosecco and then garnish with the other passionfruit half and a wedge of pineapple.
2. STRAWBERRY SMASH COLLINS
Serve up our extra-special Strawberry Smash Gin, which marks our partnership with Wimbledon as their official gin partner, in this cocktail that’s perfect for courtside sipping – or while catching all the tennis action on TV.
A fruity twist on a Tom Collins, make this summer gin cocktail by combining 50ml Strawberry Smash Gin, 15ml sugar syrup and the juice of half a lemon in an ice-filled highball glass. Top with soda water and garnish with freshly sliced strawberries and a lemon twist.
You can discover how to make a simple sugar syrup recipe, and find recipes for more homemade ingredients, with our guide to making gin syrups.
3. LEMON DRIZZLE SPRITZ
Here’s a supremely simple summer cocktail recipe to add to your home bartending repertoire. Pour 50ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 25ml homemade lime syrup, 12.5ml elderflower cordial and 3-4 mint leaves into a large wine glass and stir to combine. Then, add ice cubes and stir again. Top up with soda water or a splash of Prosecco to add a sparkling celebratory twist, and garnish with a sprig of mint and a lemon wheel. Serve your Lemon Drizzle Spritz alongside a Sunday brunch or as an effervescent start to an al fresco evening.
4. LONDON CALLING SPRITZ
Gin and Prosecco prove to be perfect partners in this refreshing summertime spritz. Combine 40ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 10ml fino sherry, 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice and 10ml sugar syrup in an ice-filled wine glass. Top with half soda water and half Prosecco, before adding an eye-catching finishing touch with fresh rhubarb and pomegranate seeds.
5. SLOE DRIZZLE
Think of this cocktail as a citrus-forward twist on the classic Bramble, in which a vibrant drizzle of Sloe Gin makes for the perfect finishing touch. Gently stir together 40ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 20ml freshly squeezed lemon juice and 10ml sugar syrup in a rocks glass and top up with crushed ice. Drizzle 10ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin over the top so it trickles through the ice. Garnish with a lemon twist, a fragrant sprig of mint and a blackberry.
6. STRAWBERRY SMASH SPRITZ
Pot-stilled and vapour-infused on our experimental still Cygnet, with a hint of English mint for perfectly balanced flavour, we present to you this unique twist on London Dry Gin – Strawberry Smash Gin.
Celebrating the announcement of our partnership with Wimbledon, as The Championship’s official gin partner, this limited-edition drop was made using the 2020 Hugh Lowe Farms‘ strawberry harvest (official grower for Wimbledon). Taste the fruit of summer for yourself in some summer gin cocktails by pouring 50ml Strawberry Smash Gin into an ice-filled highball glass. Top up with chilled soda or premium tonic water and, for an added advantage, garnish with a few freshly sliced strawberries. Game, set… it’s the perfect match.
7. SLOE GIN SPRITZ
Thought sloe gin was for autumn and winter-themed serves? Then think again with this bejewelled summer spritz. Pour 50ml Sipsmith Sloe Gin, 10ml port and 75ml lemonade into an ice-filled wine glass, and top up with 75ml Prosecco. Gently stir and garnish with a lemon twist and a blackberry.
8. ZESTY ORANGE G&T
Zesty summertime sippers will love this citrus-forward version of a classic gin and tonic, which is made by combining 50ml Sipsmith Zesty Orange Gin and 150ml premium Indian tonic water in a tall glass that’s filled with ice. Lift from the bottom with a drinks stirrer or a bar spoon to mix while still maintaining the fizz, then garnish with a wedge of fresh orange.
Discover more helpful home bartending tools, and the kitchen hacks you can use if you don’t happen to have them to hand, by checking out our blog.
9. 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 sunshine feel. Pour 25ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 25ml pink grapefruit juice and 10ml sugar syrup into an ice-filled shaker and shake well. Strain into a chilled flute and top up with Prosecco before garnishing with a fresh grapefruit wheel.
10. LONDON DRY GIN SPRITZ
A final fizzy offering as we start to wrap our selection of summer gin cocktails, this classic spritz can be stirred and served in mere moments. In an ice-filled wine glass, pour over 50ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin, 25ml freshly squeezed lemon juice and 15ml sugar syrup, then top up with 100ml Prosecco and garnish with an apple slice.
11. LEMON DRIZZLE MOJITO
Give the traditional Cuban highball cocktail a cool citrus edge by combining 50ml Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin, 15ml lemon juice, 15ml lime juice, 20ml sugar syrup and 8-10 mint leaves in a glass. Churn with crushed ice and top up with more crushed ice and soda water, before garnishing with a sprig of mint and a fresh lemon peel twist.
Enjoy soaking up the sun with a summer gin cocktail in hand, and remember to tag us on social media @Sipsmith, tagging #PerfectYourServe so we can see your creations.