Tips for making the most refreshing Scottish gin drink for summer

In case you might be wondering, gin is very much this year's on trend spirit, so we asked a gin expert for some tips and serves to help keep you refreshed this summer.

Published 11th Jun 2018
Updated 18 th Sep 2023

With Brits buying over 47 million bottles of gin in 2017 alone, it's clear that the juniper spirit is now more popular than ever.

Recently, The Scottish Gin Society, who have created a Scottish Distillery Map and online A-Z of Scottish gin, undertook a survey to find Scotland's top 10 gins - the results of which are shown in the video below.


So it's clear they know their stuff, so we asked their ambassador Alison Higgins to give us some tips and serves for creating the most refreshing Scottish gin drink for summer.


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Though gin in the UK is traditionally enjoyed in tall tumblers, the Spaniards (Europe's leading gin consumers) have been enjoying them in copa de balon glasses with the larger goblet style glasses able to hold more ice, more garnishes, more mixer and of course, more gin.

Best of all you can get them online for as little as £4 per glass.


The cooler the drink the more refreshing it's going to be, bigger cubes are better - though if you don't want to dilute your drink then try using frozen soft fruit such as raspberries instead.


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Refreshing garnishes like citrus slices, twists and peels as well as mint are going to add an extra zing to your serve but just be careful to use only those that work well with the botanicals in your gin for the best flavour results.

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Kintyre Gin

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50ml serve of Kintyre Gin, top with a light tonic and garnish with some fresh mint


Fresh G&T, from The Old Curiosity Distillery

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Take a serving of 50ml Chamomile &Cornflower Gin, add 5ml Fresh Lemon Juice (squeeze of wedge), fresh peppermint leaves and stir before adding a tonic of your choice and garnishing with a lemon slice.

Edinburgh Gin Seaside Gin


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Take 50ml of EG Seaside, add a premium tonic of your choice - it goes well with Fever-Tree Mediterranean - and garnish with lemon peel and fresh thyme.

Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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