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Grapefruit and Thyme Smash Cocktail Recipe

The Lakes Grapefruit and Thyme Smash is bursting with aromatic herbs and bright citrus flavour, perfect for summer, whatever your tipple!

This tangy, icy beverage can be easily recreated by both novices and cocktail extraordinaire’s at home. Use The Lakes Vodka, shaken with grapefruit juice, lemon juice and sugar syrup. A tasty blend of bitter and sweet creates a refreshing summer cocktail sure to thrill your taste buds! But, if you’re more of a sweet-tooth drinker, add a grapefruit sugar rim for extra sweet flavour.

This “peculiarly American beverage” developed by Jerry Thomas in the early 19th Century now adopts the name Smash; the fruity tantalizing concoction that populates our cocktail season today. If you fancy giving it a go, send your cocktail snaps to our Facebook and Twitter Channels!

July’s Cocktail


Grapefruit and Thyme Smash (serves 1)



Jam Jar

Crushed Ice


50ml The Lakes Vodka

75ml grapefruit juice

25ml lemon juice

50ml sugar syrup


Combine The Lakes Vodka, grapefruit juice, lemon and sugar syrup in a cocktail shaker.



2 sprigs of thyme



English 75 Cocktail Recipe

Our English 75 cocktail recipe is a delicious twist on the Prohibition-esque French 75. The classic French recipe is named after the French ‘Canon de 75 modele 1897’ a weapon from the First World War, and first emerged at Harry’s American Bar in Paris, 1925.

We’ve swapped the traditional French champagne for a delicious English sparkling wine to reinvigorate this sophisticated tipple.

Find out how to give your next party a dash of sparkle with our recipe below!

March’s Cocktail

English 75 (Serves 1)


Chilled champagne glass


1 shot of The Lakes Gin

2 shots of preferred English sparkling wine

½ shot of lemon juice

2 dashes of simple syrup


Combine The Lakes Gin, syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Shake vigorously and strain into an iced champagne class. Top up your drink with fizz1 and stir gently. Voila!


Twist of lemon