From the perfectly chilled, classic G&T to the barbecue-appropriate fruit punch, there are so many delicious ways to enjoy gin. And sipping on a crisp cocktail in the summer sun is one of life's great but simple pleasures.
If you're lacking inspiration in the cocktail department, don't worry - we have stacks of tasty recipes for you, including a few that have been created by expert mixologist Richard Maxted (of Mix and Muddle).
Grab those punnets of blackberries while they're in season (or just buy them frozen). This tasty cocktail combines zingy lemon with a sugar syrup, crème de cassis and, of course, gin. Serve with plenty of ice for the ultimate summer refreshment.
Rhubarb & ginger sour
This sweet, short drink balances syrupy gin liqueurs with earthy green tea and sharp lime for a delicious drink you can sip all summer long.
Richard says: "Rhubarb works beautifully with ginger, and even better with Asda Extra Special Pink Gin's gorgeous berry flavours. The Sencha tea adds a grassy, almost malty quality that punches through the lime to round off this special spring serve."
campari fizz cocktail
This cheery cocktail will transport you straight to the Italian coast. Mixing bitter Campari with gin, lemonade, orange juice and gin, rustle up a pitcher of this for the adults to enjoy at your next summer party.
Pink gin spritz
Fancy something a bit fruitier? This bubbly pink gin spritz balances gin with tart grapefruit and fragrant elderflower tonic. Perfect for unwinding at home after a day at work, this refreshing number is also easy to mix up in a jug to serve to friends.
Richard says: "Back in the day, the phrase 'pink gin' used to refer to a tipple fed to sailors in the navy to ward off the lurgy. Gin was spiked with Angostora bitters and glugged down merrily. This cocktail nods to that tradition, but with the modern addition of elderflower tonic and zesty pink grapefruit."
elderflower gin fizz
The ultimate hot-day drink, this elderflower and gin cocktail is seriously refreshing. Mix apple juice with soda water, elderflower gin, elderflower cocktail and a spritz of lime, garnishing simply with a crunchy spear of cucumber.
Summer fruits gin punch
This super fruity cocktail is a longer serve with plenty of mixer and fruit juice. Fruit juice makes a brilliant mixer for gin liqueurs, and helps to balance gin's herbal and medicinal-tasting undertones. If you're not the biggest gin fan, this might convert you.
Richard says: "There’s something so satisfying about a long, refreshing, bitter/sweet drink when you're munching down on a BBQ. This take on the classic summer cup mixes sweet juice, floral fruit tea, bitter lemon and herbal gin in perfect harmony."
apple & dill gin & tonic
For a cocktail with a Scandi twist, try this apple and dill G&T. Combining gin with lime, apple juice and a little tonic, add a slice of bright green apple and a sprig of dill for a final flourish.
lemon and elderflower fizz
Lemon and elderflower topped up with bubbly prosecco is elegant, delicious and takes your classic fizz to the next level - this drink is a winner.
Richard says: "What better way to celebrate a sunny summer's day than with a glass of bubbly, enhanced with summery elderflower, lemon and classic gin?"
citrus gin zing
How pretty is this simple grapefruit and gin cocktail? Sweetened with lemonade, this drink uses only a handful of ingredients, and it takes just moments to knock together.
Spiced lemon & ginger mule
This rum and gin liqueur cocktail is ready to party. Fizzy, sweet and jam-packed with fiery ginger ale, fruity spiced rum and sweet and summery rhubarb and ginger gin liqueur, this bubbly drink makes the perfect tipple to serve at summer parties or backyard BBQs.
Richard says: "Rum and ginger is a cocktail pairing as old as time. Adding rhubarb from the gin liqueur enhances the sweet/fiery experience by offering a bitter tartness that offsets the sweetness with fruity notes. If there's one cocktail you need to try this summer, it's this!"
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