Summery and refreshing, the Somerset is well worth getting fresh with.   We love how the elderflower makes Victoria Gin shine.  And as a notable Somerset once said “It’s a funny thing about life; if you refuse to accept anything but the best, you very often get it.”  Same goes for cocktails.  Thanks Mr. Maugham!


  • 1 oz Victoria Gin
  • 1/4 oz Elderflower Cordial
  • 1 oz Lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Vanilla syrup
  • 6 Mint leaves
  • 5 wheels Cucumber
  • 1 oz Soda
  • For syrup:
  • 4 cups Water
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 3/4 oz Vanilla extract


Muddle cucumber and mint in shaker,  saving one mint leaf or sprig for garnish. Add other ingredients, leaving out the soda.  Add ice. Shake to chill. Strain over fresh ice in tall glass.  Top with soda. Garnish with mint.

For syrup:  Make slightly diluted simple syrup with the water, sugar and extract.  Heat over medium-high heat. Boil gently for a few minutes and until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool. Syrup will keep refrigerated in an air-tight container for a couple of months.