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Spring and Summer Cocktails

Shake Up Your Spring/Summer with 8 Refreshing Gin-Based Cocktails

With the lighter, longer nights now upon us the warmer weather won’t be far behind, and what better way to enjoy the sunshine than with a refreshing cocktail?

Our priority at The Shropshire Distillery has always been to provide our customers with delicious drinks that don’t take endless amounts of time and effort to prepare.

So, to shake up the season, we’ve put together some of our favourite cocktail recipes, using our products, that are neither expensive nor time-consuming. With a cocktail for every one of our spirits, we’ve got something for you and all of your friends to love.

Sparkling Apple Gin Spritz 

If you’re looking for something fruity to sample this summer, our Apple Gin Spritz should definitely be on your drinks list. The crisp taste of apple paired with sweet honey is a delicious partnership, and add in the fizz of prosecco, you’ve got an ideal drink to enjoy all season.  

Ingredients 

• 35ml Limited Edition Apple & Honey Gin
• 100ml Cloudy Apple Juice 
• 10ml Honey (we use our local honey)
• Lemon Juice 
• Prosecco 

Method 

Add the gin, apple juice, honey and just a squeeze of lemon into a cocktail shaker, NO ICE, shake to combine and dissolve the honey.

Add ice to the shaker. 

Shake the mixture very well and strain into a chilled flute glass. Top up with prosecco and serve.  

English Garden Cocktail

Quintessentially British and deliciously simple, our English Garden Cocktail is the perfect refreshment for a day spent amongst flowers and sunshine.

Ingredients

• 50ml Shropshire Dry Gin
• Tonic Water
• 25ml Elderflower cordial
• Cucumber
• Frozen sliced lemon

Method

Leave your gin glass in the freezer for five minutes. This will make sure the glass is refreshingly cold and make placing your cucumber ribbons easier.

Use a peeler to create cucumber ribbons and press them around the inside of your now cold glass.

Add gin, elderflower cordial and top up with tonic and some frozen sliced lemon to add an extra layer of cool to your cocktail.

Ginger Spice

With the distinctive juice of citrus lime, a warming kick of ginger and the freshness of elderflower, this spiced cocktail is packed with flavour for your summer session.

Ingredients

• 50mlAromatic Spiced Gin
• 20ml Lime Juice
• 20ml Elderflower Liqueur
• 20cl Ginger Honey Syrup

Method

Create your Ginger Honey syrup by mixing 1tbsp honey with 2tbsp of boiling water. Add a fresh slice of ginger and allow to cool.

Simply add all the ingredients to a shaker with ice, shake hard and strain into a Coupe glass. Garnish with a lime twist.

Cherry Sour

The perfect drink to tantalise your taste buds, our delicious Cherry Sour features our award-winning Cherry & Pink Peppercorn Gin and is a must-have for any garden party.

Ingredients

• 50ml Cherry & Pink Peppercorn Gin
• 2 Dash Bitters
• 50ml Lemon Juice
• 50ml Simple Syrup
• 4 to 5 Stoneless Cherries

Method

Muddle your cherries and syrup in a shaker.

Add all the ingredients and shake with ice. Sieve, decant and serve over ice. Garnish with a Lemon twist

Salty Dog

Our refreshing Salty Dog cocktail uses our 57% ABV Navy Strength Gin, which is the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of the summer sunshine. Made with just three ingredients, it’s a simple yet delicious cocktail for you to enjoy all season long.

 Ingredients

• 50ml Shropshire Navy Strength Gin
• 100ml Fresh Grapefruit Juice
• Coarse Salt

Method

Wet the rim of a Coupe glass and dip in coarse salt. (You can salt rim just hlaf the glass if you prefer)

Add the gin and juice to a shaker with ice, shake well and decant. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and enjoy!

Espresso Martini

If a delicious caffeine-boost is what you need this summer, our Espresso Martini has certainly got you covered. Fresh, cool and invigorating, it’s the perfect treat to add a boost to your summer.

 Ingredients

AFTER NOON Cold Brewed Coffee Liqueur
• Water

Method

Simply add two parts coffee liqueur to one part water in a shaker, add plenty of ice and shake vigorously. Decant into a Martini glass - Enjoy!

 

The Sundowner

Perfectly fresh with the juices of both lemon and orange, our Citrus Grey Tea Liqueur is the ideal choice to revitalise in the sunshine.

Ingredients

• 50ml AFTER NOON Citrus Grey Tea Liqueur
• 25ml Fresh Lemon Juice
• 25ml Orange Juice
• Dash of Simple Syrup

Method

Just add all the ingredients to a mixer jug with ice.

Stir together and serve with ice.

Lemon Drop Spritz

What better ingredient for the warm weather than the refreshing tang of lemon? Our Lemon Drop Spritz is distinctive, refreshing and delicious and perfect for your sunshine gatherings.

Ingredients

• 25ml Carousel Quest Premium Dry Gin
• 50ml Sparkling San Pellegrino Limonata
• Prosecco
• Sliced Lemon
• Basil

Method

Add Gin to iced glass, add limo at a, Top up with Prosecco

Garnish with a lemon slice and fresh basil.

With plenty of options to keep you hydrated at all the season’s garden parties, why let the fun stop there?

If you’re a cocktail-lover ready to expand your skills, join us at our Cocktail Masterclass to explore all things mixed and impress everyone with your newfound cocktail-making skills.

With interactive guidance and demonstrations from the experts and opportunity to create three different blends, our Cocktail Masterclass will leave you the professional mixer at every garden party this summer.

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