The best bank holiday drinks
Come rain or shine, bank holidays are a great excuse to indulge in a cocktail or two. From flavoured gins to the best prosecco cocktails, we've rounded up our favourite drinks for the occasion.
If you're celebrating the bank holiday, our most popular cocktail recipes are here to make your long weekend even more enjoyable. Not only are they easy to make, there's something for everyone.
Gin is more popular than ever, so it’s a good time to learn some simple serving options to take it to another dimension altogether. Impress your friends by creating your own bespoke batch of gin, then enhance a classic G&T by experimenting with our five flavour twists. You don’t need any fancy equipment for some speedy cocktails – even a jam jar will do as a shaker. It’s all about the love you put into the preparation so try our 10 gin cocktails you can make in minutes.
Vodka makes a beautiful base for cocktails due to its neutral taste. Check out 10 of our vodka cocktails you can make in minutes to impress guests. Or learn how to make flavoured vodka to spice up your home concoctions. Enhance a white russian with chocolate vodka or the savoury flavours of a bloody mary with a celery-infused vodka.
If you’re feeling particularly sophisticated this bank holiday, why not watch our video tutorial on how to mix the perfect cosmopolitan?
Just because it’s a booze-free bank holiday doesn’t mean it can’t be celebrated in style. Whether you’re entertaining kids, prefer a crisp cordial, lemonade or refreshing mocktail – we have just the right drinks for you. It can be a challenge to inject soft drinks with the same amount of sparkle as their alcoholic equivalents, but we have some tips to ensure teetotallers don’t miss out.
Check out our non-alcoholic drinks collection for alcohol-free punches, mulled drinks, spritzers, smoothies and more.
Master the technique of taking the neutral base of a white spirit such as gin, vodka or rum, and infusing it with matching herbs, fruit and spices. Use seasonal ingredients such as rhubarb or elderflower to make impressive spirits that taste lovely in different cocktails.
Flavouring your own alcohol isn’t an exact science – this relatively simple process requires creativity, a Kilner jar and not much else. Follow the simple steps in our flavoured spirits guide and find further inspiration in our flavoured spirit recipes collection.
Prosecco and champagne cocktails
Prosecco tends to be slightly sweeter than champagne and is much more affordable, so it’s ideal for creating cocktails. It balances sharp ingredients like citrus, rounds off harsh edges of clear spirits, and adds a splash of fizz to your favourite fruit liqueur. Watch this video for more inspiration on how to make next-level prosecco cocktails. And if you’re feeling classy, why not treat yourself to a bottle of the finest? With our vast selection of champagne cocktails, there’s a drink for every mood and any occasion.
If you're feeling optimistic about the weather, get yourself geared up for some delicious punch recipes. If you're looking for a light punch to kick off your bank holiday weekend, we've got 10 of the finest summer punch recipes you can make in minutes that are fabulously fruity and will help you beat the heat.