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Super summer cocktail recipes

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The sun is out and barbecue season is officially upon us. We’ve had years of honing our gourmet burgers, slow roast pork belly and beer can chicken to perfection, so where to now to impress your guests?

Time to open the drinks cabinet and start mixing up some truly original crowd-pleasing cocktails, and the best place to look for inspiration is Cocktails in the City.

We’ve done the legwork for you and have put together some of the most original concoctions for you to recreate at home.



68 and Boston’s Soho Sorbet is grown-up fun, which hits the spot and looks sensational. You’ll need a soda syphon to create the top foam layer but it’s definitely worth the effort.


40 ml Death’s Door Gin

15 ml Clarified Lemon

20 ml Simple Syrup

10 ml Rhubarb

10 ml Creme De Violette

10 ml Double Cream

Method: Shake the first three ingredients and strain into an ice cream cone with an inner plastic cup. Charge the remaining three ingredients to produce a delicious summery foam and layer on top

Garnish: Hundreds and thousands



Graphic Bar have put together this simple and elegant cooler, long and refreshing.


20 ml Hayman's Gin

20 ml Cocchi Torino

10 ml Fraise Des Bois

3 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes Grapefruit Bitters



Shake first five ingredients with cubed ice

Strain into highball over cubed ice

Top with Prosecco

Garnish: Soda Straw and Pink Grapefruit Wedge



Fifteen’s invention requires some pretty serious preparation but the result is simply astonishing - it literally tastes like strawberries and cream in a glass.


700 ml Langley’s Gin

2 Punnets of Good Quality Strawberries

1 Handful of Tarragon

15 Coriander Seeds

20 Pink Peppercorns

250 ml Lemon Juice

250 g Granulated Sugar

2 Lemon Peels

250 ml Green Tea

750 ml Coconut Water

650 ml Dolin Dry Vermouth

1000 ml Whole Milk

130 ml Lemon Juice



Batch 1: Add all the ingredients which are not liquid-based into a large container with hot green tea, muddling the strawberries and stirring until the sugar dissolves, forming a syrup. This will be your base. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover the top and refrigerate overnight.

Batch 2: Heat the milk in a large pan until boiling point, pour in lemon juice and take off the heat, then leave for 15 mins or until you can see the milk split.

Get another large container and gently poor batch #2 through it first, then batch #1, filtering it. The filtering process is just a waiting game but be sure not to push anything through.

Bottle it up and serve cold.


Cocktails in the City takes place in various cities around the UK, including Leeds, Manchester, Edinburgh and London. It brings together the finest cocktail recipes from each city’s most exciting bars for the ultimate al fresco cocktail party, celebrating the UK’s unique and diverse drinking scene. The next event takes place in Bedford Square, London, on July 29 and 30, with exclusive institutions, elusive speakeasies and brand new haunts vying for the limelight in an effort to become the go-to guys for the best summer cocktails.