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The Ultimate Gin Cocktails to Celebrate the Sun in Style: A Highclere Castle Gin Guide

By Khalid Williams

As the season of sun-drenched afternoons and languid evenings has finally come out in full formal dress, the discerning palate yearns for a refreshing and refined libation. Enter gin, the spirit of summer, brimming with botanicals and versatile enough to grace any cocktail with an air of sophistication. And among gins, Highclere Castle Gin reigns royally over the patio party, the garden soiree, and the private balcony cocktail for two enjoyed in the moonlight. The sun never sets on the empire of enjoyment, and the gin cocktail truly encapsulates this most magical season’s beauty, brightness, and balance.

Highclere Castle Gin is not merely a spirit; it’s an experience, a journey through the verdant landscape of the English countryside. Distilled from handpicked juniper, aromatic lavender from the castle monks’ gardens, and estate-grown oats, this gin is a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate. This award-winning gin, steeped in the rich history of the iconic Highclere Castle, embodies aristocratic elegance and modern sophistication.

Now, allow us to introduce you to four of the most distinguished gin cocktails, perfect for those balmy summer days and nights:

A timeless classic, the Tom Collins is the epitome of summer refreshment, perfectly balancing lemon’s tartness with sugar’s sweetness.


  • 2 oz Highclere Castle Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • club soda
  • dried blood orange and lime

Method: Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a glass filled with ice. Top off with club soda and gently stir. Garnish with a dried blood orange wheel, lime, or cherry.

This cocktail is a delightful twist on the classic martini, with the fresh flavor of watermelon providing a fruity counterpoint to the crispness of the gin.


  • 1 oz Highclere Castle Gin
  • 1/2 cup chopped watermelon or 1/4 cup fresh watermelon juice
  • 2 large mint Leaves
  • .5 oz Cointreau
  • 5 oz simple syrup
  • .5 oz. lime juice

Method: Add watermelon, lime, and mint to a cocktail shaker. Muddle gently to release the juices.

Combine all other ingredients and fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a small watermelon slice and a mint leaf.

3. The Bees Knees

This classic cocktail is the perfect arbiter of simple beauty. Perfect for highlighting local ingredients and great for large groups, this cocktail is universally met with approving smiles and requests for refills. Honey syrup replaces simple syrup, adding a silky mouthfeel and richness without being overly sweet


  • 2 oz Highclere Castle Gin
  • 1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup

Method: Combine all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Shake until well chilled and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Our pièce de résistance, the Summer Crown, is a regal cocktail that encapsulates the essence of an English summer.


  •  5 oz Highclere Castle Gin
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz Orange Curacao
  • 1 oz Grapefruit Juice
  • 2 Mint Leaves

Method: Add mint leaf and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker and muddle gently. Add the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a tall glass with fresh life. Garnish with a mint leaf.

Each of these cocktails highlights the unique flavor profile of Highclere Castle Gin, providing a delightful backdrop for the other ingredients. They result from the Highclere team’s consistent experimentation and love for curating cocktails and creating little royal sips to enjoy with friends. Feel free to experiment with the recipes, adjusting the proportions to suit your taste.

So, as the summer sun bathes the world in its warm glow, why not indulge in the ultimate luxury? Pick up a bottle of Highclere Castle Gin and immerse yourself in the exquisite world of gin cocktails. Here’s to a summer of sophistication and sublime sipping. Cheers!