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37 spring and summer cocktail recipes for BBQs and garden parties

Serve up some refreshing cocktails at your outdoor soirée

1

Black Cow Strawberry Cup 

Black Cow Strawberry Cup 

This deliciously creamy serve from Black Cow vodka, using its English strawberry expression, is the perfect pitcher for sharing with friends. 

Ingredients 

  • 50ml Black Cow & English Strawberries vodka 
  • 15ml freshly squeezed lemon juice 
  • 15ml elderflower cordial 
  • Cucumber, a few slices 
  • Fresh strawberries, several, sliced 
  • Fresh mint leaves, a small handful 
  • Ginger beer, to top 

Add all ingredients to a large jug and give a good stir. Serve in glasses, over ice.

2

Cointreau Original Margarita

Cointreau Original Margarita

The margarita is one of the most popular cocktails in the world and this version uses Cointreau, tequila and lots of fresh lime juice.

Ingredients

  • 30ml Cointreau 
  • 50ml Blanco Tequila 
  • 20ml fresh lime juice 

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and add ice. Shake and strain into a salt rimmed coupe or rocks glass. Garnish with a wheel of lime.

3

RedLeg Pineapple Daiquiri 

RedLeg Pineapple Daiquiri 

This RedLeg rum cocktail is a sure-fire way to bring those Caribbean vibes to your home this summer. 

Ingredients

  • 50ml RedLeg Pineapple  
  • 25ml fresh lime juice  
  • 10ml sugar syrup 

Shake the ingredients with plenty of ice, then strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Bulldog Gin’s Supersonic Gin and Tonic 

Bulldog Gin’s Supersonic Gin and Tonic 

For a modern twist to your G&T, try it with Bulldog London Dry Gin, which is blended with 12 carefully selected botanicals including white poppy, dragon eye, lotus leaf and warming liquorice. The aromatic tonic and cassis brings a fresh fruity balance to the traditional G&T, making this the perfect sundowner. 

Ingredients

  • 25ml Bulldog Gin 
  • 100ml Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic 
  • 10ml cassis 
  • Blackberry and mint leaves for garnish 

Pour the Bulldog Gin, Fever Tree Aromatic Tonic and cassis into a highball or copa glass over ice. Garnish with a blackberry and mint sprig.

5

The Original Venetian Spritz by Select Aperitivo 

The Original Venetian Spritz by Select Aperitivo 

Select Aperitivo is the essential ingredient for the Original Venetian Spritz, a simple yet delicious cocktail traditionally served with a large green olive.  

Ingredients

  • 3 parts prosecco 
  • 2 parts Select Aperitivo 
  • 1 splash soda water 
  • 1 large green olive with stone  

Pour cold prosecco into a wine glass over ice. Add Select, a splash of soda water and gently stir together. Garnish with a large green olive.

6

Cotswolds No.1 Wildflower Gin Spritz

Cotswolds No.1 Wildflower Gin Spritz

Serve up a simple refreshing spritz using the Cotswolds Distillery’s No.1 Wildflower Gin. 

Ingredients

  • 50ml Cotswolds No.1 Wildflower Gin 
  • Premium tonic water
  • Slice of orange to garnish 

Add ice to a copa glass and pour in Cotswolds No.1 Wildflower Gin. Top up with premium tonic water and garnish with a slice of orange. 

7

El-Sueño Watermelon Margarita

El-Sueño Watermelon Margarita

El Sueño Watermelon is a premium mixto tequila which makes for easy and interesting twists on classic cocktails such as margarita and paloma.

Ingredients

  • 60ml El Sueño Watermelon 
  • 25ml fresh lime juice 
  • 15ml Agave syrup (optional) 

Prepare a tumbler or martini glass by creating a salt rim (spread salt on a plate, run a lime wedge around the glass rim and twist on the plate). Combine all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until cold. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with a slice of lime or piece of watermelon.

8

The Botanist Gin Dry Martini

The Botanist Gin Dry Martini

This take on the classic dry martini lets The Botanist Gin’s 22 hand-foraged botanicals shine through.

Ingredients

  • 75ml The Botanist Islay Dry Gin 
  • 15ml Dry Vermouth (chilled from the fridge) 
  • Classic garnish: lemon peel twist 
  • Local or sustainable garnish: lemon balm 

Fill your favourite martini glass with ice and set aside. Fill a mixing glass with 2/3 good quality ice and add all the ingredients and stir continuously for at least 30 seconds to allow for the ingredients to combine a small amount of dilution from the ice. Empty the ice out of the martini glass. Strain into your chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist or lemon balm. 

