Traditional cocktails still reign most popular according to Swindon mixologist

By Claire Dukes - 2 April 2019

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  • Natalie Skinner

    Natalie Skinner

The results of a new survey have surprised a Swindon-based mixologist after discovering that when it comes to cocktails, more people prefer classic to kooky.

  • Elsie Road

    Elsie Road

After conducting a survey at the Westonbirt House Wedding Show, the owner of a caravan cocktail bar has discovered people's instilled love for signature classics, as opposed to kooky new trends.

Natalie Skinner, owner of the Swindon-based Elsie Road, says she was surprised by the results which revealed that more than half of the survey participants preferred a traditional cocktail mix to a new blend.

Natalie said: "The results of the survey were surprising. They show that when it comes to cocktails, most guests are ignoring the craze for new flavours by sticking to the traditional cocktails we all know and love.

"But that doesn't mean that guests are not happy to take full advantage of the skills of our resident molecular mixologists who constantly create new signature cocktails, by adding their own individual slant to an old favourite."

Since its inception, the converted teardrop caravan bar has become a popular guest weddings, business parties and hen parties. Natalie added: "Elsie Road is proving to be a big hit with brides-to-be wanting to give their hen night or wedding day guests a truly personal cocktail service. Of course, we offer our signature traditional cocktails, but can accommodate those guests wanting something little different as our mixologists will add an individual twist.

"Not just an amazing addition to wedding celebrations, Elsie Road is perfect for all kinds of events from corporate hospitality to celebrity private events. We were thrilled when Amanda Holden booked us for one of her parties."

Make your own - the Elsie Road Pink Grapefruit Margarita


  • 50ml Tequila
  • 25ml Cointreau
  • Lime
  • Grapefruit Syrup
  • Grenadine
  • Pink Himalayan Salt


  1. Wet the rim of a glass with a cut piece of grapefruit. Pour some salt on a plate and dip the wet rim into the salt (only half way around the glass). Fill the glass with ice.
  2. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice then add the tequila, grapefruit Monin, Grenadine, lime juice, and simple syrup. Shake until cold then strain into the prepared glass.
  3. Add grapefruit to garnish and top with grapefruit juice to taste.


Elsie Road is currently offering a masterclasses in cocktail making for £20 per person, with Brides being taught for free. To book Elsie Road for your wedding celebrations or for your next party or corporate event visit:

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