The best gin cocktails for summer

It’s been tough but someone had to do it. Here is our guide to the best gin cocktails for summer. They are almost all chilled and served with some refreshing ingredient like lime or mint.

If you’re settling down for cocktail hour, we obviously recommend using an Australian gin such as Botanic Australis, Four Pillars, The West Winds, Stone Pine or Melbourne Gin Company.

What’s your favourite summer cocktail?

Sicilian 75

One of our absolute favourites, this is surprisingly delicious and gloriously refreshing on a hot summer’s day.

  • 30ml gin
  • 30ml fresh blood-orange juice, or similar. We used Capi Blood Orange Soda. 
  • 7-10ml Campari
  • 15ml simple syrup
  • Prosecco, for topping
  • Blood orange wedge, for garnish

Shake the first four ingredients with ice and strain into a Champagne flute. Top with the Prosecco and garnish.

Sicilian 75s

Sicilian 75s

Summer gin collins

For some reason, most cocktails with ‘collins’ in them are good. This one is not as sweet as you might think. The soda water balances the suger. We even accidentally over-did the sugar syrup and it was still very subtle.

  • 50ml gin
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 15ml sugar syrup
  • 8 fresh raspberries (we cheated and used frozen mixed berries – it still works)
  • soda water

Add lemon juice, raspberries, gin and sugar to shaker, add ice and shake hard to break up the raspberries. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water. Garnish with a lemon wedge and raspberries.

Negroni

Not everyone’s flavour and pretty damn strong too boot. It might not be ‘orthodox’ but add some ice to make this one better for summer.

  • 50ml gin (we used Botanic Australis)
  • 25ml vermouth
  • 25ml Campari
  • Orange – for garnish

Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass and garnish with a twist of orange peel.Get fancy and rub the peel around the rum of the glass before garnishing.

Negronis

Negronis

Gimlet

This one is so ridiculously easy, you’ll wonder why you haven’t been drinking them for years!

  • 60ml gin
  • 22ml fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 22ml simple syrup
  • ice
  • lime (reserve a slice before juicing it, for garnish)

Pour ingredients into shaker filled halfway with ice. Shake or stir until cold and serve in chilled coupe. Garnish with lime wheel.

Southside

Very similar to a Gimlet.

  • 60ml gin
  • 30ml lime juice
  • 22ml simple syrup
  • 4 to 6 mint leaves

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. For a variation, add 2 wheels of cucumber to the shaker and you have an Eastside, or serve tall in an ice-filled hiball topped with soda for an Eastside or Southside Rickey.

This one I haven’t tried, but I’d love to give it a go…

Limoncello gin cocktail

  • 2 large sprigs fresh thyme; more for garnish
  • 25ml fresh lime juice
  • 50-75ml Gin
  • 25ml Limoncello

You need a grill or flame for this one – so either your gas cooker or more likely, your BBQ that is heating up for ribs, chops and snags.  Grill the thyme sprigs over flame or high heat until fragrant and lightly charred, about 15 seconds. In a mixing glass or cocktail shaker, gently muddle the grilled thyme with the lime juice. Add the gin and limoncello and fill the shaker with ice. Stir well. Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice, garnish with thyme, and serve.

AND FINALLY…

The classic g&t

Simple, perfect. Just make sure the ingredients are of good quality – both your gin and your tonic.

 

Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re thirsty after all this writing and need to sup down a Sidecar or two.

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