Cocktail Time!

Everyone knows I love a good cocktail; they make a holiday, event or just a great family gathering and perfect girl nights in, so as it’s the Bank holiday/Memorial weekend which means its cocktail time!

These are all cocktails I have fell in love with whilst perusing the dangerous but inspiring pinterest or sampled over the years!. These cocktails have been created by other bloggers or myself and have shared their wonderful creations on Pinterest. My cocktail board is huge! Here you can look at all the recipes and follow my board so you will see any new ones I add, and trust me there will always be additions. I do create my own on my Instagram you will have seen my Limoncello, my love of a good Negroni, and my love of anything Pink! This is the link to my Pinterest cocktail board.

I have to say I am like a magpie, if it’s pretty, bright, sparkly or exotic looking, I am in! I love making these for my friends, we have had great cocktail nights, and I love to start an evening when people are round for dinner with a cocktail as it’s a fun way to start the conversation flowing.

I do have a mocktails board, but sorry this post is all about the alcoholic ones! Think how easy some of these are, yes some look perfect in a beautifully presented glass but you can also batch make some of these so it’s easy for you or your guests to help themselves.

I have broken them down, to ones best to batch for a gathering, A posh one for pre-dinner drinks, two options for girls night in and one if you just want to try and seriously impress! So without further a due, let’s get started!

These First Three Cocktails are great to be made in batches for big gatherings, parties and events!


Coconut Grapefruit Margaritas


  • 4 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces silver tequila
  • 1 tablespoon cream of coconut
  • 1 ounce triple sec of Grand Marnier
  • salt or sugar for rim


Rub a slice of lime around the rim of your glasses and dip in salt or sugar. Combine grapefruit juice, lime juice, tequila, cream of coconut, and triple sec in blender. Pulse for 10-15 seconds or until thoroughly combined. Pour over ice and enjoy!

created by fabulous Courtney and the super stylish blog.

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total time: 20 MINUTES


  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries
  • 2 1/2 ounces of lavender simple syrup (recipe below)
  • a handful of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 1/2 ounce of white rum
  • 1 1/2 ounces of club soda
  • the juice of one lime

lavender simple syrup

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons dried culinary lavender
  • 2 sprigs fresh lavender


Place the blueberries in a small saucepan with 1 tablespoon of water. Heat over medium-low heat until the berries burst and become liquidy. Transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until pureed and smooth. You can strain this mixture through a fine mesh sieve if desired, but I don’t mind any little flecks of blueberry.

Add 2 tablespoons of the blueberry puree in the bottom of the glass. Add the lavender syrup and stir. Add the fresh mint leaves and muddle them in the bottom of the glass. Add ice to the glass, and pour rum, soda and lime juice. Mix with a long spoon or knife and serve with an additional sprig of mint.

lavender simple syrup

Place the sugar, water and lavender in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Whisk until the sugar dissolves, bringing the mixture to a simmer. Cook for 1 minute. Turn off the heat and set the saucepan aside. Let it cool completely. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve to remove the lavender. Store in a sealed container in the fridge!

All images and text ©How Sweet Eats. created by the talented baker and Author Jessica Merchants who runs the blog How sweet eats



Combine together and add a slice of lime and ice if you wish.
*Obviously if batch making you need to up the amounts, you literally place all these together in a jug, and I would leave a bowl of lime slices or lemons slices and extra ice for people to add to their own glasses.

This is very refreshing and super easy to make!

For pre-dinner drinks I recommend this fabulous and beautiful cocktail, think how excited your guests will feel about the night ahead when they receive this as a welcome:

Strawberry Watermelon Pink Peppercorn Tequila Fizz

This Strawberry Watermelon Pink Peppercorn Tequila Fizz is a refreshing tipple to drink for spring and summer! Pink peppercorn (actually a dried berry) adds some spice to the nectarouse strawberry and watermelon juice. The pink peppercorn is soft compared to black peppcorns so they are perfect to garnish whole and will give pops of spice as you eat them.
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  • 2 oz Tequila blanco, I used Pasote
  • 3/4 cup strawberry watermelon pink peppercorn juice (recipe below)
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • 1 egg white from a large egg
  • 1 oz soda water
  • garnish: watermelon slice, pink peppercorns.


Make the pink peppercorn juice, recipe below. Add the first 4 ingredients into a shaker without ice to dry shake for a minute. Add ice and shake. Strain into the glass. Top with soda water. Garnish with watermelon slice (I attached mine with a mini clothes pin) and pink peppercorn.

  • 4 oz strawberries, hauled
  • 4 oz watermelon, rims removed
  • 4 tsps honey
  • 50 pink peppercorn

Directions: Blend all in a blender for 30 seconds. Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Use in the cocktail above.

It’s a stunner, isn’t it! This has been created by the fabulous Craft & Cocktails, do check out her blog and Instagram, I am a huge fan!

Girls night in should be fun & yummy and you can go pretty too!

For these nights I recommend either the gorgeous and refreshing, and who doesn’t love Gin:


Rosemary, Grapefruit & Gin Cocktail

For the rosemary syrup:

  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 sprigs rosemary, leaves stripped and stalks discarded

For your cocktail:

  • 5 fl oz (45ml) London Dry gin (or vodka)
  • 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
  • 1 fl oz (30ml) rosemary syrup
  • Ice
  • Fresh rosemary sprig and pink grapefruit slice to garnish

Yields 1 cocktail.

In a shaker pour gin, grapefruit juice and rosemary syrup. Add a big scoop of ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds, or until the shaker feels icy cold in your hands. Fill a tumbler with ice and pour cocktail from your shaker through a fine mesh strainer into your glass. Garnish with fresh rosemary and pink grapefruit slices.

By the wonderful Kate who runs the fabulous

My other favourite is :



This champagne cocktail gets a unique twist with a simple blackberry and lavender sauce that is super easy but looks stunning! Perfect for entertaining with delicious real ingredients.
 Prep Time 5 minutes
 Cook Time 6 minutes
 Total Time 11 minutes
 Servings 8 servings
 Author Dani Meyer


  • 1 tablespoon lavender flowers dried or fresh
  • 1 cup blackberries fresh or frozen
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • 2 750ml bottles champagne


  1. Boil blackberries, maple syrup and vodka, mashing berries gently as they cook until blackberries are broken down (about 5 minutes). Add lavender flowers (removing from stem if they are fresh) and boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.
  2. Optional: if time permits allow steeping for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days in the fridge.
  3. To serve: pour 1 tablespoon blackberry sauce into a champagne flute, add a stem of fresh lavender and top with chilled champagne.

Voila! How wonderful! This was created by the lovely foodie family Dani & Kevin at their blog the Adventurebite


The one to seriously impress is :




  • 1 bottle of champagne, sparkling wine or rose champagne
  • fresh cotton candy flavour of your choice (you can make your own or buy fresh packaged cotton candy)


1. Pour champagne into glasses about 2/3 full.  Do not fill to the top as you do not want the champagne to touch the cotton candy until people are ready to drink.

Created by Kirbie a food blogger in the USA


I really hope you enjoyed this post if the Bank holiday/Memorial weekend means its cocktail time for you! And if you do make any over the weekend please tag me so I can see!  Would you like me to do this more regularly?, Happy creating my lovelies!

I think you may like my getting ready for summer picks 

Louise xoxo




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