Summertime sundowners


Lavender Fizz

A chilled glass of Sherry and some salted almonds before dinner is an appealing prospect at any time of year, as is a crisp, fizzing flute of Blanc de Blancs; however, on a balmy summer’s evening (or, indeed, afternoon), it is hard to beat the feeling of an ice-cold cocktail clinking away in one’s hand. This is as true if you’re barefoot on a beach in Crete, as in a pub garden in Fleet. So, with that heady imagery in mind, we asked our in-house experts to put together three seasonal cocktail recipes designed for beach, balcony, lawn or sofa. Cin cin!


Lavender Gin Fizz

This one does what it says on the tin: the weapon of choice if one is entertaining in-laws or the mysterious Mr Gatsby from across the Sound…

60ml No.3 London Dry Gin
30ml lemon juice
15ml sugar syrup
4 dashes of lavender bitters
Soda water, to top
Sprig of lavender, to garnish

Shake all the ingredients, except the soda water, together. Strain into a high ball glass and top with soda water. Garnish with a sprig of lavender.


The Breeze

The Breeze

“Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind”: if we didn’t know any better, we’d say The Isley Brothers were singing about this supremely sippable summer tipple.

60ml No.3 London Dry Gin
15ml cranberry cordial (one-part sugar syrup, three-parts cranberry juice)
25ml pink grapefruit juice
5ml maraschino liqueur
Pink peppercorn and black salt, to garnish

Shake all the ingredients over ice and double strain into a chilled coupe. Garnish with pink peppercorn and black salt on the rim.


Cloud 3

Cloud 3

To get to Cloud 9 you must first stop off at Cloud 3, but – after a taste of Cloud 3 – you might not wish to move on.

50ml No.3 London Dry Gin
20ml elderflower cordial
15ml apple juice
10ml citric acid (ration 1:100 acid to water)
20ml egg white
A splash of dry sparkling wine
Camomile flowers, to garnish

Shake all the ingredients over ice and double strain into a chilled Champagne flute. Garnish by floating camomile flowers in the foam.

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