Cocktail hour!

cocktail masterclass
Residents shake it up with a cocktail masterclass

Belmore Lodge residents took a master class in making cocktails and alcohol-free mocktails making before holding their very own ‘beach’ party.

They learned the ropes from barman Daniel Rios at The Haven bar at Lymington’s Yacht Haven marina.
Daniel created the drinks based on residents’ suggestions and flavours inspired by the Belmore Lodge gardens.

Activities Organiser Claire Fryer said: “He asked them about Belmore Lodge and learned how much they love the lavender in our gardens so he created a gin-based cocktail with lavender oil and blueberries which they really enjoyed.”

Belmore Lodge Home Manager Janie Pearman with Haven staff Isabella Springett, Dan Rios and Ellie McIntosh serving residents Chushan Camm and Janette Banks.

Belmore Lodge Home Manager Janie Pearman with Haven staff Isabella Springett, Dan Rios and Ellie McIntosh serving residents Chushan Camm and Janette Banks.

Mocktail suggestions resulted in a blend of cranberry juice, cucumber and mint.

Rob Smith, who owns The Haven bar with the TV and radio presenter Chris Evans, said: “This is the first time we have hosted a party of care home residents and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves.”
Staff and residents later recreated the drinks for a party in Belmore Lodge’s beach-themed sensory ‘sun cove’.

Enjoying drinks in the Belmore Lodge sun cove

Enjoying drinks in the Belmore Lodge sun cove

To watch a video of the cocktail and mocktail-making, visit our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/coltencare.

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