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Shaken and stirred: six of the best summer cocktails


It’s in the mix at the museum

They’ve got mixing down to an art at the award-winning Tack Room restaurant and bar at the National Horse Racing Museum. They’ll mix you a cocktail and add a cultural twist courtesy of Funk up the Yard, a special event taking place on selected Fridays until September. Browse the stellar works of art now on show by world-renowned names including Banksy and Tracey Emin before heading to the courtyard to twizzle your cocktail stick and listen to the resident DJ mixing tunes.

Selected Fridays until 15 September. Exhibition open 6pm-8pm, The Tack Room remains open until 9pm, tickets cost £7 and are available on the night.

Early doors at The Pantry

You know they take brunch seriously at all-day eatery The Pantry when you see that bacon and egg comes in the shape of a whisky sour. This unique tipple features Talisker 10yo, fresh orange juice, bacon syrup, orange bitters, and egg whites. If that sounds a little hard core for so early in the day, you could always opt for a Bloody Mary or Bucks Fizz. They’re all certain to elevate a slice of toast and jam.

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 Meet Hugo at The Graze Kitchen

Never mind an Aperol Spritz, what about a Hugo Spritz? The Graze Kitchen can serve up either before you dig into one of their moreish sharing boards. But for something different, try the Hugo. It’s based on elderflower liqueur and comes with a tangy lime garnish. Other intriguing recipes on the list include a Garibaldi Fizz – Campari and San Pellegrino Aranciata served over ice – or how about an Emily Rose? Decisions, decisions, we could be here all night…

Cocktails in the sun

Berry tasty at Bedford Lodge

Chambord, vodka, lemon juice and sugar syrup, topped off with an egg-free foamer. That’s what goes into a lipsmacking glass of Chambord Sour, the ‘Cocktail of the Month’ this August at Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa. They top it off with a plump fresh blackberry to complement the rich berry flavours at the heart of the delicious liqueur from the Loire Valley in France. But then we’d expected no less a sophisticated offering from the Roxana Bar at this chic hotel.

Timeless tipples at The Three Blackbirds

Where better to sip an Old Fashioned – bourbon lightly sweetened with sugar and aromatic bitters – than beneath the thatched roof of charming country pub The Three Blackbirds. Yet, this 17th-century hostelry in Woodditton isn’t stuck in the past. They mix a mean Cosmopolitan here and Espresso and Pornstar Martinis are also on the menu.

Do your homework at Poets House

Fancy learning the art of the mixologist? Sign up for a Cocktail Masterclass at Poets House in Ely and you could soon be expertly shaking and stirring martinis and mojitos at home. But don’t wait for class to begin, there’s no time like the present to start your studies. And with cocktails such as a Lynchburg Lemonade and a Japanese Slipper on the menu here, there’s clearly much to learn.