Shaken & Stirred: Cocktail Recipes to Try Today

While most of us are getting early morning road rage, stuck in traffic on the way to the office, some people are waking up to another day at probably one of the best jobs ever. I know, I know – it’s not a nice thought is it?

But right up there with a chocolate taster or a round-the-world travel blogger, a professional cocktail making role is definitely one we’d consider retraining for. I mean, how good would that be?

And these two ladies (pictured below) are literally living our dream. Brenda and Jenny run The Vintage Cocktail Company – a mobile drinks-making service you can hire for events. With a love of all things retro, they turn up to your party kitted out in vintage gear and ready to whip you up a variety of delicious cocktails. Sounds great, doesn’t it?

Well today, they’re here on the My Appliances blog! Sharing three of their favourite summer cocktail recipes, Brenda and Jenny took a little time away from their vintage cocktail cart to fill us and you in on all the ingredients you’ll need to ensure your Bank Holiday get-together is one of your best yet – enjoy!


Strawberry and Kiwi Mojito



4 ripe strawberries, sliced
1 kiwi fruit, sliced
8 mint leaves
45ml  rum
15ml strawberry liqueur
15ml strawberry & kiwi syrup
10ml lime juice

Soda water

To Make:

* Start by layering half the strawberries, kiwi & mint with ice in a hi-ball glass or Kilner jar
* Now, place the remaining fruit and mint into the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle with the strawberry & kiwi syrup
* Add a good handful of ice, as well as the rum, strawberry liqueur and lime juice to the cocktail shaker. Shake hard for 20 seconds (we know you’ve been waiting for this bit!)
* Strain into the prepared glass and top with the soda water

* Finally, garnish with a sprig of mint and half a strawberry – serve and enjoy!


30ml limoncello
Scoop of lemon sorbet

To Make:

* Begin by adding the limoncello and lemon sorbet to a chilled flute glass and gently mix together
* Top with chilled Prosecco, continuing to stir slowly
* Garnish with a Marguerite flowerhead, serve and enjoy.

St Germain & Pineapple Cosmo


30ml vodka
30ml St Germain elderflower liqueur
15ml lime juice
45ml pressed pineapple juice

To Make:

*Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake hard for around 20 seconds
* Double strain into a chilled martini glass, before garnishing with a thinly sliced wedge of pineapple and some pineapple leaf. Now serve and enjoy!

So if you’re throwing a barbecue or summer soiree over the Bank Holiday weekend, make sure you head to the alcohol aisle of your nearest supermarket and stock up. Move over, G&T – ours is most definitely a St Germain and Pineapple Cosmo – yum!

Want to know more about The Vintage Cocktail Company? Of course you do! Make sure you head over to

Oh, and if you’re throwing a barbecue this summer, take a look around the My Appliances blog – we’ve put together loads of handy articles to ensure your do goes with a bang.

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