Spring has finally sprung and we are certainly looking forward to the long bright evenings. Here at Arbutus Hospitality Northern Ireland, we are starting to plan ahead for those summer weddings with the sun blazing in the sky and everyone spending as much time as they can outside.

Over the last few years, we have seen a growing trend for some cold tasty cocktails especially at weddings, with some couples even opting to make a signature cocktail for their guests and name it after a special memory they share together.

We are certainly in need of a drink that transports you to a shaded veranda overlooking the ocean, where the sun is shining and there are lots of laughter. We’ve got some ultimate summertime classics that will be perfect for the warmest months of the year.

Arbutus Daiquiri


• 2 oz. white rum

• 1/2 tsp. superfine sugar

• 1/2 oz. lime juice


Squeeze the lime into your shaker, stir in the sugar, and then add the rum. Shake well with cracked ice, then strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Arbutus Classic Margarita


• 2 oz. silver tequila

• 1 oz. Cointreau

• 1 oz. lime juice

• coarse salt


Chill a cocktail glass, and then rub its rim with lime juice and dip it in coarse salt. Add tequila, Cointreau, lime juice, and ice together in a cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into the glass over ice.

Arbutus Classic Mojito


• 2 oz. white rum

• .5 oz. lime juice (squeezed fresh)

• 1 tsp. superfine sugar

• 3 mint leaves club soda or seltzer


In a smallish Collins glass, muddle lime juice with 1/2 to 1 tsp. superfine sugar. Add the mint leaves, mushing them against the side of the glass. Fill glass 2/3 with cracked ice and pour in the rum. Pitch in the squeezed-out lime shell and top off with club soda or seltzer.

There you have it, a list of summer cocktails perfect for those long hot evenings.

If you are planning a summer party or simply just having a few guests around and would like some professional help with the preparations. Here at Arbutus Hospitality, our friendly professional staff are on hand to help with all the hard work planning. If you would like to get in contact about packages available please do not hesitate and send us an email on 07818 673339

With the weather predictions this year, bulk up it’s going to be a long hot summer!