I promise I will stop telling you how lovely Willington Hall is, really I will, but check out these cocktails first! If you can’t pop along and enjoy the sunset on the terrace, at least you could try recreating some of these beauties at home! Deborah shook up a storm and sent us off into the garden with a tray of delights!
10 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, cut into 4 wedges
2 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
5 or 6 ice cubes
1 shot of rum
120ml soda water
Place mint leaves and 1 of the lime wedges into a tall glass. Smash or crush the mint and lime to release the mint oils and lime juice. Add 2 more lime wedges and the sugar, and crush again to release the lime juice. Do not strain the mixture. Fill the glass almost to the top with ice. Pour the rum over the ice, and fill the glass with soda water. Stir, taste and add more sugar if desired. Garnish with the remaining lime wedge.
15ml orange liqueur
squeeze fresh lime juice
25ml/1fl oz cranberry juice
twist of orange, to garnish
Place the vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake hard and then strain into a coupe glass or small Martini glass.
Pimms Ginger Cocktail
¼ cup Pimm’s No. 1
¾ cup ginger ale
Sliced strawberry and apple
Place ice cubes in a tall glass, add sliced fruit. Pour in Pimms and ginger ale. Garnish prettily!
We had the most wonderful break at Willington Hall and I can’t recommend it enough!
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