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The Best Spring Drinks with Gin

 
PUBLISHED IN gin, cocktails
Fresh, fruity or floral - whatever your preference, here are the best Gin drinks to put a spring in your step this season. With ingredients that can be found in most homes, just add sun.
 
Elderflower and cucumber Collins
This classic long drink gets a makeover with the addition of elderflower and cucumber. Simple and delicious.

Cucumber & Elderflower Collins• 2 parts Gin
• 2 parts elderflower cordial
• 1 part simple syrup (which can be made by combining 1 cup of water with 1 cup of sugar over a medium heat and stirring constantly until dissolved)
• 1 part freshly squeezed lemon juice
• Soda water
• Cucumber (to garnish)

Shake the Gin, cordial, sugar syrup and lemon juice with ice. Pour into a highball glass filled with ice, and top with soda. Garnish with cucumber.


Pimms
A British classic, this will go down a storm at any garden party, picnic, or afternoon in the springtime sunshine.

Pimms CocktailPimms is made with Gin, but the addition of an extra tot of London Dry Gin gives this drink an extra punch.

• 2 parts Pimms
• 1 part Gin Lemonade
• Mint
• Strawberries
• Cucumber

Fill a highball glass with ice, add mint leaves, halved strawberries and wedges of cucumber.

Add the Pimms, Gin, and top with lemonade. Stir slowly to mix.


Gin and Grapefruit Fizz
A classic ‘fizz’ must include both lemon juice and carbonated water.

Gin and grapefruit fizzFor this modern twist, we’ve swapped the lemon for its bitter cousin; grapefruit.

• 2 parts Gin
• 2 parts grapefruit juice
• A pinch of brown sugar
• Lime wedges (to garnish)
• Soda water

Combine Gin, grapefruit juice and sugar, shake vigorously with ice. Pour into a tumbler filled with ice, top with soda water and add lime wedges to garnish.


Cucumber & Rosemary Gimlet
Refreshing, delicate, herbal.

Cucumber and rosemary gimletThis twist on an old favourite makes for wonderful springtime drinking.

• 3 parts Gin
• 2 parts freshly squeezed lime juice
• 1 part simple syrup (see method for making your own above)
• Cucumber slices
• Rosemary sprigs

Muddle cucumber slices and rosemary in a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice and add the gin, lime juice and simple syrup. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a rosemary sprig.


And finally… The Classic G&T (with a twist!)
The best G&T is however you like it (lots vs little tonic, lemon vs lime, herbal vs floral, we could go on…) but try this twist on the classic G&T for something really special.

Gin and tonic• Gin (as much as you like, but generally, we go for 1 part Gin to 2 parts tonic)
• Tonic (Indian, Mediterranean or flavoured, pick a tonic to complement your Gin)
• Bitters
• Ice 
• Garnish

Fill a glass with ice (tumbler, highball or Spanish-style coppa), add Gin, top with tonic, and add three dashes of Bitters. Garnish with citrus fruit, herbs or even juniper berries, and enjoy.


French 75
The legend goes that this drink was invented in Harry’s American Bar in Paris in 1925, and was named after the 75mm Howitzer field gun used by the French army in the First World War. However it got its name, here's the French 75 recipe and it’s damn delicious.

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By Emma

Emma

About the author: Emma is a huge enthusiast of all things juniper based – a ginthusiast, if you will. When not at her day job in marketing, she can often be found in various Gin joints across London, Martini in hand.

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