9

Aviation Gin Sunrise G&T

Aviation Gin Sunrise G&T

An easy cocktail for spring and summer using Aviation American Gin. 

Ingredients

  • 40ml Aviation American Gin 
  • 30ml Bitter Aperitivo Liqueur 
  • 90ml tonic water 
  • Mint sprig 

Pour Aviation Gin and Bitter Aperitivo Liqueur into a glass filled with ice and top with tonic water. Gently stir and garnish with mint sprig.

10

Lady Ellenborough by Ellenborough Park 

Lady Ellenborough by Ellenborough Park

Lady Ellenborough was a dazzling character who took English society by storm in the 19th century. Not only did she inspire the individuality of Ellenborough Park in the Cotswolds, but also the hotel’s signature cocktail, which takes her name too.  

Ingredients 

  • 25ml Hendricks Gin 
  • 15ml Chase Elderflower Liqueur  
  • 15ml lime juice  
  • 5ml simple syrup 
  • Champagne to top up  
  • 1in cucumber (peeled)  
  • Cucumber ribbons to garnish 

Smash cucumber in a shaker glass. Add all ingredients to the glass and shake over ice. Fine strain into a chilled, garnished champagne flute and top up with champagne. Finish with cucumber ribbon.

11

The Umi by Sexy Fish London

The Umi by Sexy Fish London

“Umi”, meaning sea/ocean in Japanese, is the inspiration behind this cocktail from the bar team at Sexy Fish London, the Asian restaurant and late-night bar in Mayfair. Created in collaboration with The House of Suntory, it’s made with Roku Gin, Dassai sake, citrus, elderflower, aperitif blend, egg white and aloe vera.

Ingredients 

  • 40ml Roku Gin
  • 20ml Dassai sake
  • 20ml kaffir lime sherbet 
  • 10ml Green Chartreuse
  • 10ml Benedictine
  • 5ml Suze
  • 15ml aloe juice
  • 10ml Yuzu
  • 10ml sugar syrup
  • 10ml elderflower
  • 5ml supasawa
  • 5ml raspberry syrup
  • 2 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
  • Egg white

Spritz absinthe

  • Top line method

Shaken and strained into glass.

12

LoneWolf Cactus & Lime Mojito cocktail

Justin De Souza

LoneWolf Cactus & Lime Mojito

Transport yourself to Cuba’s capital Havana, the birthplace of the mojito, with this refreshing twist on the classic serve with gin instead of rum. Bursting with kaffir lime and spiky citrus notes, this is a fabulous sundowner for those long summer nights.

Ingredients 

  • 50ml LoneWolf Cactus & Lime gin 
  • 25ml freshly squeezed lime juice 
  • 25ml sugar syrup 
  • Fresh mint 
  • Soda water 

Add LoneWolf Cactus & Lime gin, sugar syrup and fresh lime juice to a highball glass. Then add a little crushed ice a third of the way up the glass. Add five or so mint leaves (giving them a slap between your hands to release the aromatic oils). Stir them through the drink, top with more crushed ice and a splash of soda water. Garnish with a bunch of mint sprigs.

13

Regal Rogue’s The Wild Australiano

Regal Rogue’s Wild Australiano

Regal Rogue, the Australian quaffing vermouth, has put its twist on the classic Americano. As summer is officially rosé season, the Wild Australiano made with Regal Rogue Wild Rosé is a recommended drink for the hotter months.

Ingredients 

  • 37.5ml Regal Rogue Wild Rosé 
  • 12.5ml Aperol 
  • 100ml Fever-Tree White Grape & Apricot Soda 

Combine Wild Rosé and Aperol over ice. Top with Fever-Tree White Grape & Apricot Soda and garnish with lemon and mint.

14

Rackhouse Lemonade is a signature cocktail by Daddy Rack

Rackhouse Lemonade

Daddy Rack Tennessee Straight Whiskey is lovely to drink on its own, with or without ice. However, it really comes alive as part of the brand’s own signature cocktail, the Rackhouse Lemonade. With its refreshing peachy undertones, this is a perfect drink for the outdoor season.

Ingredients

  • 45ml Daddy Rack
  • 20ml Crème De Pêche
  • 15ml lemon juice 
  • 90ml lemon-lime soda

Combine all the ingredients in an ice-filled Collins glass. Stir and garnish with a slice or twist of lemon.

