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You can’t always rely on the weather to supply the sunshine, which is why food editor Emma Sleight gave cocktail expert Leon Dalloway our special Spirit of Summer drinks range to play with. Shake along with our fun videos and try Leon’s tropical recipes at home


Lime and coconut daiquiri

Put the lime in the coconut to shake up this punchy, Caribbean-inspired cocktail. Made using the exclusive coconut and lime rum from our Spirit of Summer range, this is a great drink to serve alfresco on long summer nights when the sun goes down and the party starts.

You will need
50ml M&S coconut & lime rum
20ml lime juice
15ml sugar syrup
20ml coconut water from our in-store baby coconuts

Top tip: To crack a coconut into perfect halves, hold it over a bowl and firmly hit a line around the centre using the back of a kitchen knife. When you’ve done a full loop, you should be able to pull it apart with your hands.

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Federica fizz

This fresh and fruity drink has just three ingredients, including our sun-soaked Valencian orange liqueur Federica. Just make a bottle of rosemary syrup to keep in the cupboard and you can mix these up in a flash when unexpected guests turn up. Besides, it’ll give you a reason to keep a few bottles of our five-star rated Bellante rosé in the fridge, just in case.

You will need
20ml Federica
10ml homemade rosemary syrup (see recipe below)
100ml Bellante sparkling rosé

Measure all the ingredients into a champagne flute. Give it a stir and garnish with a twist of orange zest and a sprig of rosemary to serve.

Top tip: Make your own rosemary syrup by bringing equal measures of sugar and water to a gentle simmer on the stove, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into a sterilised glass bottle or jar and add a few sprigs of rosemary. Remove the rosemary after four hours when it has infused.

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Piña avocolada

This tall, creamy version of Puerto Rico’s national drink, the piña colada, is even richer (yet slightly healthier) than the original with the addition of half an avocado. A great pre-barbecue aperitif, whip it up in a blender, add a curly straw and sit back and sip – if you close your eyes you can almost pretend you’re on the beach.

You will need
50ml M&S coconut & banana liqueur
1/2 an avocado
50ml cream
Drop of olive oil
10ml lime juice
Cherries to garnish

Top tip: Freeze your glasses before pouring in this summer cocktail cooler – it’ll help keep the avocado mix a pretty pale green and stop the oil and cream from separating.

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Photographer: Victoria Ling / Food stylist: Lauren Owen / Prop stylist: Aliki Kirmitsi / Stylist: Alice Bluer

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