Cocktail hour

To celebrate World Cocktail Day on 13th May, mix up one of these cool cocktails using spirits produced at some of our favourite local distilleries. Come and sample more local spirits, beers, ciders and wines at our new Warner’s store in Upton-upon-Severn, opening on 26th May…


6 O’Clock Gin: The Bee’s Knees

A dainty little cocktail that pairs the smoothness of honey with tart lemon and the botanical complexity of 6 O’Clock Gin


2 parts 6 O’Clock London Dry Gin

1 part fresh lemon Juice

1 tsp honey

Method: shake the gin, lemon and honey in a shaker, along with a handful of ice (you may find that a dash of hot water helps ‘loosen’ the honey). Strain the mixture into a cocktail glass – the fancier the better!

Garnish: a piece of lemon peel or some (edible) flowers from your garden.




Chase Distillery: Elderflower & Apple Collins

Enjoy Bank Holiday drinks with this long cocktail inspired by the flavours of local hedgerows


25ml Chase Hedgerow Elderflower Gin

50ml cloudy apple juice

Juice of half a lemon

Soda water top

Method: combine all ingredients in a highball glass with cubed ice and stir well.

Garnish: a slice of apple and cucumber.

Penrhos Spirits: Dry Gin Mojito

Recreate this classic cocktail using the finest spirits distilled from Herefordshire’s award-winning distillery


50ml Penrhos London Dry Gin

Soda water

2 tsp caster sugar

1 lime

10 mint leaves

Method: add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker and muddle together to release the flavours. Pour over ice, top up with soda, stir well.

Garnish: wedge of lime and sprigs of mint.


Wildjac Distillery: BBC (Botanical, Basil, Cucumber)

Combining sweet and savoury flavours from the garden, this  cocktail brings you back to nature


25ml Wildjac Botanical Gin

100ml tonic water

3 cucumber slices

3 basil leaves

½ tbsp sugar

lime juice (to taste)

½ cup crushed ice

Method: roll two basil leaves together, slicing them into smaller pieces. Add sugar to a glass, along with Wildjac Botanical Gin, stirring well until dissolved. Add two cucumber slices and the sliced basil leaves, muddle 5-10 times. Add lime juice to taste and top with crushed ice and tonic water.

Garnish: with cucumber and a basil leaf.

Cotswold Distillery: Caipirotswold

Just the perfect refreshing drink on a sunny day, no fuss and bursting with fresh grapefruit zest


60ml Cotswolds Dry Gin

10ml sugar syrup

4 wedges of grapefruit

Method: muddle wedges of grapefruit in a shaker tin, transfer into rocks glass, add gin and sugar, stir, add crushed ice and lift grapefruit through the ice and serve.

Garnish: with grapefruit wedges.