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Gin and Lemon: Five Citrusy Cocktail Recipes

in Mixology January 20, 2017

When life gives you lemons, it’s time to break out your cocktail shaker. Here you’ll find our five favorite refreshing, lemon-forward cocktail recipes, made with our London Dry and Lemon Drizzle Gin.

Whether enjoyed in winter to add a dose of refreshing brightness to your sipping, or enjoyed al fresco in summer to mimic the glorious sunshine, fresh citrus fruit is a surefire winner. Celebrate the season with all things gin and lemon, from gin serves crowned with refreshing lemon sorbet to ginful takes on classic cocktails (Lemon Drizzle Mojito, anyone?).


This sweet, citrusy twist on a classic gin and tonic is satisfyingly simple and refreshing, crafted with our Lemon Drizzle Gin.

To craft this delicious gin and citrus cocktail, simply fill a highball glass with ice, add the gin and top Mediterranean tonic water. Lift with a drinks stirrer or long spoon to combine and garnish with a fresh lemon twist or wedge of fresh lemon.


lemon drizzle mojito

Who ever said that Mojitos had to be made with rum? In our lemony take on the classic serve, we substitute Lemon Drizzle Gin for white rum, and cast lemon and mint as spritzy partners. The result is a refreshing cooler that can be sipped all year long.

  • 2 parts Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin
  • 1/2 part lemon juice
  • 1/2 part lime juice
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • 8-10 mint leaves (plus more to garnish)
  • Crushed ice
  • Soda water, to top
  • Lemon twist, to garnish

Build your Lemon Drizzle Mojito in a highball glass, simply add all ingredients (except ice) to a glass and muddle with a long handled spoon or muddler for a few seconds. Then top with soda water and crushed ice, stir briefly to blend, and garnish with a sprig of mint and twist of fresh lemon.


The Tom Collins is one of the most quintessential gin serves out there. This tribute to the classic upends the formula only slightly, using lemon cordial in place of lemon juice and sugar syrup. Simple to make and impossible not to like, it’s a classic for a reason.

To make your own, combine gin and cordial in an ice-filled highball glass. Top with sparkling water and stir very gently. Garnish with a twist of fresh lemon to serve.


This summertime gin and lemon concoction offers up a triple hit of citrus: courtesy of our Lemon Drizzle Gin, a scoop of lemon sorbet, and a dash of Cointreau.

  • 2 parts Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin
  • 1/2 part Cointreau®
  • 1 small scoop lemon sorbet
  • 1/2 part sugar syrup
  • Egg white or vegan alternative

Add all ingredients to a shaker and dry shake. Add ice and shake again to fully emulsify. Double strain into a chilled coupe.


Gin and lemon make a lovely duo in this Sipsmithian take on iced tea.

Gin and lemon make a perfect duo in this Sipsmithian take on iced tea. Paired with chilled Earl Grey tea and a fruit-forward garnish, this serve is like no other iced tea you’ve ever had before. Designed for al fresco sipping.

  • 2 parts Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin
  • 3/4 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 part sugar syrup
  • 3-4 parts chilled Earl Grey tea
  • Sliced cucumber, mint, and raspberry to garnish

Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled highball glass and stir. Garnish with some sliced cucumber, sprig of mint and a fresh raspberry.

Don’t forget to tag us in your cocktail recreations on social media @sipsmith – we love to see our citrus ginspiration being sipped around the world. Plus, discover more ginspiration below.

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