5 Cocktails to Kickstart Your Summer

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Great cocktails (or mocktails, if that's your jam) are a staple of the warmer months! Summer brings with it heat and rays of sunshine aplenty!

We’ve made no secret of just how much we love knitwear & the coziness of it all - but there’s something to be said for the Summertime reprieve of sliding off the woollens & slipping our feet into some espadrilles.

As those lazy days begin to stretch out, its one of life’s simple pleasures to spend your afternoon soaking up the sun with a glass in hand.

So with glass half full attitude, we’re bringing a few of our fave cocktails in preparation for an awesome Summer!

Starting with our recipe for a Classic Rum Punch!

Classic Rum Punch


  • 175ml freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 75ml freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 150ml good-quality golden rum
  • 50ml sugar syrup
  • dash of grenadine syrup
  • dash of Angostura bitters
  • ice cubes, to serve
  • generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 thick slices orange, to garnish
  • maraschino cherries, to garnish

To mix, just pour the juices, rum, sugar syrup, grenadine and Angostura bitters into a large jug and give it a good stir. Then pop it into the fridge to chill for 1 hr.

When it's time to serve, generously pour over ice into the glass of your choice, add a sprinkling of nutmeg & garnish each glass with an orange slice and maraschino cherry!

Want to add a little extra? Just include some sliced Strawberries for an even fruitier finish!

Hawaiian Sunset

Then there's this fabulous cocktail from Niamh @bar_bectune. A Fabulous cocktail from a fabulous bartender!


Or maybe you're easing off the booze for a while but you still fancy something for your Summertime palette? How about a Mocktail?

Mocktail Paloma 

From Pip @drinkswithbarbarella comes this gorgeous Paloma using Crossip Dandy instead of Tequila! 


Of course, here in the UK we've got a lot of Gin Lovers. So what would a sunshine-filled cocktail menu be without a Classic Tom Collins?!

Tom Collins 


  • 50ml gin
  • 25ml lemon juice
  • 25ml sugar syrup
  • 125ml chilled soda water

This is a super simple recipe! Just gently build the drink over plenty of ice straight in a Collins or tall glass. To serve, stir softly and garnish with a slice of lemon. Tom Collins Cocktails are incredibly versatile too! Want to make it pink? Gently muddle a handful of raspberries in the glass before adding ice & your ingredients and voila! A Raspberry Collins!

One of the most oft-forgotten cocktail ingredients is Scotch! But not to worry if whisky is your tipple of choice, Rox @miss.rox.the.fox has you covered with her Flying Scotsman recipe!

Flying Scotsman


We hope you enjoy some lazy days in your garden, sipping on one of these fantastic cocktails made with love!

Remember - Enjoy yourself!

Drink responsibly & we'll see you soon.


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