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8 fresh and herby gin cocktails for garden sipping

As the weather gets warm enough for relaxing days in the garden, there’s nothing quite like an icy cocktail to refresh the moment. Particularly when the drink is as fragrant as the garden itself.

From the classic aromatic notes of mint and basil, to more unexpected hints of thyme and rosemary, herbs make the perfect accompaniment to any cocktail. But none more so than those made with gin. The botanical notes of gin include everything from juniper berries to citrus peel. Each of which pair wonderfully with fresh herbaceous flavours.

Whether you’re hosting a garden party, lounging with a good book, or simply enjoying a sunny afternoon, these drinks are designed to bring a burst of botanical bliss to your outdoor sips.

So wipe down the garden furniture and discover the recipes for our favourite herby gin cocktails with mint, basil, thyme and more.

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Put a super fresh twist on a classic cocktail with the Gin Mojito. The ultimate drink for hot summer sipping. The classic mix of mint leaves and lime are blended with gin for a more fragrant serve. 


Keep it simple or add elderflower liqueur and fresh apple juice for some floral fruitiness. We also pump up the sweetness with our Rhubarb & Cranberry Gin, a naturally flavoured spirit drink that celebrates the best of British ingredients.

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G&T hour just got better with this zesty, herbaceous remix that’s perfect for sun-soaked afternoons. Our Lemon Gin and Tonic is the simplest cocktail to make on lazy days, with Mediterranean style tonic water and our lemon flavoured gin


A fragrant sprig of lemon thyme adds an aromatic hint with every sip. Whilst a lemon wedge adds a tart citrus note. If this recipe doesn’t get you salivating we don’t know what will!

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Combine the lushness of an English garden with the romance of Italy in this unique cocktail. Crisp, zesty lemon juice is masterfully combined with the smooth botanicals of Beefeater London Dry Gin. Plus an unexpected twist of peppery sweet basil and silky smooth olive oil. 


This invigorating mix is as refreshing as it is delicious, making it a standout choice for any sunny day. Whether you keep it simple or add a touch of elderflower liqueur for a floral kick, the Gin Basil Smash promises a revitalising sip.

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Next time you’re hosting brunch, take it outdoors with a Gin Bloody Mary. We call this botanical twist on the classic drink a Red Snapper, packed with garden inspired flavours from tomato and lemon to a fresh chilli kick.


Aside from a celery garnish, try adding a sprig of fresh thyme for a savoury note that works perfectly with your choice of Worcestershire sauce and tabasco. 

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This pink strawberry gin cocktail embodies the spirit of summer. It’s fun, fruity and looks as good as it tastes. Inspired by a frozen strawberry Daiquiri, it blends lemon, sugar syrup, gin and strawberries with plenty of ice.


We use Pink Gin for extra fruity sweetness. To finish, garnish with basil for a subtle herbal taste, or add basil into the blender for extra freshness.

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This fruity, fragrant twist on the classic Spritz is made for celebrating with. Whether you’re raising a glass with friends or toasting to the end of the working week, the Peach & Raspberry Spritz is your new drink of choice.


Pour sweet Peach & Raspberry Gin, bubbly lemonade and sparkling wine into a large glass over ice. Then garnish with peach slices, raspberries and fresh thyme.

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Make up a jug of this next cocktail to share with friends alfresco. The Lemon Spritz is a super fragrant pitcher that’s made for summer cocktail hour. Zesty lemon gin, Lillet Blanc and elderflower cordial is mixed with cucumber tonic water over ice with a generous handful of mint leaves.


Swap tonic to sparkling wine for extra fizz and add lemon wheels for even more citrus freshness.

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Herbal gin cocktails aren’t just for summer sipping. Evergreen herbs like thyme and rosemary are great for winter drinks. Like in our Cranberry Hot Toddy that’s great for keeping you warm around the firepit.


Add honey syrup, lemon, ginger and Rhubarb & Cranberry Gin to a mug and top with boiling water. Then garnish with a lemon wheel and thyme to infuse into the cocktail.  

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