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Your complete guide to summer cocktails

July 14, 2015


Summer's hotting up - and with it, so is the events diary! Whilst we take care of the food for celebrations - many of our clients also like to talk to us about beverages that will suit the different dishes being served.


During the summer months, cocktails are always a firm favourite and can prove incredibly memorable for guests, especially if there's a signature drink 'with a twist' that's being created for a party. 


If you're looking for some summertime cocktail inspiration, here are some of our favourite tipple sources, online!


Cucumber Collins


We love this recipe, as featured by Pai Skincare (who sell a fabulous range of organic beauty products for sensitive skin). They say:


"Consuming alcohol can leave you parched, particularly in hot weather. Soda water is an excellent choice for cocktails – it contains no sugar and keeps you hydrated. Cucumber Collins is a seriously refreshing drink that’s ideal for a hot day."


The ingredients


Shot of Gin (Pai only recommend Sipsmith) 

Lots of ice 

Shavings of cucumber 

Soda water 


Elderflower cordial (optional) 

Mix well and serve.


Elderflower Lemonade with Frozen Berries


This one is a great option for the 'drivers' amongst partygoers - who want something scrumptious but minus any alcohol. This gem is from Jamie Oliver - who has a whole host of cocktail suggestions on his drinks website (and you can search according to time of year!


  • 2 lemons

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar

  • 35ml elderflower cordial

  • A handful of frozen berries

  • Sparkling water, to top up

How to mix


Squeeze the juice of one lemon into a jug, add the sugar and elderflower cordial and mix well to dissolve. Put a few ice cubes in each glass, slice the remaining lemon and add to the glasses along with the frozen berries. Top up with sparkling water to taste and mix with a straw.


The cocktail collection - by Martha Stewart


The undisputed queen of practically anything domestic, has rolled out 25 of her favourites(!) for the summer months. So many ideas here - and it's so tempting to make a different one each evening as a lovely sundowner - best enjoyed in the garden!






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