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Two incredible cocktails you NEED to make at your summer soirée

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Summer is always a great excuse to throw a cocktail party - hopefully, al fresco! It's the season to get your friends round and have a proper catch-up but there's often a lot to think about when preparing a summer soirée. From nibbles to full-on food (lighting up the BBQ is always a hit), there's also the decor and which cocktails to shake and stir. The good news is, we've got two classic cocktails recipes that are super simple to make and always please a willing crowd. 

espresso martini

First up, we have the espresso martini! This recipe is a little different to others you'll find online as it includes maple syrup - yum!  This one is a delicious twist on a classic... 

Espresso Martini recipe 


  • 50ml Black Cow Vodka
  • 40ml Lavazza Tierra fresh, cooled coffee
  • 15ml maple syrup


  1. Shake hard over ice and serve in a martini glass. Garnish with 3 coffee beans. 

Next up, you can't go wrong with a Moscow Mule - and is the perfect refreshing cocktail for a BBQ.


Moscow Mule recipe


This simple but delicious cocktail was created by food writer, Aimee Twigger.

  • Fill a glass or copper mug with ice
  • Black Cow Vodka
  • Ginger Beer 
  • Limes  
  • Fresh Mint


  1. Rub the mint to release oils and add to the ice.
  2. Next add one measure of vodka, top up with ginger beer and lime juice from half a lime and muddle together.
  3. Add more mint and a slice of lime and enjoy. 

We suggest serving the deliciously gingery, minty fresh Moscow Mules throughout the afternoon and then whipping up some aromatic Espresso Martinis come evening when you're guests may need a little extra boost of energy (read: caffeine).

Just remember to have lots of ice stocked for the Moscow Mules and to have cooled coffee on standby for the Espresso Martinis.

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