5 Summer Gin Cocktails

Low in calories, helping to fight infection and disease, and said to ease digestion, there’s no doubt that gin has become our go to drink for the summer. Refreshing in a summer spritzer or peppery and cutting when mixed with ginger, here are 5 summer gin cocktail recipes to test this year.

St Clements

Oranges and lemons, sing the bells of St Clements. Beginning life as a mocktail, it wasn’t long before someone suggested adding a splash of Hendricks gin to make this the perfect summer tipple.


  • 25ml Hendricks Gin
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • 75ml Bitter Lemon
  • 100ml Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange Wedge to Garnish

Tanquerey No10 Martini

Summer drinks needn’t all be fruity and fresh, a dry martini is the perfect antidote to the summer heat, sipped quietly on a veranda somewhere warm and exotic.


  • 50ml Tanquerey No TEB
  • 10ML Dry Vermouth
  • Pink Grapefruit or Lime to Garnish

Ginger Fizz

Peppery and dry, the ginger fizz offers a spicy take on a cocktail classic. A soothing blend of ginger ale and gin, the drink is suited to those who like a refreshing drink that isn’t sweet or citrusy.


  • 50ml Gordon’s Gin
  • Thinly Sliced Ginger
  • Dash of Angostura Bitters
  • Ginger Ale
  • 2 Teaspoons of Caster Sugar (If Desired)
  • 2 Squeezes of Lemon (If Desired)

Garibaldi Sbagliato

A mix of Campari from Northern Italy with oranges from the South, the Garibaldi Sbagliato fuses fruity, refreshing citruses with decadent fizz to create a light and tasty summer drink.


  • 25ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 50ml Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Orange Wedge for Garnish
  • Champagne to Top

Basil Smash

A cocktail that suits a sweltering summer’s day, the Basil Smash was conceived by Jörg Meyer of the Lion in Hamburg in 2008. The drink quickly became a phenomenon, winning “Best New Cocktail” at the 2008 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards.


  • 50ml Greenall’s Gin
  • 25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 5ml Sugar Syrup
  • 8 Torn Fresh Basil Leaves

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