5 classic summer cocktails with a twist
Step away from the Chablis and try something different! We've rifled through the Berkshire Botanical drinks cabinet to bring you five summer liveners.
It’s summer, the sunshine is coming back (I promise), so what better time to rifle through Berkshire Botanical‘s drinks cabinet and knock back a cocktail or five. Before you reach for your usual splash of white wine get those summer holiday vibes anytime, anywhere. Cheers.
We’re buzzing about this Prohibition Era cocktail, served shaken and chilled.
- 50ml Berkshire Botanical Honey and Orange Blossom Gin
- 20ml Lemon Juice
- 1 tbsp Runny Honey
- Orange or Lemon Twist
Pour the Honey and Orange Blossom Gin, Juice and Honey into a cocktail shaker over plenty of cubed ice and shake until the contents are thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then garnish with a long strip of lemon or orange peel, first twisting the peel over the glass to release its oils.
Think pink this summer. Floradora is a long cocktail inspired by inspired by the musical of the same name that opened in London 1899.
- 50ml Berkshire Botanical Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin
- 20ml Fresh Lime Juice, plus a slice of lime
- 10ml Sugar Syrup
- Fresh raspberries
- Dash of Ginger Ale
Add the Rhubarb and Raspberry Gin, lime juice, sugar syrup and 2-3 fresh raspberries to a cocktail shaker. Fill with plenty of cubed ice and shake vigorously. Strain into a highball glass filled with fresh cubed ice, using a fine strainer to remove any raspberry seeds. Top up with a dash of ginger ale and garnish with a slice of lime and a raspberry.
Probably the most famous cocktail of all time, but with a hint of pine. No Toilet Duck comparisons, people, it gives this martini a light, crisp, refreshing flavour.
- 50ml Berkshire Botanical Dry Gin
- 10ml White Vermouth
- 10ml Pine Cordial (if you’re up for making your own, you’ll find a simple pine cordial recipe here).
- Lemon peel
Pour the Dry Gin, Vermouth and Cordial into a mixing glass over plenty of cubed ice and stir gently until the contents are thoroughly chilled. Strain into a chilled martini glass, then garnish with a long strip of lemon peel, first twisting the peel over the glass to release its oils.
It’s one way of getting rid of your weeds… sling them in your drink. This refreshing highball cocktail is sweet, summery and delivers a kick.
- 50ml Berkshire Botanical Dandelion and Burdock Gin
- 150ml Ginger Ale
- 50ml Sparkling Wine
- Mint Sprig
- Fresh Orange Slices
Add the Dandelion and Burdock Gin to a glass filled with cubed ice. Add the ginger ale, stir gently, then top with the sparkling wine. To finish, garnish with fresh orange slices and a sprig of mint.
Up-level your usual G&T with a sloe gin twist. More of a late summer vibe, but a delicious alternative.
- 50ml Berkshire Botanical Sloe Gin
- 150ml Lemon Tonic Water (we would recommend Fever-Tree)
- Orange Slice
Add the Sloe Gin and tonic to a glass filled with cubed ice. Stir gently then top with the slice of orange.