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5 refreshing gin cocktails to enjoy this summer

As the weather is to continue to be hot, why not cool down with a refreshing gin cocktail?

Published: July 7, 2021
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These easy to make gin cocktails all include Scottish gin, and are a welcome accompaniment to a warm day or as a weekend treat.

From a gin slushie to a tropical fizz, there's something for all tastes.

Kintyre Gin Eastside

Keep it simple with a Kintyre Gin Eastside. This cocktail recipe puts a new spin on the vintage Southside.

A seriously refreshing cocktail that’s perfect for get-togethers or lazy summer afternoons.


50ml Kintyre Gin

25ml Lime juice

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12.5 Sugar syrup

6 mint leaves


Shake over ice and strain into a glass.

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Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Gleneagles Tropical Gin Fizz


  • 50ml Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
  • 20ml Muyu Jasmine Verte
  • 75ml fresh grapefruit juice
  • 15ml lime
  • 5ml pink peppercorn and tomato vine syrup (sugar syrup is an alternative)
  • Soda water


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  1. Fill shaker with ingredients (apart from soda).
  2. Add ice and shake well.
  3. Strain into a tropical mug over ice.
  4. Add soda water and crushed ice.
  5. Garnish with pineapple leaves, two slices of banana and grapefruit zest. Arrange garnish to resemble a face on top of the mug.

Kintyre Pink Slushie

A sure way to keep cool this summer is with a refreshing frozen cocktail.

Strictly for grown-ups the Kintyre Pink Slushie is the perfect way to chill out in the summer sun.


35ml Kintyre Pink Gin

100ml Lemonade or tonic


Freeze in a tub overnight. Serve in a glass, top up with a bit more mixer and garnish with fresh raspberries.

This delicious fruity cooler can be made in bulk which makes it the perfect crowd pleaser and the blush-coloured hue makes it an Instagram worthy tipple.

Celtic Remedy

A celebration of one of Britain’s best-loved summer berries, this cocktail has a bittersweet character and a refreshing, fruity finish.

Light and amble, this drink is perfect for a sunny afternoon tipple.


  • 30ml Caorunn Gin
  • 10ml Campari
  • 2.5ml cider vinegar
  • ¼ apple
  • 1 blackberry
  • 10ml sugar syrup


In a shaker, muddle the apple and the blackberry together.

Add the rest of ingredients and shake.

Double strain over ice and garnish with a blackberry.

Cocktail Tip: If you don’t have a shaker, a clean, empty jar will do the job, just remember to seal it before you start shaking – and be sure to strain all the fruit out before serving.

Indian summer cup

This vegan cocktail is ideal for sharing with friends in the garden.


  • 1 litre bottle London dry gin
  • 1 litre bottle of vegan-friendly sweet vermouth
  • 240ml elderflower liqueur
  • 240ml peach liqueur
  • 710ml lemon syrup
  • 460ml apple juice
  • 1000ml chilled Fentimans tonic water
  • 460ml chilled sparkling water
  • Ice
  • 1 sliced green apple
  • 2 sliced peaches
  • 6 long and thin cucumber slices
  • 30g torn mint leaves


1. In a large bowl, combine the gin, vermouth, elderflower, peach liqueurs, lemon syrup, and apple juice. Refrigerate for about four hours until it is chilled.

2. When chilled, stir in the tonic water and sparkling water.

3. Add ice and garnish with the apple, peaches, cucumber, and mint leaves.

Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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