Four cocktails perfect for Summer

Summer days, relaxing in the great outdoors are best paired with a refreshing cocktail… or two. We’ve picked four classic summer cocktail recipes for you to try at home, for those days when you want something a bit more than a glass of your favourite Rosé. We’ve got a cocktail to suit all taste buds and all palates. From a simple Tom Collins to the more advanced and stronger Negroni. Sit back and take note of these cocktails to next enjoy with your friends and family on a warm, summers day.


Originating from Cuba, the Mojito is an all-time classic cocktail. It’s also a favourite of ours here at Laithwaite’s.


  • 50ml White rum
  • 15ml Simple syrup
  • 25ml Freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 100ml Soda water
  • Fresh mint leaves
  • Ice
  • Free poured golden or dark rum (optional)


  1. Put your mint leaves into a glass, tearing and slapping some of the leaves to release their minty flavours.
  2. Add your white rum on top of the mint leaves as well as the freshly squeezed lime juice.
  3. Fill your glass to the top with ice and then add the soda water.
  4. Mix together your ingredients with a bar spoon, lifting the ingredients up as you stir.
  5. Garnish with a mint sprig. You can also free pour in golden or dark rum at this stage, this adds and extra dimension to the Mojito.

Watch our in-house Wine & Spirits Educator, Greg Roberts, in his step by step tutorial on how to make a Mojito.

Tom Collins

The Tom Collins is a great alternative to a Gin & Tonic.


  • 50ml Gin
  • 25ml Lemon juice
  • 12ml Simple syrup
  • Soda water
  • Ice
  • Orange and cherry to garnish


  1. Take a Hi Ball glass and fill to the top with ice.
  2. Pour your gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a mixing glass and fill with ice.
  3. Put the lid on the glass and shake for 12 seconds.
  4. Take a sieve and pour the mix into the Hi Ball glass filled with ice. You should be left with a little gap at the top.
  5. Top up the glass with soda water.
  6. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry.


With just a handful of ingredients, the Negroni will be on your list to try this summer.


  • 25ml Chase GB Gin
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml Sweet vermouth
  • Ice
  • Orange wedge to garnish


  1. Add your gin, Campari and sweet vermouth to a mixing glass.
  2. Add ice to the top of your mixing glass and stir together the ingredients with a bar spoon for 20-30 seconds.
  3. Place a large cube of ice into a rocks glass and pour the mixed drink with a strainer over the large cube of ice.
  4. Finish off the drink by placing an orange wedge inside the glass.

For a video tutorial on how to make a classic Negroni, head over to our YouTube.

English Garden

Summer is the perfect time to open a bottle of fizz! But the English Garden is a bit more than just prosecco. This cocktail blends together some great British flavours and we think you’ll love it.



  1. Place the ice, elderflower cordial and gin into your service glass of choice.
  2. Top up the glass with ice cold Allesandro Gallici Prosecco.
  3. Add in a sprig or two of fresh mint and enjoy.

Will you be trying one of these cocktails? If you give any of these summer cocktails a go yourself at home, do tag us in your pictures on Instagram.

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