The Summer Solstice is here!

Wednesday 21st June 2023 - Summer Solstice

Today is officially the start of summer as we celebrate the Summer Solstice! The northern hemisphere is tilted on its axis towards the sun as we are treated to the longest period of daylight in the year.

Whether you are out and about soaking up the sun or still in the office heralding in the warm evening to come, we hope you have had a good first half of the year! We have a whole other half to now enjoy, and with that, the whole of summer yet to explore. With the rest of June, July and August due to bring hot weather it is hard to find a more refreshing drink than the cocktail below.

Lychee Gin Gimlet

Ingredients for one (though we would, of course, recommend having some mates over!):

  • 50ml Darnley's Original Gin
  • 40ml fresh lime juice
  • 1.5 tbsp simple syrup
  • 60ml lychee juice (or nectar)
  • Fresh lychees and lime wedges, for garnish
  • sugar for the rim of the glass


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, lime juice, simple syrup, and lychee juice and shake well. Strain into the sugar-rimmed martini glass. Garnish and enjoy!

Being the longest day of the year, with the most sunlight, surely means there is more time than ever to enjoy a Darnley's! Use this recipe as a mid week treat or save it up for one of the longest weekends of the year!

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