Summer Gin Cocktail

Summer Gin Cocktail

This is such a refreshing cocktail and just perfect for a hot summer’s day. I used Jorgensen’s Gin, which is not only my favourite gin but is the first South African made premium gin, distilled in Wellington by my good friends at Jorgensen’s Distillery. The dominant flavour in the gin is from Juniper berries from Macedonia and it also contains citrus zest from six kinds of fruit, including naartjies.

Roger Jorgensen is such a wizard when it comes to flavour that I wanted to remain respectful to what he had created in the gin and did not want the additional ingredients I was adding to overpower any of the flavours.

Summer Gin Cocktail

Summer Gin Cocktail

Summer Gin Cocktail


  • To make 2 cocktails:
  • 8 basil leaves
  • 8 mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons castor sugar
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 3 tots gin
  • ice
  • soda water
  • slices of lime
  • basil and mint leaves for garnish


  1. Tear the basil and mint leaves and place in a cocktail shaker with the sugar. Using a muddler or a wooden spoon handle bash the leaves and sugar until fine and the mixture has turned green. Add the lime juice and gin and shake until well combined. Strain the mixture, place some ice cubes into two tumblers and pour the strained gin mixture into the glasses. Add a few slices of lime, top with soda water, garnish with a few basil and mint leaves and serve.
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