Lancashire Times
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4:00 AM 31st July 2021

Top 10 Summer Cocktails: No 1 Gin Basil Smash

Photo by Johann Trasch on Unsplash
Photo by Johann Trasch on Unsplash
We have reached Number 1 in our Summer Cocktail series. Which one was your favourite?

Joseph Miller, top Mixologist at Blackfriars in Newcastle, and voted second best in the world by Brockmans Gin, has been revealing his Top 10 cocktails for this summer in readiness for the Great Northern Food and Drink Festival.

“These are the top most popular cocktails which we will be serving for the summer, as well as an extensive menu, but these epitomise summer in a glass,” explained Joseph.


This is our most popular cocktail at the moment at Blackfriars, and it’s easy to see why.

50ml Gin
25ml lemon juice
25ml sugar syrup
Handful of fresh basil leaves

Shake all ingredients vigorously in a Boston tin full of ice. Strain the liquid onto a short glass on the rocks and garnish with a basil sprig or two.

Why not try one of the Top 10 Cocktails of summer 2021 for yourself at The Great Northern Food and Drink Festival over August Bank Holiday (28th – 30th August), whilst taking in the breath-taking views of the Walled Gardens at Scampston Hall.
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