As summer hots up it seems cocktail-loving Brits will be keeping cool with a Mojito.

New research* has found that in the summer almost two thirds of Brits enjoy kicking back with a cocktail or two and from these, some 56% declared the rum-based Caribbean classic, the Mojito, to be their favourite.

The Martini was named the second most popular cocktail (19%) followed by Moscow Mule at 16%, while Tom Collins and French 75 were also highlighted in the survey of 2059 people by Panelbase.com on behalf of Halewood Wines & Spirits, distributors of premium spirits Whitley Neill Gin, Rum Sixty-Six and J.J. Whitley Elderflower Gin.

Teddy Getachew of the Exmouth Arms, Exmouth Market London says: “The Mojito is a long-time loved classic, it’s one of the most refreshing alcoholic summer drinks and the increased flavour variations have further widened its appeal.”

Whatever your tipple this summer try one of these twists on the classics.

Strawberry & Basil Mojito

Serves one

Ingredients:

50ml Rum Sixty Six (6 year-old Extra Old)

25ml freshly squeezed lime juice

5-6 basil leaves

15ml strawberry syrup

Soda

1-2 course grinds of freshly milled black pepper

Method:

In a tall glass, muddle 3-4 basil leaves with 25ml of freshly squeezed lime juice, and top with whole ice cubes.

Pour over 15ml of strawberry syrup and 50ml of Rum Sixty Six 12 year-old Family Reserve

Top with soda and garnish with basil leaves, a halved strawberry and 1-2 course grinds of black pepper

Rhubarb and Ginger Mule

Serves one

Ingredients:

50ml Whitley Neill Rhubarb and Ginger Gin

15ml Lemon Juice

Top Lamb & Watt Hibiscus Tonic

Garnish: Orange Slices

Method:

Take a highball glass and fill with cubed ice. Pour all ingredients into the glass and give it a quick stir to infuse. Add your garnish, sit back and enjoy.

Elderflower & Apple Collins

Serves one

Ingredients:

50ml JJ Whitley Elderflower Gin

60ml Cloudy apple

15ml Lemon

Top Lamb & Watt Cucumber Tonic

Garnish: Mint Sprig

Method:

Take a highball glass and fill with cubed ice. Pour all ingredients into the glass and give it a quick stir to infuse. Add your garnish, sit back and enjoy.

Rum Sixty Six, Whitley Neill Gin, J.J. Whitley Gin and Lamb & Watt Tonics are all available online from Amazon.

Remember to always drink responsibly.

 

* Survey of 2,059 people across the UK conducted by Panelbase.com on behalf of Halewood Wines & Spirits, July 2017