As we look forward to sun-kissed summer days and balmy evenings, our thoughts turn to delicious gin serves that are designed for sharing.
Each of these recipes are ideal for a group of four to six discerning sippers, can be prepared in advance and are sure to go down a storm. Impress your friends and family with one of our favourite cocktails for groups. Simple to craft at home; build in a carafe, pitcher or punch bowl, add the ingredients, stir to combine and garnish before serving.
Serve a slice of summer with our ginny twist on the classic minty Mojito, which is sure to transport you to warmer climates with each sip.
For this serve, you’ll need to make a simple sugar syrup – find our easy recipe here (it only takes 5 minutes). Once you are ready to sip, simply build in a pitcher and stir these fragrant ingredients:
To craft your sharing Sloejito, simply add the lime juice and mint leaves to a carafe or bowl and muddle lightly to release the herbaceous aroma. Then add the gin and sugar syrup and wait for your guests to arrive. Just before you serve, fill the carafe with ice, top with soda and swirl with your Swan Drinks Stirrer to combine.
If you enjoyed the addition of zingy mint to this sharing gin cocktail, check out how to grow your own gin garnishes – from rosemary to basil – in your garden or on a kitchen windowsill with advice from Co-Founder, Master Distiller and keen gardener, Jared Brown.
SHARING STRAWBERRY BASIL SMASH
Serve up a sharing cocktail that’s sure to be a winner with any crowd. A tribute to the beautiful game – tennis, of course – we squeezed real Wimbledon strawberries to distil this sensational gin. This champion twist on the Gin Basil Smash uses bright and peppery basil to complement our London Dry Gin’s traditional botanicals, simply combine the following ingredients over ice:
From a Strawberry Smash G&T to a Strawberry Smash Spritz, our limited-edition Strawberry Smash Gin works perfectly in a variety of classic cocktails. However, if you are yet to experience our latest release, it’s possible to use a sublime substitute in the form of Sipsmith London Dry Gin, instead – simply add a few extra strawberries for a fruity kick.
SHARING STRAWBERRY SMASH ICED TEA
This renowned and superbly sippable summer staple is given a peach twist in this recipe, thanks to the addition of a fruit puree. All you need to make this eminently British tea-infused cocktail is:
- 200ml Sipsmith Strawberry Smash Gin
- 350ml cold-brew Earl Grey tea
- 100ml lemon juice
- 3 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam
- thinly sliced strawberries, to garnish
Overnight, steep 4-5 Earl Grey tea bags in 1 litre of cold water to make your Earl Grey cold brew (brewing in cold water takes longer but releases the floral notes without the bitter tannins). In a separate bowl, mix your jam with a splash of hot water until it’s a pouring consistency, then add all ingredients to a jug or carafe filled with ice. Stir to combine with a bar spoon or long-handled spoon, then serve over ice in highballs then garnish with thinly sliced strawberries.
A sparkling Mimosa is an ideal way to get a romantic brunch or Sunday lunch off to a bubbly start. One of our favourite gin cocktails for groups, our Zesty Orange Gin’s aromatic botanicals – including fresh orange peel and zingy citrus – pair perfectly with the freshly squeezed orange juice. To make this effervescent offering, you’ll need:
Ahead of your guests’ arrival, prepare a carafe with the gin, orange juice and soda water. When your guests arrive, simply add ice to the carafe, pour into Champagne flutes and top with chilled prosecco. Garnish with an orange peel twist and accompany with a delightful brunch spread.
Add some fruity flair to your next serve with our classic and contemporary citrus cocktails featuring either Lemon Drizzle Gin – made with sun-dried lemon peel and lemon verbena – or Zesty Orange Gin.
SHARING GIN PALOMA
Traditionally made with tequila, our ginny version brings the fiesta to any al fresco setting. Once you’ve made the perfect pitcher of Paloma, resist the temptation to pour immediately and take a few seconds to prepare your guests’ individual serves. Simply moisten the rim of each Rocks glass or tumbler with a little pink grapefruit juice, then dip in a saucer of salt to create a salted rim.
- 150ml Sipsmith London Dry Gin
- 100ml lime juice
- 200ml pink grapefruit juice
- 100ml sugar syrup
- 250ml soda water
- pink grapefruit twists, to garnish
Don’t forget to take a photo of your sharing cocktail creations and tag us @sipsmith so we can see your bar-quality cocktails at home on social media.