Looking to serve summer cocktails in style? Rupert Holloway from Conker Spirit offers some tips…
- Nobody likes ice melt watering down their G&T on a hot summer’s day. Our tip would be to freeze some tonic ice cubes beforehand.
- Create your own lime ice cubes, and add to your favourite cool drink for a refreshing twist.
- Placing edible flowers, mint or raspberries in your ice cubes can give a bright and playful garnish.
- Use a cupcake tin to make fruit-filled ice cubes, then add them to pitchers of water.
- Freeze grapes to chill white wine without watering it down.
- Boiling water before freezing will give you crystal clear ice cubes!
Here’s an idea for a great gin-based summer cocktail from Rupert too:
G & Liberty
Strawberries, mint and cucumber are all true summer flavours, combining beautifully with dry gin and apple aperitif for this perfect party cocktail.
- 50ml dry gin
- 25ml apple aperitif
- Classic Indian tonic water
- Handful of strawberries
- Handful of fresh mint sprigs
- Cucumber to garnish
1. A few hours before the sipping begins, dice fresh strawberries and tear your mint leaves. Add these to a healthy amount of your dry gin, (infusing your gin with these flavours beforehand will prevent the need to pick mint from your teeth later on!)
2. Strip a cucumber down its length with a peeler and wrap a thin belt of cucumber around the inside of the glass. Fill your glass with ice to hold the cucumber in place.
3. Now it’s time to layer up your drink. Start with your home-infused dry gin, next add the apple aperitif and top up slowly with ice cold Indian tonic water. Finish with a gentle stir to mix it all up.