15

Brits Spritz cocktail recipe

Johnny Stephens Photography

Brits Spritz - Artelium x Wilfred’s 

Wilfred’s non-alcoholic British aperitif is made from a blend of zesty bitter orange, herbal notes of rosemary, rhubarb and just a hint of clove. When partnered with Artelium’s English sparkling wine it creates the Brits Spritz - a vibrant yet refined spritz cocktail, perfect for summer sipping.

Ingredients

  • 50ml of Wilfred’s aperitif 
  • 100ml of Artelium’s sparkling wine 
  • 10ml of elderflower liqueur or cordial 

Build in a wine glass over plenty of ice, garnish with a slice of orange.

16

Bombay Sapphire Gin Mule 

Bombay Sapphire Gin Mule 

Nothing says summer better than the botanical notes of a well-made gin and this spicy update to the classic vodka cocktail really delivers. Vibrant ginger spice meets the bright juniper and citrus flavour profile of Bombay Sapphire, lifted with a squeeze of fresh lime. 

Ingredients 

  • 50ml Bombay Sapphire gin 
  • 15ml lime juice 
  • 100ml ginger beer (chilled) 
  • 2 fresh mint sprigs 
  • 2 lime wedges 
  • Slice of fresh ginger (optional)

Fill a copper mug to the top with cubed ice. Pour 50ml of Bombay Sapphire over the ice. Squeeze and drop in two wedges of lime. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with fresh mint and a slice of ginger.

17

Cherry Sing Smash 

Cherry Sing Smash 

Sing Gin - an independent, family run distillery based in the Yorkshire Dales - produces premium, small batch gin. In celebration of all things summer, the Sing Gin tasting team has crafted some delicate, fruity cocktails including the Cherry Sing Smash.

Ingredients 

  • 35ml Sing Gin 
  • 10ml sugar syrup 
  • 15ml fresh lime juice 
  • 5 to 6 fresh cherries (pitted and muddled) 
  • Top with soda or sparkling water 

Prepare the ingredients in a highball glass and garnish with cherry and a slice of lime.

18

Monkey Colada

Monkey Colada

A new twist on the classic piña colada recipe using Monkey Shoulder whisky. 

Ingredients 

  • 35ml Monkey Shoulder 
  • 15ml Malibu 
  • 15ml Coco Réal 
  • 75ml pineapple juice 

Fill a tall glass with ice and set aside to chill. Put all ingredients into a shaker/jar or anything with a lid, add some ice and shake to chill. Strain into your chilled glass. Garnish with an umbrella and a slice of fresh pineapple.

19

Spirited Union Pink Grapefruit & Rose Rum 

Spirited Union Pink Grapefruit & Rose Rum 

Spirited Union Rum is a range of Caribbean rums, infused with fresh botanicals in Amsterdam. Let this delicious cocktail whisk you away to a tropical destination.

Ingredients

  • 160ml Spirited Union Pink Grapefruit & Rose 
  • 240ml fresh lemon juice 
  • 120ml sugar syrup 
  • 120ml cranberry juice 200ml (or more) 
  • Sparkling water 

Add all ingredients together, add ice cubes and stir. Serve into glasses filled with more ice, garnish with grapefruit wedges.

20

The Lost & Mojito 

The Lost & Mojito 

Leave regular mojitos in the past and try something new with The Lost Explorer Mezcal. The Lost & Mojito makes for a fabulous alternative mojito serve, bringing deep, rich and smoky flavours to this wonderful cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 45ml The Lost Explorer Espadín 
  • 30ml simple syrup 
  • 30ml lime juice 
  • 8-10 mint leaves 
  • Club soda 

Muddle all ingredients except the club soda. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with a sprig of fresh peppermint.

21

Cotswolds Fly Away 

Cotswolds Fly Away 

Oliver Morris, head of mixology at Cotswolds Distillery, has created a range of cocktails which are easy to make at home. Made with Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, the Fly Away is a sweet coconut cocktail, with honeyed malt sweetness and refreshing ginger ale.

Ingredients

  • 45ml Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky 
  • 25ml coconut water 
  • 5ml lime juice 
  • Top up ginger ale 
  • 2 dashes of orange bitters 
  • Garnish with a wedge of lime 

Place all ingredients into an ice filled shaker (except ginger ale), shake, and strain into an ice filled hi-ball and top up with ginger ale. 

22

Sipsmith & Served 

Sipsmith & Served 

The refreshing Sipsmith & Served cocktail is a collaboration between Served, Ellie Goulding’s premium hard seltzer brand, and Sipsmith, Wimbledon’s first official gin partner.

