Let's shake it up


Berry G&T

It might not be the hottest start to summer but it's not over yet and next months forecast is meant to bring the heat (fingers crossed) so we are going to make sure to make the most of it and enjoy each and every day day to the maximum. We plan to have as many picnics, bbq's and al fresco feasts and with any such event having a refreshing drink to accompany good food is a must. So when thebar.com asked us to be apart of their Shake it Up movement we couldn't say now and as soon as we had a mild night earlier this month John and I whipped out the Gin and Captain Morgans for a spot of delicious summer inspired cocktails that are super easy to make and taste great as well.

making cocktails

Summer is a time to kick back and rejoice in the good times, break free from tradition and try something new so why just stick with beer or wine and throw caution to the wind and have a hand a making some cocktails? You don't need to be a master mixologist to whip up something tasty and impressive for your guests and we recently had fun experimenting and having a go at making two classic cocktails - Johns summer favourite that is the quintessential G&T but with a berry twist as well as the delicious Mojito.

cocktail time

Very Berry G&T

1 Part Gordon's Gin
4 Parts tonic
Fresh Berries

1. Pack the glass with ice
2. Tip in the gun and top with tonic and a squeeze of lime
3. Sprinkle with fresh or frozen berries and serve it up

 The berries are such a simple touch but add a lovely subtle fruity flavour as well as looking great - this is sure to be a hit with friends at a casual garden gathering this summer.

drinking outside

Classic Cuban Mojito

1 Part Captain Morgan Original Spiced
1/2 Part Sugar Syrup
2 Parts Soda Water

1. Throw a handful of mint leaves, sugar syrup & a few lime wedges into a glass. Have fun mashing all these ingredients together to release all the flavours
2. Load the glass with ice and pour over the Captain Morgan Original Spiced and top with Soda water
3. Give it a good stir, garnish with a sprig of mint and serve it up

making mojitos

Both of these cocktails were super easy to make and that is coming from someone who has never made a Mojito before and I can't wait to try out making a few more especially since thebar.com have some inspiring and rather humorous videos to get you in the #letscocktail mood. So why not have a go your self and don't forget to share your own creations on social media with #letscocktail for your chance to win some prizes from thebar.com

This post is in collaboration with thebar.com 


  1. I love, love, love the idea of these cocktails. I'm going to keep a mental note of this post for my next (first) BBQ of the year. Hmmmmmm gin, hmmmmm rum. If you need a good margarita recipe my sister has a good one on our blog. Words cannot portray how excited I am about cocktails right now.

  2. Wow that looks delicious, I may have to try and make it next time I have guests.

  3. Your husband's hat. That is all.

  4. Love it! I always go to The Bar for my cocktail recipes - I have ingredients for both of these so must try soon :) :) x

  5. Oh, this looks so good Laura! Make me one when I next come to Cardiff, please... lol xxx

  6. Only really started getting into cocktails properly this year but i'm totally loving it. Anything with gin it in for me.

    Buckets & Spades

  7. I will definitely be trying these! Gin and Captain Morgan rum? Favourites in our house, we could be friends lol!
    Laura www.itsforthebaby.com

  8. Mmmmmmmm, this is my kind of post. Totally nicking these recipes to try out in our own back garden!

  9. What with being pregnant and then breastfeeding I can't remember the last time I had a cocktail! I always stick boringly to wine or beer. Love a good cocktail though. These look lush though and really summery x

  10. Ah, you can't beat a good cocktail! This is the first summer in ages I have not been pregnant or breastfeeding, so finally I can indulge! Love the sound of the second one. x

  11. Yummy! I love cocktails although never usually make them as Matt doesn't drink and it's a bit too much effort for one person! x

  12. Ooh these look great! Always think cocktails are more fun in the summer, for bbq's etc and this is a good idea for everyone to have their own personalised drinks. Love it!


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