8 Alternative Cocktail Recipes To Master This Summer

Here’s how to do sundowner hour thoughtfully, with premium drink brands that are producing with our planet in mind – and don’t forget to explore the Stephen Webster sterling silver straw, to reduce our single-use plastic. 


Look to include Elephant Gin that gives a more meaningful spin. Working to conserve elephants, this liquor is crafted in Germany using fresh apples from the distillery’s orchard, and focuses on saving an environment that Founders Robin and Tessa love. Read our interview with them here to discover more about the brand.


For the gin and tonic lovers that need a break from tradition – although this cocktail has been around since the late 19th century. Simple, elegant and refreshingly classic.

  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • 125ml chilled soda water

Discover the recipe here 


Perfect for toasting a new home, engagement or job move, this is the late summer drink to love.

  • 25ml gin
  • 1tbsp crème de cassis
  • 2tsp Elderflower cordial
  • 25ml Golden grapefruit juice
  • Top up with Champagne

Discover the recipe here


Put a spin on a special event and turn champagne into a guest-impressing cocktail. We love Krug, who have been honing their fine champagnes since 1843: “Our philosophy is to select grapes from individual plots, each of which expresses its distinctive, nuanced and unique features. There is no hierarchy in our selection, no one plot is favoured over another – a plot may sometimes be smaller than a garden. What interests us is the character. At Krug, we are fully committed to our founding principle of quality, of not blending what we do not know. Therefore we capture the essence of each unique plot as an individual wine and respect its individuality as the blending decisions are made.” – Eric Lebel, Krug Cellar Master


Earthy, with a kick – particularly delicious with an early afternoon brunch.

  • 3 Strips of pickled ginger (use fresh ginger if unavailable)
  • 2 tbsp. Vodka
  • Top up with well-chilled quality champagne.

Discover the recipe here


Take your fizz tropical, with a drink that is made to kick off a long weekend getaway in the sun.

  • 25ml Cognac
  • 1tbsp Vanilla Sugar
  • 1 passion fruit, you just need the seeds.
  • Top up Champagne.

Discover the recipe here


Belvedere is a brand that has put in place a global social and environmental responsibility action plan, based on five pillars: reducing its environmental impact, sustainable farming, involving local communities, responsible consumption and social engagement. Made from Dankowskie rye in Poland, the notion of ‘terroir’ is extremely important to them, while they work to be planet-friendly producers alongside taste pioneers –  the distillery was the first to be awarded an EU grant to facilitate the process of reducing its environmental impact.



A grown-up version of the after-dinner mint, this indulgent cocktail can effortlessly replace your dessert.

  • 1/2 oz. creme de menthe, chilled
  • 2 oz. white chocolate liqueur, chilled
  • 1 oz. vodka, chilled

Discover the recipe here


Cool off with a retro throwback, for a 70s addition to a garden party – just top with a twisted rind of lemon.

  • 1.5 oz / 45 ml Belvedere
  • Dash maraschino liqueur
  • 3 lemon slices
  • 1 maraschino cherry

Discover the recipe here 


With the tallest stills, the most advanced approach to extra maturation and a commitment to only ever using casks twice Glenmorangie is well ahead of the whiskey game. The very best slow-growth American white oak trees are handpicked to make their casks, before being air seasoned for at least two years before being skilfully crafted into casks. Their love for oak casks went the extra mile recently, when they partnered with bicycle brand Renovo to create the first bicycle made from whisky casks.


  • 35ml Glenmorangie Lasanta
  • 25ml Campari
  • 25ml moscatel
  • Dash of orange marmalade syrup
  • 2 dashes of barrel-aged bitters

Discover the recipe here


Curated in New Orleans with an aromatic flavour – not for the faint-hearted.

  • 1 sugar cube
  • 2 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 2 dashes Peychaud’s bitters
  • 1 ounce rye whiskey
  • 1 ounce VSOP Cognac
  • 1 teaspoon absinthe
  • 3 star anise pods

Discover the recipe here

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