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The Summer Cocktail Hotlist

Cocktails are a sure set to make any summer celebration sparkle!

There really is nothing better than a delicious, refreshing cocktail on a hot summers day, especially when you're enjoying it with friends! Whether you're having a laid back BBQ, celebrating a milestone birthday or throwing an intimate dinner party, there is a cocktail for EVERY occasion - endless opportunities, recipes and combos!

To mark the start of a very unpredictable British summer we have handpicked our 5 favourite cocktails, get inspired to try your hand at mixology and if you're feeling extra fancy - flair bartending. Let get those tastebuds quenched with these fabulous cocktail recipes.

Drum roll please..

1. Watermelon Refresher

Looking for a light, refreshing and summery cocktail to quench your thirst on a hot summer afternoon? Then look no further.

The watermelon fresher can be made as an individual serving or why not whip up a pitcher to share with friends.

Check out the recipe below, courtesy of @tasteandtipple:


  • 50ml of your favourite gin (we love Whitley Neill Watermelon & Kiwi)

  • 100g fresh, seedless watermelon

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 25ml sugar syrup

  • Handful of fresh mint


  1. In your cocktail shaker muddle together your watermelon and mint, smash until it becomes a liquid.

  2. Add in your gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup and a handful of ice.

  3. Shake vigorously until the shaker becomes super cold.

  4. Pour the liquid through a strainer into a highball glass filled with ice.

  5. Garnish with a slice of watermelon and enjoy!


2. Strawberry Cosmo

A fruity twist on a very classic cocktail, this strawberry cosmo is the perfect drink to enjoy whilst having a BBQ in the garden. A modern twist on a world-class specialty.


  • 50ml Grey Goose l'orange vodka

  • 25ml Cointreau

  • 1/2 lime, juiced

  • 5 strawberries


  1. In a cocktail shaker muddle together the strawberries with the lime juice.

  2. Add in the vodka and Cointreau, fill to the top with ice cubes.

  3. Shake vigorously until all ingredients are well combined.

  4. Attach the strainer and pour the drink through a sieve into a chilled martini glass.


3. Whisky Sour

Sophisticated, classy and the perfect accompaniment to our Masquerade Magic style! If you're not a Whisky lover, prepare to be a convert with this deep, sweet and delicious cocktail.


  • 50ml high quality Bourbon

  • 35ml lemon juice

  • 12ml Sugar syrup

  • 2 dashes of Angostura bitters

  • 1/2 egg white

  • 1 maraschino cherry


  1. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, sugar syrup and egg white into a cocktail shaker and dry-shale for 30 seconds (no ice).

  2. Fill the shaker with ice and shake again until well-chilled.

  3. Strain into any glass of your choice and garnish with the maraschino cherry.


4. Rhubarb Fizz

Looking for a drink that tastes more like juice than alcohol? Something sweet, vibrant and fizzy? The rhubarb fizz is for you, a delicious alternative to the classics but sure to still be a show-stopper!


  • 50ml rhubarb syrup (check out the simple recipe below)

  • 50ml white gin

  • 50ml white vermouth

  • 12ml sugar syrup

  • Prosecco

  • Candied Rhubarb


  1. Begin by making a super simple rhubarb syrup. Combine equal parts of sugar, water and rhubarb in a pan and bring to a simmer. Leave it for 15 minutes and pour through a strainer, allow to cool completely.

  2. In a tall glass combine the rhubarb syrup, sugar syrup, bitters and gin and mix with a long spoon until fully combined.

  3. Fill the glass with crushed ice and a strand of candied rhubarb.

  4. Top with Prosecco, stir and enjoy!


5. Tequila Sunrise

Tequila is an alcohol that you either love or hate and we must admit that we LOVE it!

The unique flavour perfectly balanced with the freshness of orange and tartness of lemon makes it extremely drinkable and extremely addictive.


  • 50ml Tequila

  • 25ml triple sec

  • 1 large orange, juiced

  • 1/2 lemon, juiced

  • 2 tsp grenadine


  1. Pour the grenadine into the bottom of a large glass and set aside.

  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice, tequila, triple sec and the fruit juices, shake until the shaker is freezing cold.

  3. Add a few ice cubes into the glass and pour the cocktail over the top.

  4. Garnish with a slice of orange, add a straw (biodegradable, of course!) and serve.


We hope you love these recipes as much as we do. If you are booking one of our amazing experiences and would like to include your own signature cocktail, get in touch and we will create one that is just for you! A real show stopper for all of your friends and family.

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