Sipping a well-dosed Old Fashioned in front of the fire is quite lovely, but summer is undoubtedly the time when cocktails really come into their own. Perhaps it’s because we feel just that little bit more relaxed – and freer somehow – meaning that you can be confident enough to whip up a cocktail or two without having to be an expert mixologist…

summer cocktail

So here’s to having fun with summer cocktails – and our edit of all the most essential (read: interesting, exciting, new and different) bits and bobs you might need to make them. From carry-on cocktail kits (ideal if you’re slumming it with Ryanair) and drinks dispensers for chic picnics to fruity liqueurs for perfect punches and super cool readymade mixes, this is all you need to get the party well and truly started.

best new gin 2015

Audemus Spirits Umami Gin 

Gin Lane 1751 Victoria Pink Gin

Audemus Spirits Pink Pepper Gin 

Molecular Cocktail Kit

Molecular Cocktail Mixology Kit

Lucca Liquor Tumblers

Lucca Liquor Tumbler Colbalt

Lucca Liquor Tumbler Rosa

Lucca Liquor Tumbler Verde

premixed luxury cocktails

Mr Lyan Diamond Rickey

The Vintage Negroni Cocktail

Mr Lyan Rainy Day Spritz

Homemade Gin Kit

Mason Shaker Homemade Gin Kit

Riedel Happy O Giftset

Riedel Happy O Giftset

Monthly Craft Cocktail Subscription Tipple Box

Monthly Craft Cocktail Subscription Tipple Box

summer cocktail essentials

kate spade new york “Break The Ice” Cooler Bag

Alexandra von Fürstenberg Cocktail Tray Green

Pink Wine Corkcicle

summer liqueurs

Daylesford Plum Liqueur

Gabriel-Boudier Pomegranate Liqueur

Daylesford Blackcurrant LiqueurWaterford Mixology Champagne Coupe Glasses

Waterford Mixology Champagne Coupe Glasses

summer spirits

Bitter Truth Apricot Brandy 

Sipsmith Summer Cup

Regal Rogue Rosso

Mojito Kit

Mojito R-Evolution Molecular Mixology Set

picnic cocktails

Acrylic Rainbow Cocktail Shaker

Wicker Wine Carrier with 4 Wine Glasses

Floral Drink Dispensertravel cocktail sets

Six Piece Mini Martini Cocktail Set

Carry On Cocktail Kit

plastic cocktail glasses

Tropical Party Bright Cocktail Glasses

summer vodka rum

Ciroc Pineapple Flavoured Vodka

Mahiki Coconut Flavoured Rum 

Ciroc Coconut Flavoured Vodka