Perfect garden cocktails to toast the end of lockdown

With summer fast approaching and lockdown lifting, garden party and barbecue season will be in full swing before we know it – within the rule of six of course!

With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite cocktail recipes to impress your five lucky guests on those sunny spring days.

Maple Breakfast Collins

Perfect for those late morning (bottomless) garden brunches, the Maple Breakfast Collins is a sweet twist on the classic Tom Collins. With homemade Earl Grey cordial made with real amber Canadian maple syrup, your favourite gin mixed soda over ice, and a slice of lemon, the Maple Breakfast Collins is a go-to party starter.

Aperol Spritz

Locally known in Italy as A Spritz Veneziano, the Aperol Spritz is an ultra-refreshing, classic that will bring a taste of Italy to your back garden. All you’ll need to feel like you’re on the Italian Rivera is Aperol, Prosecco, soda water, and a slice of orange to garnish for an extra drop of citrusy sunshine.

Sangria

We know, not strictly a cocktail, but without a doubt the undisputed lifeblood of a lazy, hazy, spring afternoon garden party. Despite its Spanish associations, what we now know as Sangria was made in England and France in the 1800s. There is no official recipe for sangria, which makes it perfect for putting your own twist on it. Pick fruit – like apples or oranges, a sweetener such as brown sugar, brandy or rum, and bold Spanish red wine and get creative. If you need a helping hand, get a recipe here.

Rum Runner

Sometimes you really need a rum cocktail and, with overseas holidays potentially off the cards this year, that need has arguably never been greater. Including two types of rum and fruity twists, the Rum Runner is a sure-fire way to import island sunshine directly to your garden.

Margarita

An undeniable classic, the Margarita is one of the easiest to make and most enjoyable cocktails to ever be dreamt up. This is a drink built on tradition and simplicity, all you need is Cointreau, fresh lime juice, salt and of course the star of the show – a good tequila. Our pro tip – use 100 percent agave tequila to avoid feeling less than sunny the next day.

Which of these tasty cocktails will you be making with your garden party guests?