Top Five Summer Cocktails

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The sun's finally out, which means having an arsenel of good cocktail recipes at your disposal will prove invaluable. Whether you plan on attending parties, barbeques or just fancy fixing up something that's refreshing and alcoholic in equal quantities, knowing how to make a good cocktail is essential. So we asked Gerry Calabrese, son of cocktail maestro Salvatore and the man behind The Hoxton Pony in East London to provide us with his personal favourite five cocktails. Whether you like quaffing gin during the warmer months or you're more into rum, these are all really simply to make and knowing how to whip these up at a moments notice will be highly useful.

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Missing any of the spirits below? Read our guide on restocking your alcohol cabinet and you'll be well-equipped to make anything from a Martini to a Mai-Tai this summer.

1 Strawberry Fields 
“British strawberries are the best that money can buy when they’re in season so a Strawberry Fields during the summer months is truly delicious.”

Ingredients: 35ml Zubrowka 35ml, 25ml Pimm’s, 10ml elderflower cordial, 3 strawberries, 8-10 mint leaves, 10ml fresh lemon juice, 20ml fresh apple juice, 1 dash sugar syrup, strawberry to garnish

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Method: muddle the fruit, add the other liquids, shake, then and double strain into a martini glass
 

2 Stockholm Bramble
“This is another great twist on a brilliant gin classic, using ripe British blackberries and packed full of flavour: a great example of a well-balanced drink.”

Ingredients: 35ml Cape North Vodka, 15ml Quince Liqueur, 1.5 bar spoons lemon sugar, 6 blackberries, 15ml fresh lemon juice

Method: muddle the fruit in a rocks glass, add the rest of the ingredients with crushed ice. Garnish with a lemon twist

3 The Deep Thinker
“It’s the perfect summer BBQ tipple and super easy for anyone and everyone to make at home.”

Ingredients: 1 lime, 5-6 coriander springs, 1 barspoon Demerara sugar, 15ml elderflower cordial, 50ml Sailor Jerry’s spiced rum, lime wedge and corriander sprig to garnish

Method: muddle fruit, add other ingredients, shake with crushed ice and decant into a rocks glass
 

4 High Heels

“The perfect summer cocktail - loads of fresh seasonal fruit, long and refreshing and great for those who have a palate leaning to the sweeter side.”

Ingredients: 3 raspberries, 3 blackberries, 40ml Cape North Vodka, 10ml Crème de Cassis, 10ml Crème de Mure, 15ml fresh lemon juice, 100ml fresh apple juice

Method: combine ingredients in a boston shaker with ice and strain into a rocks glass

5 The Pony Collins
“This is a great contemporary twist on the classic and one of my personal favourites during the summer months.”

Ingredients: 20ml fresh lemon juice, 15ml elderflower cordial, 50ml Martin Miller’s gin, soda water, lemon wedge to garnish

Method: combine all the ingredients except the soda in a tumbler, and stir with ice. Top with soda and garnish