Ingredients

  • 40ml Sipsmith Strawberry Smash Gin 
  • 20ml lemon juice 
  • 20ml sugar syrup 
  • 3 strawberries 
  • Top with Served Raspberry Hard Seltzer 

Create in a large wine glass with cubed ice. Then garnish with strawberries and a sprig of mint.

23

Clementino Prosecco Smash 

Clementino Prosecco Smash 

This tennis-themed cocktail is a perfect serve all summer, not just during Wimbledon. 

Ingredients

  • 50ml Ginato Clementino Gin 
  • 20ml sugar syrup 
  • 20ml lemon juice 
  • 50ml prosecco 

Add all ingredients except for the prosecco, churn over crushed ice. Top with prosecco and garnish with orange slices.

24

Pinktini cocktail Pinkster Gin

Pinktini

Shaken not stirred, the Pinktini is a cocktail created by Pinkster Gin. 

Ingredients

  • 50ml Pinkster Gin 
  • 10ml elderflower cordial 

Fill shaker with ice, throw in several raspberries and then add five parts Pinkster to one part cordial, shake and pour. Garnish with a raspberry and sprig of spanked mint. 

25

Glenfiddich ‘Peach Perfect’ 

Glenfiddich ‘Peach Perfect’ 

A riff on a classic Rob Roy cocktail, Glenfiddich’s “Peach Perfect” reduces the sweet vermouth and adds dry sherry and fruity peach flavours to balance the complex flavour notes of the Glenfiddich Solera 15 Year Old. 

Ingredients

  • 45ml Glenfiddich Solera 15 Year Old 
  • 15ml sweet vermouth 
  • 5ml fino sherry 
  • 5ml crème de pêche 
  • 1.25ml 2:1 sugar syrup 
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters 
  • 2 dashes of Peychaud bitters 

Add all ingredients into a mixing glass, stir and strain over ice into a rocks glass. Garnish with discarded orange zest.

26

The Grand Old Man cocktail by Gladstone Axe Whisky

The Grand Old Man 

Newly launched brand Gladstone Axe Whisky has two varieties on offer: American Oak and The Black Axe. Both can be enjoyed neat, on the rocks, or mixed with a splash of soda or ginger ale and served with a slice of orange. They can also be used to make cocktails like The Grand Old Man.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Gladstone Axe 
  • Sugar syrup to taste 
  • 2 dashes of Angostura Bitters 
  • Garnish: orange zest 

Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake, strain into tumbler, garnish with a slice of orange.

27

Mijenta Summer in Arandas 

Mijenta Summer in Arandas 

Mijenta is a new sustainable and artisanal tequila from the highlands of Jalisco in Mexico, which recently launched in the UK. It can be served on the rocks or mixed in a cocktail like the Mijenta Summer in Arandas. 

Ingredients

  • 1.5 parts Mijenta Blanco Tequila 
  • 4 watermelon cubes (1.5”x1.5”) 
  • 1 part fresh lime juice 
  • 0.5 parts elderflower liqueur 
  • 0.25 parts simple syrup 

Meddle the watermelon and add the rest of the ingredients. Shake vigorously with plenty of ice and double strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a salted watermelon cube.

28

The Whisky Six

The Whisky Six

Celebrate the start of summer with a refreshing cocktail from Nc’nean, Scotland’s sustainable, organic and female-owned whisky distillery. 

Ingredients 

  • 2 parts Nc’nean (50ml) 
  • 4 parts soda water (100ml) 
  • Mint sprig to garnish 

Fill a glass with cubed ice and add all the ingredients. Gently stir then garnish with a fresh sprig of mint.

29

The Fresh 

The Fresh 

This light cocktail by the Terre Blanche Hôtel Spa Golf Resort will transport you straight to the magical region of Provence in France.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Plymouth gin 
  • 25ml St Germain liqueur 
  • 20ml lemon juice 
  • 15ml rose liqueur 
  • 10ml cane sugar 
  • 8 mint leaves 
  • 3 slices cucumber 

Fill a cocktail shaker with all of the ingredients and ice. Double strain and pour over crushed ice. Garnish with any remaining cucumber and mint.

30

Southside 

Southside 

Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane hotel in Mayfair is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a new selection of Art Deco-themed cocktails. Inspired by the hotel’s unique architecture, 45 Park Lane’s bar manager Francesco Orefici has researched and recreated a selection of the best-loved cocktails from the iconic Art Deco period, dating from 1925 to 1935. This “Southside” cocktail, made with Monkey 47 gin, is savoury and refreshing with a hint of mint.

