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Cocktail Hour: Toast to World Gin Day With These Delicious Gin-Based Recipes

Make these flavourful cocktails using your favourite gin and toast a drink to World Gin Day

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By House & Garden South Africa | June 10, 2024 | Recipes

The best thing about gin is that you can pick your flavour profile, whether you like the London Dry variety or want a more layered approach. South African gins can come in a host of flavours from rooibos, to fynbos or even a colourful one. Why not go with the flow this month and try out these enticing gin cocktail recipes?

Stick the Classic Gin and Tonic

The simple gin and tonic remains a classic for a reason: gin, botanicals, and tonic water come together for a smooth sipping drink. Image: Supplied.


60ml gin

120ml Indian tonic water


Choose between a cucumber slice, lemon wedge, or a slice of grapefruit


Fill a highball glass with ice, then add your choice of gin.

Top with the Indian tonic water and stir gently.

Finally, garnish with the cucumber, lemon, or grapefruit.

Wild Cucumber Stunner

A Wild Cucumber Stunner. Image: Supplied.


1 cucumber peeled or a dry wild cucumber

Mashed cucumber

60ml gin (cucumber-flavoured gin works best)

Mint leaves

Soda water



Take the thinly peeled cucumber and lace it around the inside the glass. Using a muddler, mash the cucumber inside the glass.

Add your choice of gin and stir.

Add the soda water and ice. Garnish with mint leaves.

Sunset Sensation

This smooth and refreshing cocktail from Cape Town Gin is best paired with seafood canapés and jazz music.

A Sunset Sensation made using Cape Town Gin. Image: Supplied.


25 ml Cape Town Pink Lady Gin

5ml Strawberry liqueur

15ml Squeezed lime juice

3 Strawberries (cut into pieces)

2 Fresh basil leaves

Soda water



Combine all ingredients in a tall glass packed with ice and stir well. Garnish with a slice of orange and a sprig of fresh mint.

Ready for more delicious cocktail recipes? Keep an eye out for more from our Cocktail Hour series here