9 Jun 2017 34 comments

Summery Gin Punch.

I know we’ve had about three summery days in the UK this year, but I’ve managed to mix up a jug of gin punch every single one of those days. Which is really quite impressive.

The best thing about gin punch is that it really doesn’t requite much effort, but it looks gorge! They’re super easy to throw together, and they end up looking so summery and swish.
It’s really all in the garnish, and maybe your glassware too – I recommend stocking up on jugs and glasses at H&M!

I’ve put together a few flavour combinations below, but the overall method is to fill a 1 litre jug with a good amount of ice, add in 200ml gin (so a double shot for each person), throw in your garnish and then top with your mixer. This makes enough for four, and it’s really easy to stick to this if you want to make another batch!
If you fancy less gin, just add in a shot per person instead!

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Grapefruit, Elderflower & Mint
This is my favourite combination at the moment; the grapefruit looks so vibrant, and the subtle hint of elderflower is so summery!
To mix this one up, place the mint leaves in the palm of your hand and then clap your other hand over them to release the lovely mint aroma! Then tear up and pop in to the jug with lots of ice and the gin.
Pour in either elderflower presse or elderflower coridal and sparkling water and finish off with thinly sliced grapefruit as a garnish!
I love making a little mint and grapefruit garnish for each glass, as well as putting lots in the punch jug too!

Ginger, Rosemary & Lemon
This is a super summery but with a warm zingy twist! To make this, just fill your jug halfway with ice, then throw in thin, round slices of lemon.
Add the gin, then top with ginger beer or ginger ale. I like to add in the juice of a few freshly squeezed lemons too, such a refreshing kick!
Serve up with a sprig of rosemary in each glass – you can add a few sprigs to the jug too, although rosemary is quite a powerful flavour.

Raspberry Lemonade & Mint
This is another almost-too-easy tipple, I make it with the Belvoir Raspberry Lemonade – probably cheating, but so worth it.
I like to muddle in fresh raspberries in the jug, it just adds a little something extra!
As before, clap the mint to release the flavour and add to your jug, along with gin and ice.
Finish off by adding the raspberry lemonade, and a few slices of lemon. Serve up with a slice of lemon and top with a fresh mint leaf in every glass.

Elderflower & Prosecco
Another very easy concoction, all this requires is ice, gin, elderflower and Prosecco.
It’s quite boozy so feel free to halve the gin!
Add your ice and gin to the jug, then fill up the jug with elderflower presse, leaving a small gap at the top to finish off with some Prosecco.
I like to add a few mint sprigs in too – deeelish!

Strawberry, Mint & Lemon
Fill your jug with ice and the gin, then add in a generous helping of thinly sliced strawbs and some lemon.
Either fill all the way with nice lemonade, or top with sparkling water and a freshly squeezed lemon if you want something a little more refreshing.
Garnish each glass with mint, and you’re all set.

From the above, you can really create just about any combination! So summery, and a lovely tipple to sit out in the garden and sip with friends.
Please remember to drink responsibly too!

What do you think of my creations?