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Spring Gin Cocktails: 6 easy cocktails to impress your garden party guests

These light spring cocktails make the perfect spring tipple

Calling all budding mixologists! A heatwave is on its way to the UK and with garden parties and outdoor gatherings back in the social calender, it's time to dust off your cocktail shaker – just in time for the bank holiday season.

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We might be loving the return of pubs and bars as outdoor venues have finally been able to reopen after months of lockdown restrictions, but if you've ever tried to find a table at one without a booking on a Friday – you'll know that spontaneous evenings are off the cards.  

So why not bring the bar home? Whether you're a fan of a citrus twang, or fruity flavours are more your jam, we've created a round up of the very best gin cocktails – so you can impress at all your socially distanced soirées this spring.

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Rhubarb Sour

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Made with deliciously light Cotton Gin and fresh rhubarb, this premium small-batch gin has a delicate botanical flavour with a hint of vanilla - making the perfect spring cocktail.

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 50ml Cotton Gin
  • 25ml Lemon Juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 12.5ml Rhubarb Syrup (recipe below)
  •  ½ Egg White

INSTRUCTIONS

To make the sugar syrup:

Step 1

Chop 3 sticks of rhubarb into small pieces.

Step 2

Add to a pan with 200ml of water and 100g sugar.

Step 3

Gently heat and keep on a low heat for 15-20mins (until the rhubarb has softened). Do not let it boil!

Step 4

Pass through a fine strainer to remove the remaining rhubarb

To make the cocktail:

Add all the ingredients to a shaker without ice. Shake together for 10 seconds.  Add ice to the shaker and shake hard for 15 more seconds.  Fine strain into a glass filled with fresh ice. (If shaken hard enough you should have a nice foam).

Pink, Pink Pepper

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For a citrus twist, use Bathtub Gin for a zesty grapefruit cocktail that will be sure to impress your garden guests. 

INGREDIENTS
 

  • Bathtub Gin
  • 80ml pink grapefruit juice
  • 80ml tonic
  • 25ml pink peppercorn honey (recipe below)
  • Grapefruit slice and crushed pink pepper to garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

To batch make the pink peppercorn honey:

Step 1

 Add 1 tbsp pink peppercorns to 100ml honey and 100ml hot water.

Step 2

Stand for half an hour, strain and keeps for 1 week in the fridge.

To make the cocktail:

Fill highball glass with ice, pour over Bathtub Gin, pink grapefruit juice, tonic and pink peppercorn honey and stir gently. Garnish with pink pepper dipped grapefruit slice.

Classic G&T

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If you're going to opt for a classic G&T, you may as well make one using Ryan Reynold's co-owned gin brand Aviation Gin.  This American gin is the perfect base for a variety of cocktails with juniper in the background and citrus and floral notes in the front. If it's good enough for Ryan...

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 50ml Aviation American Gin
  • 150 ml Tonic Water
  • Lemon and Lime

INSTRUCTIONS

Pour a double shot of Avation Gin into a glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Then gently stir and garnish with a lemon and lime wheel.

Arancia E Miele Sour

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Malfy gin screams summer in a bottle, sure to transport you to warm days in the Mediterranean and long Italian evenings, even if travel restrictions mean we're stuck to our UK gardens for a while. 

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 50ml Malfy Con Arancia
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Blood Orange Juice
  • 20ml Honey
  • Egg White
  • 3 Drops Cardamom Bitters
  • Orange Wedge (to garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a cocktail shaker, shake the first 5 ingredients without ice to create a foamy texture. Then shake with ice and strain into a chilled glass over ice. Garnish with an orange wedge.

Lemon Drizzle Gin Mojito

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Fragrant and zesty, Sipsmith Lemon Drizzle Gin makes for a supremely refreshing spring gin ingredient – use it as the base of a mood-boosting Mojito and you’re in for a real treat.

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 50ml Lemon Drizzle Gin
  • 15ml Lemon Juice
  • 15ml Lime Juice
  • 20ml Sugar Syrup
  • 8-10 Mint Leaves

INSTRUCTIONS

Combine all the ingredients in a glass. Churn with crushed ice and then top up with more crushed ice and soda water, before garnishing with a sprig of mint, and a freshly peeled lemon twist.

Raspberry Beret

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According to experts at The Cocktail Service, this vibrant, fruity and zesty cocktail is set to be an all-around favourite this summer. 

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 25ml Gin
  • 25ml Raspberry Liqueur
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 6 Raspberries
  • 15ml Gomme
  • Top Soda
  • Lemon Slice and a Raspberry (to garnish)

INSTRUCTIONS

Put all ingredients except the soda, into a shake and shake hard. Strain into a hi-ball filled with cubed ice. Top with soda, Crown with crushed ice if you have it and garnish.

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If you're keen to try these delicious gin cocktails - don't forget the essentials! Many of these recipes require shaking to get that deliciously smooth frothy texture. 

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