Mixes of the season

Bartender Joshua O’Connor,  of Social and Cocktail Events, makes Mother’s Love – ideal for Mothers’ Day.
Bartender Joshua O’Connor, of Social and Cocktail Events, makes Mother’s Love – ideal for Mothers’ Day.

Customer cocktail ideas for those early-year occasions

A MOVE to entertaining  at home has been one of the main drinks trends of recent years, especially since the recession hit home.
But there are signs that folks still  want big nights in to be a bit special. Take-home sales of premium spirits and cocktail ingredients have been increasing.
We asked one of Scotland’s leading events cocktail companies – Social and Cocktail Events  – to suggest cocktails (recipes and instructions)  that capture the spirit of spring occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mothers’ Day and Easter but should be easy enough  for consumers to make at home and, therefore, ideal for retailers to suggest.
Expert bartender Joshua O’Connor created Passionpolitan for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Love for Mothers’ Day and Chocolate Russian for Easter.
Social and Cocktail Events  supplies mobile cocktail bars, cocktail bartenders, glassware and cocktails for events including hen parties, birthdays, corporate launches, weddings and house parties. If you’re interested in running an in-store cocktail event or an event for a local gala or other occasion you can find out more at www.socialandcocktail.co.uk

To contact the company:
Phone  01416119131
Email  events@socialandcocktail.co.uk


25ml Vodka
12.5ml Cointreau
50ml – Passion fruit Juice
1 Passion Fruit
Martini Glass

Add the vodka and Cointreau to a Boston cocktail shaker.
Using a bar spoon, remove the pulp from half a passion fruit and add to the shaker. Fill the shaker up with ice. Shake for 15 seconds.
Strain the cocktail into a martini glass.
Add  passion fruit as garnish.


Mother’s love

25ml Gin
5 strawberries
5 raspberries
Top with Prosecco
Champagne flute

Using a muddler, crush the strawberries and raspberries into a puree.
Pour the puree into a champagne flute.
Using a bar spoon, layer the gin on top of the puree. Finally, layer the prosecco on the top of the mixture.


Chocolate Russian

25 ml Vodka
25ml Tia Maria
75ml Milk
1 spoon of chocolate powder
Rocks glass

Add the vodka, Tia Maria, milk and chocolate powder to a Boston cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 –15 seconds. Fill a rocks glass with ice. Strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice-filled glass. Garnish the drink with a dusting of chocolate powder.