For something a little more complex in its make-up, the Laverstoke cocktail – named after Bombay Sapphire's distillery – is sure to go down a treat this summer. It uses the sweet and herbal notes of Martini vermouth and offsets it with elderflower cordial (or St Germain, a punchy, flavoursome elderflower liqueur, if you'd prefer), and tops it with ginger ale before adding a touch of ginger and mint for a fresh, lasting finish. The resulting cocktail is a little sweet, a little savoury, a little fiery, and completely delicious. A perfect pick-me-up.


  • 35ml Bombay Sapphire
  • 15ml Martini vermouth (Rosato or Bianco are best for summer)
  • 10ml elderflower cordial or St Germain liqueur
  • 75ml ginger ale
  • 2 wedges of lime
  • Slice of ginger
  • Sprig of mint


Squeeze in the lime wedges before pouring the gin and cordial, fill with ice and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a ginger slice and a mint sprig.