The sun is shining, the BBQ is on and we have a great choice of summer drinks and cocktails for you to enjoy with friends and family in your garden. Take a look at our serve suggestions below, all of which are absolutely delicious, refreshing and easy to make at home.
Which one would you choose for these summer evenings?
Ben Lomond Coconut & Raspberry Buck
Refreshingly delicious, this cocktail is certainly the taste of summer, made with Ben Lomond Raspberry & Elderflower Gin, with tropical coconut liqueur, zesty lime and a touch of spice from the Ginger Ale.
40ml Raspberry & Elderflower Gin
10ml Coconut Liqueur
20ml Lime Juice
Top with Ginger Ale
Fill a rocks glass with ice, add gin, coconut liqueur, lime juice and gently stir. Top with ginger ale and garnish with a wedge of lime.
Nc'nean Whisky Six
Team Nc'nean believe their whisky's creamy texture pairs perfectly with soda. Soda tends to work exceptionally well with fruity and floral notes, ideal for the flavours of citrus, peach, apricot and spice found in their whisky.
- 2 parts Nc’nean Whisky (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.
Kings Summer Cup
The King’s Summer Cup is ideal for summer parties as it's easy to make up in individual glasses or in a large punch bowl. Be sure to get the old-fashioned cloudy lemonade; it cuts through the sweetness of the liqueur whilst complementing the spice of the ginger. The cranberry juice adds dryness and a lovely colour too.
Berry Bros. & Rudd (producers of this fine liqueur) suspect that the fast-living King Edward VII – for whom The King’s Ginger was created back in 1903 – would have heartily approved.
1 part The King's Ginger
3 parts cranberry juice
3 parts cloudy lemonade
Mix the ingredients with plenty of ice. Garnish with lemon wheels and strawberries.
Aqua Vitae The Bramble
Aqua Vitae is an incredibly versatile drink that can be used to make the most amazing summer recipes, but this twist on the classic gin cocktail looks and sounds amazing!
- 37.5ml of Aqua Vitae
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
- Crème de Mure
- 2 blackberries and a twist of lemon
Add the Aqua Vitae, lemon juice, and sugar syrup over crushed ice in an old-fashioned glass or balloon. Churn all ingredients with a bar spoon and top with a drizzle of Crème de Mure. Garnish with 2 blackberries and a twist of lemon.
Edinburgh Gin Lemon & Jasmine Spritz
This Lemon & Jasmine Gin is captivatingly versatile in a variety of drinks to suit any occasion, from refreshing long serves such as a G&T made with premium light tonic water and a twist of lemon, to shorter Martini-style serves which deliver an invigorating lemon hit. This Spritz is super easy to make and very refreshing for these summer days.
- 25ml Edinburgh Gin’s Lemon & Jasmine Gin
- 25ml Limoncello
- 12.5ml lemon juice
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
- Sweet lemonade to top up
Add the gin, Limoncello and lemon juice into a shaker. Add a sprig of fresh thyme and muddle together. Add ice and shake. Fine strain into an ice-filled highball glass, top up with sweet lemonade and garnish with a sprig of thyme, then ENJOY!
These are just a few suggestions, but there are plenty more to choose from.
Thanks to the following drinks companies for their cocktail & serve ideas and images: Ben Lomond Gin, Nc'nean Distillery, Berry Bros. & Rudd, Lindores Abbey Distillery and Edinburgh Gin.