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Tropical Cocktails to Serve in Your Home Garden Bar

Having a home garden bar is the ultimate luxury. It’s the perfect place to entertain your friends and make delicious drinks that you probably wouldn’t get down your local.

A hot UK summer can make you feel like you’re on holiday abroad, so why not go with the flow? Invite your friends round to you home garden bar for a tropical taste test by serving up some cocktails that transport you to the sunny side of the world.

Tropical Cocktails to Serve in Your Home Garden Bar

Before you start, there are some universal staple items ever mixologist should have: lots of ice, a blender, a cocktail shaker, reusable straws, fancy drinking vessels (such as faux coconuts or pineapples) reusable drinks stirrers and a Hawaiian shirt (optional).

Below are some easy tropical cocktail recipes to serve in your home garden bar. Suitable for even the most inexperienced mixologist, most recipes involve no more skill than knowing how to work a blender.

These recipes serve two, but ingredients can easily be doubled to serve four.

Coconut Daiquiri

A tasty treat for coconut-lovers, you’ll impress your guests with this drink that tastes like it takes some serious skill to prepare. 

You will need:

  • 2 glasses full of ice
  • 120 ml cream of coconut
  • 120 ml (4 shots) white rum
  • 50 ml fresh lime juice

Method:

Grab a blender (needs to be strong enough to blend ice) and pour all the ingredients in. Blend until it resembles the texture of a slush drink (or finer if preferred). Serve between two cocktail glasses.

Piña Colada

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This is the drink that never fails to make you think of tropical holidays. Pairing coconut and pineapple, the end result is always a winning one!

You will need:

  • 240 ml pineapple juice
  • 120 ml (4 shots) of white rum
  • 120 ml of coconut cream 
  • 2 glasses full of ice
  • Fresh pineapple (purely for presentation)

Method:

This is another simple one where all ingredients apart from the fresh pineapple should be poured in the blender together. Blend until you have a thick, creamy texture and the ice has mostly disappeared. If you’re out to impress, loop a pineapple ring over the edge of glass.

Blueberry & Coconut Margarita

A fresh twist on the plain old Margarita, by adding blueberry and coconut flavours you can expect an explosion of flavour.

You will need:

  • 120 ml (4 shots) blanco tequila
  • 120 ml lime juice
  • 60 ml blueberry syrup
  • 60 ml coconut cream
  • 2 large glasses full of ice
  • lime wedges and a handful of blueberries (for presentation purposes only)

Method:

Blend everything aside from the fresh fruit until you get a smooth texture. Pour into cocktail glasses, hook the wedge of lime over the rim of the glass and rest a couple of blueberries on the top of the drink, inside the glass.

Dark & Stormy

For those salty sea dogs amongst your friends, where fruity cocktails aren’t their thing, serve up a Dark & Stormy. 

You will need:

  • 120 ml dark rum
  • 60 ml fresh lime juice
  • 240 ml chilled fiery ginger beer
  • ice cubes
  • lime wedge (for presentation)

Pour ingredients into a pitcher over lots of ice, stir and serve between two high ball glasses and enjoy. Garnish with a wedge of lime.

For more decadent and delicious cocktails, check out this article!

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Should You Build a Garden Bar?

Once everything in your house is in order, it’s tempting to look for new projects. It might have crossed your mind to build a garden bar, but you might be unsure of how much use you’d get out of it.

If having a bar in your garden has long been something you’ve dreamed of, then it’s essential you build one that can be used all year round. Although a wooden freestanding bar might be the cheapest to invest in and the quickest to knock together, having an outdoor wooden structure will require some maintenance. There’s also the slight problem that you won’t be able to leave it stocked overnight, as you run the risk of people helping themselves to your impressive collection of bottles.

Instead, consider an outdoor room and get some help to build a garden bar. This might cost a little more than a more basic option you had in mind, but the initial outlay is well worth the use a freestanding, lockable room will get. You can even get garden rooms with toilets these days!

Should you build a garden bar?

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Chances are, if you’ve been considering building a bar in your garden, you’ve probably already decided that you probably will go ahead with your plans.

Just in case you need a little nudge into making a definitive decision about your garden bar, below are some points to consider.

A garden bar is a great place to entertain in

Building a special bar room in your garden can provide an extra sitting room. Whether you’ve invited friends over for cocktails and a film or beers while the football is on, you can entertain loudly while leaving the rest of your household undisturbed.

Keeping your alcohol out of the house can be a great idea

It can be really helpful to keep wines and spirits away from the main house if you have children. It keeps the bottles handily out of sight (and reach) from your unpredictable little ones, meaning they won’t get knocked over by small hands.

It’s also handy to keep them locked out of sight when your kids get older and become thirsty (late) teens, prone to sneaking a sip or two before they go on a night out with their friends. Locking your bottles in your garden will help keep your alcohol supply in tact and discourage any sneaky adult children from diminishing your stock.

A garden room is multipurpose

Just because you built a room with the intention of using it as a garden bar, doesn’t mean you have to solely use it as a garden bar. On nights you’re not entertaining or drinking, you could use it as an extra sitting room. You could even put a desk in there and set up an office to use during the day. 

If you have your bar kitted out with a toilet too, you could keep a foldaway bed in there and host friends overnight.

It’s a great excuse for trying new drinks

cocktails in a wooden garden bar

Let’s face it, it would be really odd to build a garden bar then not bother to stock it. If you’ve ever fancied yourself as a bit of a mixologist, now might be the time to buy all those strange spirits you’ve seen on your travels and stock up on your cocktail ingredients.

You could even invest in some classy-looking cocktail glasses too for a totally exotic experience.

On the off-chance you were on the fence about a garden bar, after reading this I’m certain you’ll have made a decision.

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