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Summer cocktails
Capture the essence of summer with our selection of easy to make yet impressive cocktail recipes. We've also got advice on choosing the right ice to suit your drink, plus how to make Insta-worthy garnishes and sugar syrup so you'll soon be mixing like a true professional

GIN COCKTAILS

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The nation’s love affair with this classic spirit shows no sign of waning. With new and innovative varieties regularly introduced to the market, it's a good time to find one that's right for you

SPRITZERS AND SPARKLING COCKTAILS

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Add a little spritz to your summer cocktails with a generous splash of Champagne, Prosecco or even sparkling water

RUM COCKTAILS

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Originally hailing from the Caribbean, dark, light and golden rums evoke a taste of sunshine which makes them ideal in a variety of fruity cocktails

VODKA COCKTAILS

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Vodka leads the way as the go-to spirit for a range of cocktails from martinis to long drinks. Try a flavoured variety for a twist on a classic

MOCKTAILS

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Fresh, summery and alcohol-free, mocktails have moved on from tumblers of juice crammed with ice, to refreshing grown-up drinks that look as delicious as they taste

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A lot of the excitement around cocktails is the theatre of holding that glass, whether you choose to drink alcohol or not. An easy, low-cost way to shake up your drinks is by being adventurous with syrups and mixers” Alex Valentine, Partner & buyer
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Keeping your cool
The type of ice you use will dictate how you chill and dilute your drink. Crushed ice gives drinks an instant chill and melts quickly, working best in long refreshing drinks like mojitos. Large chunks of ice (icebergs) dilute very slowly and are perfect for a consistent temperature in sipping spirits like bourbon and rum

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How to make sugar syrup

Bring 250ml water and 100g caster sugar to the boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. The syrup will keep in the fridge for up to a week in a sterilised jar or bottle

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FINISHING TOUCHES