British Summertime Cooler

This British summertime cooler, made with gin, apple juice, elderflower liqueur, and soda, is refined and a little restrained though in all the right ways. Exactly what one might expect from a British cocktail.

A highball glass filled with British summertime cooler, mint leaves, and a cucumber slice.

“Restrained, refined, and refreshing—all that one might expect from something dubbed a British summertime cooler.” That’s what one of our recipe testers, Samantha Fisher, had to say about this herbaceous gin and elderflower cocktail. We couldn’t say it any better ourselves.–Renee Schettler

British Summertime Cooler

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  • Serves 1
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In a chilled highball glass, gently muddle the mint and then fill the glass 3/4 full of crushed ice.

Add the gin, apple juice, and St. Germain and stir to combine.

Top off with soda. Stir once more and add more crushed ice. Garnish with a cucumber spear and more fresh mint.

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    Recipe Testers Reviews

    This cooler tastes a lot like a Pimm’s Cup, but you don’t need to go out of your way to find Pimm’s in your local liquor store. I’m not a huge fan of mint in general, but it pairs eloquently with the herbaceous gin and floral elderflower. I could imagine myself sipping this in the Kensington Palace gardens — now if only Queen Elizabeth could mail me an invite.

    I also thought the apple juice would make this too sweet, but instead it’s a subtle and lovely taste. It also gives the cooler a light gingery tint which you may or may not find aesthetically appealing.

    I used 3 ounces of Seagram’s since that’s what I had on hand, but you could also use a flavored seltzer that complements the floral notes found in the gin and cordial. I’d personally go with a simple lemon soda water. Makes one very refreshing drink.

    Restrained, refined, refreshing--all that one might expect from a British summer cocktail. Oh, and gin, of course. Like a good friend once described his betrothed, I'd say this drink is a solid 4 out of 5 in most categories; good for the long haul. It's not too sweet, not too strong.

    The cucumber is a surprisingly necessary choice. For the apple juice, I halved a fresh apple and mashed it in my lemon juicer and it yielded exactly 2 tbsp (1 oz), lucky for me. I added approximately 6 ounces of homemade sparkling water.

    Gin and elderflower liquor are two staples in my drinks cabinet and I have not found a cocktail using them both that does them justice...until now! This is my new favorite drink—it’s refreshing on a summer’s day, but be warned, one is not enough! Yum!


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