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Gin Garden Cocktail

This easy cocktail is an ode to Spring, using ingredients that are easy to find or you might have already. These can be served in martini glasses, iced highballs, or any decorative glasses you have.

Gin Garden Cocktail

Rosie's Gin Garden is a perfect introduction to cocktail making, or an easy revival for the veteran mixologist.

You can use a jigger to measure out the ingredients; an hourglass shaped tool that has two different sized cups at each end. The larger of the two is a ‘double’ at 50ml and the ‘single’ is 25ml.

About this recipe

Preparation Time 5 Minutes
Makes 2 drinks
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  • cocktail shaker
  • muddler
  • jigger
  • hawthorne strainer
  • glasses of your choice
  • ice
  • paper straws (optional)


  • 100ml Urban Cordial Company Elderflower Cordial
  • 100ml Stovell's Wildcrafted Gin
  • 100ml cloudy apple juice
  • 10 fresh mint leaves
  • mint sprigs, for garnish



To note: I've used the Urban Cordial Company's Elderflower cordial, which is much more natural and less syrupy than other brands. If you're using something else, you may want to reduce the quantity. I've also chosen Stovell's Wildcrafted Gin as I love the fantastic range of interesting botanicals it is infused with. Use your favourite gin, or the closest one you have to hand! 


First, prepare your glass with crushed ice - you can crush your own ice by putting whole cubes in a sandwich bag and smashing with a rolling pin.


Once crushed, fill the glasses a third full.


Then, add the mint leaves to the shaker and crush using a muddler (or wooden spoon) to release the oils.


Fill the shaker half way up with ice.


Add the cordial, gin and apple juice. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds - any longer and you may dilute the flavours with the melting ice.


Using the hawthorne strainer, pour the drink into the prepared highball glass.


Top up with additional apple juice if necessary. Add the straw, mint springs and serve.

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