The Gin and Tonic is a classic for a reason. Especially when the sun comes out, there are few drinks that are more satisfying. We’ve even written an article on How to make the perfect Gin and Tonic. But there are dozens of different things you can mix with your gin. So here are 5 easy summer gin cocktails. There is a life beyond tonic.

5 easy summer gin cocktails

Ginger beer

It sounds a bit wrong, gin and ginger beer, surely rum, whisky and vodka are the perfect match with ginger. But actually gin and ginger beer is a phenomenal combination especially if you use a nice spicy gin like the one below. Oh and if you like the gin and ginger combination, you can upgrade your Pimm’s by adding a measure of gin to every serve and diluting with ginger beer instead of lemonade. Delicious!

Recommended gin:

Sacred Cardamom Gin 70cl


Gin loves all things citrus, especially lime and lemon, so if you’re making homemade lemonade then why not spice it up with a dash of gin? 7-Up and Sprite also mix brilliantly with gin but the ultimate shop-bought mixer is Fanta Lemon or even better if you’re in Spain, Kas Limon. It goes especially well with Menorca’s very own gin.

Recommended gin:

Xoriguer Mahon Gin 70cl

The Gin and It

The Gin and It. It could not be simpler.


Gin and vermouth is up there with Jagger and Richards or Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire when it comes to perfect pairings. Obviously the classic one is the Dry Martini, and we’ve recommended one of the best Martini gin on the market below. But the Dry Martini isn’t the only gin and vermouth cocktail out there. There’s the Martinez or simplest of all, the Gin & It. Simply stir equal parts sweet vermouth and gin with ice in a tumbler and serve with an orange twist. 

Recommended gin:

Bathtub Gin 70cl

Fruit juice

Lemons aren’t the only fruit, there’s oranges, grapefruit, and pineapples, and mangos, guavas and strawberries. If you like your gin cocktail on the fruity side then why not try Snoop Dogg’s favourite, the Gin and Juice. As Snoop himself once said: “Rollin’ down the street smokin’ indo. Sippin’ on gin and juice. Laid back (with my mind on my money and my money on my mind).” And who can argue with that? To make a Gin and Juice just mix together some gin, orange juice and pineapple juice (or ruby grapefruit). 

Recommended gin:

Tanqueray London Dry Gin 70cl


Elderflower is redolent of English hedgerows and gin is quite English too (though a lot of it is made in Scotland but we won’t go into that now), so it won’t surprise you that the two go so well together. Some gins even use elderflower as a botanical but a mixture of a good dry gin, like the one below, elderflower cordial or liqueur (like St. Germain), ice and a splash of soda water is unbeatable on a hot day.  Who needs a G&T?

Recommended gin:

Cambridge Dry Gin 70cl