Ingredients 

  • Monkey 47 gin
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Fresh mint leaves 

31

The Balvenie ‘Paper Plane’ 

The Balvenie ‘Paper Plane’ 

A twist on a modern classic, The Balvenie “Paper Plane” is a flavoursome and approachable way to enjoy whisky on a summer’s day. 

Ingredients 

  • 30ml Sweet Toast of American Oak 12 
  • 25ml Aperol 
  • 25ml Amaro Nonino 
  • 25ml fresh lemon juice 

Add all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Shake well. Fine strain (double strain) into coupe glass. Garnish with a lemon zest.

32

Monkey Shoulder ‘Beach, Please’ 

Monkey Shoulder ‘Beach, Please’ 

Preferably enjoyed with sand between the toes but can work just as well with your feet in a blow-up paddling pool, Monkey Shoulder’s “Beach, Please” is a great summer serve for all your monkeying around.

Ingredients 

  • 50ml Monkey Shoulder Original 
  • 20ml chilli syrup / cinnamon syrup 
  • 20ml lime juice 
  • 75ml pineapple juice 
  • Prosecco 

Build all ingredients in a large wine glass/goblet. Add plenty of ice. Quick stir. Top with prosecco. Garnish with pineapple, lime and mint.

33

Summer Fragrance 

Summer Fragrance 

At Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo this fragrant cocktail can be found on its bar menu. It’s a deliciously decadent choice for any gin fan. 

Ingredients

  • 40ml 44°N Gin 
  • 20ml lavender liqueur 
  • 20ml lime juice 
  • 15ml violet syrup 
  • 15ml egg white 

Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker and dry shake them (to build up a foam). Add ice and shake again. Double filter into a Martini glass, then garnish with lime zest, edible flower and lavender. Serve on a tray with lavender vaporiser.

34

Foraged Martini 

Foraged Martini 

Created by Noel Venning, the Foraged Martini cocktail is available at Three Sheets bar in London. The Dalston favourite is No.34 on The World’s 50 Best Bars List

Ingredients

  • 50ml Absolut Elyx 
  • 10ml Dry Italian Vermouth 
  • 5ml Thorncroft’s Wild Nettle Cordial 
  • Glass: Nick + Nora, Coupette or Martini Glass
  • Garnish: Lemon zest discarded. Sprig of Gypsophila (baby’s breath)

Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker over ice and stir to dilute and chill. Double strain into a glass.

35

Franco’s Fizz

Franco’s Fizz

Franco’s Bar, located at Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano, Italy, has launched a new signature cocktail menu. One of the creations by mixologist Mattia Pastoria is “Franco’s Fizz”, a refreshing distillation of Mediterranean flavours.

Ingredients

  • 50ml Italicus bergamot liqueur
  • 100ml homemade or artisanal lemonade
  • 20ml organic sfusato amalfitano lemon juice
  • 10ml almond milk
  • A little sea salt and finely granulated pistachio
  • Strands of sfusato amalfitano lemon to garnish

First, coat the rim of the tumbler with the pistacchio and salt. The best way to do this is to mix some fine sea salt and powdered pistachio together in a tea or coffee saucer and wet the mixture with a little lemon juice, then turn the glass upside down and twist it gently in the moistened powder. Finally, place a large chunk of ice in the tumbler. Next, place all the liquid ingredients except the lemonade in a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into the tumbler. Add the lemonade, stir, and garnish with the lemon zest strands.

36

Rosé Martini 

Rosé Martini 

This creation by No.3 London Dry Gin brand ambassador Ross Bryant is a sweeter twist on a classic martini. See the No.3 website for more cocktail recipes. 

Ingredients

  • 60ml No.3 Gin 
  • 20ml Lustau Rose Vermouth 
  • Garnish: a twist of pink grapefruit

Stir over ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a twist of pink grapefruit.

37

Cucumber Gimlet 

Cucumber Gimlet 

The team at Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles have put together a guaranteed showstopper for your summer parties. This simple and refreshing cocktail is just perfect for the warmer months.

Ingredients 

  • 60ml Hendrick’s gin 
  • 15ml simple syrup 
  • 15ml lime juice 
  • 3 coins of cucumber 
  • Glass: Martini glass 

Muddle your coins of cucumber. Add gin, simple syrup and lime juice, shake with ice, then strain into a martini glass. Voila!

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