Recipe: English Garden Cocktail

English Garden Cocktail

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I mentioned last week that making bread is a simple pleasure that I don’t get around to nearly often enough, and making really good cocktails falls into the same category.  Digging out the cocktail shaker, measuring the ingredients carefully, shaking over ice, straining into beautiful glasses, and going a bit overboard on the ‘garnish art’…. cocktail making is fun, and I really should do it more often. is a brilliant website full of really excellent cocktail recipes to suit every taste and budget.  You can search by what’s in your cupboard, lower-calorie cocktails, one-unit cocktails and even alcohol-free ‘mocktails’. 

This English Garden Cocktail comes from their collection of one-unit cocktails, perfect for those who are trying not to go overboard after “Dry January’ (like us!), or looking for a healthier option.  It would make a perfect pre-dinner-party cocktail too, if you’re serving wine with dinner and want just a light tipple before the meal.

English Garden Cocktail 2

I love the quintessentially English flavours of this cocktail – cucumber gin, apple juice and mint, with a squeeze of lime juice.  It tastes clean and fresh, an English garden in a glass – perfect for an alfresco drinks party in the summer, but just as good on a drizzly February evening!

5 from 3 votes
English Garden Cocktail
English Garden Cocktail
Prep Time
1 min
Total Time
1 min
Course: Cocktail
Servings: 1 cocktail
  • 25 ml Gordon's Crisp Cucumber Gin
  • 50 ml Apple Juice
  • 20 ml Lime Juice
  • 20 ml Sugar Syrup
  • 1 leaf mint
  • 1 slice cucumber
  1. Fill a shaker with ice.
  2. Add Gordon's Crisp Cucumber, apple juice, lime juice and sugar syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake until cold.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a slice of cucumber and a mint leaf.

English Garden Gin CocktailOr take a look at the recipe here on website.

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  1. That sounds delicious. would be lovely on a summer day.
    Janice (@FarmersgirlCook) recently posted…Fruity, Nutty, Oaty Flapjack BarsMy Profile

    1. Thanks Janice – yes will definitely remember to make it again in the heat of summer! x

  2. That coupe is gorgeous! Where can I get some?!

    1. Thanks Cullen! Its a Champagne Saucer by LSA International – ours were from John Lewis (not sure if you’re in the UK or US?). So lovely, though drinking champagne from them gives you a face full of bubbles and it tends to go flat very quickly…. far better for cocktails!! x

        1. Hooray! Enjoy x

  3. Oh, that sounds interesting. I must admit I have never tried cucumber gin. I’m tempted to try it out straight away 🙂
    Margot recently posted…Butternut Squash Toad in The Hole – Classic Recipe with a TwistMy Profile

    1. I hadn’t tried it either Margot, but the cucumber & gin combo is fantastic! A total convert.

  4. Beautiful photographs Kate. Love the idea of sitting in the garden (on a nice warm day of course) sipping one of your elegant cocktails.

    1. Thanks Choclette! Yes this would be so lovely on a warm evening x

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