Easy peasy summer martinis

Excited that the weather is finally starting to show signs of Spring? Me too, but mainly because that means that Summer is just around the corner and it’s acceptable to drink outside.

Summer is my absolute favourite time of the year, so to celebrate, my housemate and I decided to spend an evening making summer martinis to get us in the spirit (literally though). Here are the martinis we decided to make.

All these recipes make 1 drink and you will need a cocktail shaker, bar spoon, a 25ml spirit measurer, ice, a strainer and a martini glass. If you don’t have bar equipment, these can all be bought as a cocktail kit super cheaply on Amazon and it’s such a small 1 time investment.

Southside Royale

This is a twist on a classic Southside martini, topped up with Prosecco (what’s not to love?)

  • 2 shots (50ml) of gin
  • 4 slices of cucumber
  • 3 tsp lime juice
  • 3 tsp sugar syrup (shop bought gomme or make your own!)
  • 4 mint leaves + extra to garnish

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake and strain into a martini class and top with Prosecco and a mint leaf.

Raspberry martini

So who doesn’t love having fresh berries in the summer? This is a super simple martini you can easily throw together at your cocktail party.

  • 2 tsp sugar syrup
  • 10 whole raspberries
  • 50ml vodka
  • Juice of 1/4 lemon (around 25ml)
  • 3 raspberries on a cocktail stick or a lemon slice to garnish

Muddle the raspberries, add the lemon juice, sugar syrup and ice. Fill the shaker with ice cubes stir. Add the vodka, shake and strain into a martini glass, garnish with your cocktail stick.

Gin Garden Martini

Gin, elderflower and apple is the best summer cocktail combination imho. Try this simple garden martini to class it up a little bit.

  • 1/4 cucumber, peeled and chopped + extra to garnish
  • 1/2 shot of elderflower cordial
  • 2 shots (50ml) of gin
  • 1 shot (25ml) of pressed apple juice

Muddle the cucumber with the elderflower cordial in your cocktail shaker, then add the gin, apple juice and ice. Shake and double strain (through a strainer and a mini sieve) into a chilled martini glasses (add crushed ice to chill and then empty). Decorate with your peeled cucumber and serve.

Bee’s Knees

This is honestly my favourite cocktail of all time, they serve these in Be At One which is why it’s one of my favourite happy hours. This is essentially a gin sour, but with honey instead of sugar which balances the sharpness of the lemon perfectly.

  • 2 shots (50ml) of gin
  • 30ml lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp manuka honey

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and dry shake (no ice) until the ingredients are combined (around 20 seconds), then add the ice and shake again until chilled. Drain into martini glasses.

Hope some of these recipes turn out to be useful for the (hopefully long and glorious) summer. Do let me know if you make any and how they go down with family and friends.

Kayleigh

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