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Lime and Elderflower Collins with Rock Rose Summer Gin | Gin Diaries

July 20, 2018

Rock Rose gin was one of the first very small batch distillers I was introduced too. Their incredible botanical gin has since grown in popularity. Especially with the addition of their seasonal gins. Lately I’ve been trying out their Rock Rose Summer Gin.

The Rock Rose Summer Gin plan was made last year. The distillers at Dunnet Bay wanted to make a citrus style gin using botanicals growing in the distillery gardens and with no fruit peels! What a challenge eh?! Well they did their research with their gardener and got creative. Hanna planted, harvested and dried the botanicals that have gone into the Summer Edition of Rock Rose in 2018. The botanicals include lemon balm, clover, lemon thyme, pineapple sage, meadowsweet and elderflower.


With the bottle of Rock Rose Summer Gin I was sent, I was asked to come up with a cocktail that would work with the gin. For this I decided to go with a Lime and Elderflower Collins. Given the heatwave, a refreshing cocktail is definitely what’s needed to complement the weather. But also I knew that it would complement the citrus flavours of the gin.



Lime and Elderflower Collins

A wonderfully citrus and refreshing Summer gin drink!
Author MissPond


  • 50 ml Rock Rose Summer Gin
  • 25 ml Fresh lime juice
  • 25 ml Elderflower Cordial
  • Ice
  • Soda Water
  • High ball glass
  • Lemon for garnish


  1. Juice your lime.
  2. Fill your high ball glass with ice.
  3. Pour the gin, elderflower and lime juice over it and stir with a bar spoon or stirrer (or any form of implement that can stir!)
  4. Top up with soda water. Garnish with a slice of lemon.

I love that Dunnet Bay Distillers carefully hand fill and wax seal every bottle. Which are all numbered and signed at the distillery. You can tell a great amount of care is taken throughout the whole process to ensure only the very best gin is made and sold!

Would you make my Lime and Elderflower Collins? Have you tried Rock Rose Gin? Let me know in the comments,


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P.S. I was sent the Summer Rock Rose to feature, as ever I only feature things I like. I like gin, so here we are.


  • Reply Bec Oakes July 20, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Oh wow this sounds so refreshing! Perfect for the weather we’ve been having lately!

    • Reply MissPond July 25, 2018 at 9:31 pm

      It really was super refreshing!

  • Reply Anca July 20, 2018 at 9:18 am

    The flavours of your drink sound really lovely. I like the numbering of the wax seal as well, that is a nice touch.

    • Reply MissPond July 25, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      It’s such a lovely bottle isn’t it?!

  • Reply Nayna Kanabar July 20, 2018 at 8:26 am

    This certainly sounds very tasty and refreshing and perfect to sip whilst enjoying the sunshine. I love the shape of the gin bottle.

    • Reply MissPond July 25, 2018 at 9:35 pm

      It really is the perfect summer heat wave drink!

  • Reply Ryan July 20, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Now that sounds like my kind of a cocktail! Must give it a try. Thanks!

    • Reply MissPond July 25, 2018 at 9:37 pm

      I hope you enjoy it if you make it. You could use another citrussy gin like Bombay Sapphire or a decent London Dry like Haymans to make it if you don’t have Rock Rose.

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