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to mix it up for summer? Find yourself a shaker or mixing glass and you can whip these up in a matter of minutes, says.

Byline: SAM WYLIE-HARRIS

AS the summer social season rolls in, cocktails play a starring role - especially those that don't challenge the senses but have just the right balance to leave you wanting another.

Here are some simple but moreish recipes to fit our busy, modern lifestyles. Mix them up and enjoy with some cicchetti, tapas or light bites...

PERFECT NEGRONI TWO Italian mixologists have created Seven Hills Italian Dry Gin (PS34.99, 70cl, Amazon), which they cite as the perfect Italian gin for the perfect negroni. An aromatic spirit, with citrus and herbal notes, the inspiration for the ingredients dates back to when Romans added juniper to wine to boosdt their appetite, hence the aperitivo. Saluti!

Ingredients: 30ml Seven Hills Gin, 15ml Campari, 15ml Antica Formula Carpano Vermouth. Method: Half fill a mixing glass with ice. Add the gin, Campari and vermouth. Stir well, then strain into an old-fashioned glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit.

Martini Riserva & Tonic THE vibrant bitter-sweet taste of Martini can be enjoyed in two styles: Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth di Torino (currently reduced to PS11 from PS15, 75cl, Ocado) - a bright ruby red vermouth, with a delicate balance of botanicas to create a full-bodied herbal and complex style.

Or Martini Riserva Speciale Ambrato Vermouth di Torino (PS15, 75cl, Ocado) - Floral, aromatic and a beautifully honeyed style with a light, bitter taste profile. Ingredients: One part Martini Riserva Speciale Rubino or Ambrato, one part tonic water.

Method: Fill a tumbler with ice, add one part Martini and one part tonic water (tweak to taste), garnish with an orange wedge (Rubino) or lemon wedge (Ambrato).

THE SILENT POOL SECRET GARDEN WINNER of a Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2017, Silent Pool Gin (currently reduced to PS35 from PS39.50, 70cl, Waitrose Cellar) is a floral-inspired tipple and this is its signature cocktail recipe. Ingredients: 35ml Silent Pool Gin, 15ml Poire Williams, 15ml St Germain, 15ml honey water, 35ml chamomile tea, 25ml prosecco.

Method: Fill a high-ball glass with ice. Add the gin, eau de vie, St Germain, honey water and tea. Stir slowly and top with prosecco. Garnish with gypsophila (Baby's-breath).

ST GERMAIN SPRITZ WITH elderflower season in full bloom, the natural floral notes in St Germain Liqueur Elderflower (PS19, 50cl, Ocado), combined with prosecco and sparkling water really hit the spot. A quintessentially French aperitif...

Ingredients: 1.5 parts St Germain, 2 parts prosecco, 2 parts sparkling water, 1 lemon.

Method: Fill a tall glass with ice. Add the prosecco first, then St Germain, then sparkling water - the order is essential to bring out the best of everything - stir slowly and garnish with a lemon twist.

Martini Riserva and tonic - the choice of two distinct flavours

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Date:Jun 16, 2018
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