What are the best cocktails made with gin for a warm summer day?

Cocktail Colin says:

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For a warm summer day, the top choice would be a cocktail that combines the refreshing qualities of lemon juice, gin, and soda water, sweetened with a hint of sugar syrup. Served cold in a highball glass, it's perfect for sipping under the sun. Another great option embraces the classic combination of gin and tonic water, offering a straightforward, refreshing experience also served in a highball glass. Both of these options have received high ratings, indicating their popularity and suitability for a summer day refreshment.
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You asked: Best gin cocktails for summer. We found 10 cocktails answering the question.

Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is a classic cocktail with a refreshing, effervescent quality that has stood the test of time. Traditionally...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (45ml), Soda water (60ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml)

4 ingredients
4.56 / 5

Gin And Tonic

The Gin and Tonic is a classic cocktail known for its refreshing and simplistic nature, often enjoyed as a casual...

Gin (30ml), Tonic water (Top up)

2 ingredients
4.5 / 5

Summer gin granita

As shown by Wayne Collins on Something for the Weekend (the BBC Sunday morning programme), this involves some prep work!

Lemon Juice (50ml), Gin (75ml), Apple vodka (75ml), Elderflower Cordial (60ml), Watermelon Juice (500ml)

5 ingredients
4.37 / 5

Elderflower Gin & Tonic

The Elderflower Gin & Tonic is a refreshing and floral twist on the classic gin and tonic. It combines the...

Gin (60ml), Lime (Wedge), Tonic water (Top up), Elderflower Liqueur (30ml)

4 ingredients
3.99 / 5

Gin and Cucumber

The Gin and Cucumber cocktail is a refreshing blend that highlights the botanical qualities of gin with the cool, crisp...

Lemon Juice (30ml), Gin (60ml), Sugar Syrup (15ml), Tonic water (300ml), Cucumber (5 slices)

5 ingredients
3.84 / 5

Gin and Zonic

The Gin and Zonic is a refreshing variation of the classic Gin and Tonic, a well-loved cocktail with a crisp...

Lime (Half ), Tonic water (200ml), Dry gin (60ml)

3 ingredients
3.68 / 5

Gin and Tonic with Cucumber Slices

The Gin and Tonic with Cucumber Slices is a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic, a beloved cocktail...

Mint Leaves (4), Lime (2 slices), Tonic water (200ml), Cucumber (2 slices), Dry gin (60ml)

5 ingredients
3.67 / 5

Gin And Tonic Bitter Lime

Gin and Tonic is good, but if you like it bitter with a hint of lime, this drink is for...

Lime juice (30ml), Gin (60ml), Angostura Bitters (Dash), Tonic water (200ml)

4 ingredients
3.66 / 5

Greek Gin and Tonic

You might wonder if a gin and tonic is really a drink worthy of a post from us. But there...

Gin (60ml), Sugar Syrup (7.5ml), Tonic water (90ml), Cucumber (1), Rosemary (Sprig)

5 ingredients
3.61 / 5

Elderflower And Lemon Tom Collins

The Elderflower and Lemon Tom Collins is a refreshing twist on the classic Tom Collins cocktail, known for its sparkling...

Lemon Juice (15ml), Gin (30ml), Soda water (Top up), Sugar Syrup (10ml), Lemon liqueur (30ml), Elderflower Cordial (30ml)

6 ingredients
3.59 / 5


We've collated some quick fire Q&A's on the question to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

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What makes gin a good base for cocktails?

Gin is a versatile spirit with a distinct botanical flavor. Its complexity allows it to pair well with a variety of mixers and ingredients, making it a popular choice for many cocktails.

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How can I enhance the flavor of a gin cocktail?

You can enhance a gin cocktail by adding fresh herbs like rosemary or mint, incorporating fresh citrus like lime or lemon, or by using flavored tonics or syrups to add depth and complexity to the drink.

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What type of glassware is best for gin cocktails?

Highball glasses are often used for gin cocktails, especially those mixed with tonic or soda water. They provide enough space for ice and garnishes, ensuring a refreshing experience.

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Are there any low-calorie gin cocktail options?

Yes, gin mixed with a light tonic or soda water and garnished with fresh herbs or citrus can be a low-calorie option. Opt for natural sweeteners or no sweeteners to keep the calories down.

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What are some common garnishes for gin cocktails?

Common garnishes for gin cocktails include citrus slices or twists (like lime, lemon, and orange), fresh herbs (like mint, basil, and rosemary), and other fresh ingredients like cucumber or berries.

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