Cocktails with Kate: the Merry Mixologist

Think you know cocktails?  

Meet Hayley Buckle, whose online mixology tutorials brought solace and cheer to hundreds of people in Petersfield and further afield on Friday nights during lockdown.  

Hayley riffs on rum with Kate Fairweather and conjures up the Caribbean to her kitchen for their friend, Simon Stanley.  Ever considerate, she even recommends a refreshingly light version! Could we ask for more? 

Simon Stanley enjoys the taste of the Caribbean, thanks to Hayley Buckle’s mixing skills

Two versions of the Pina Colada, a Caribbean classic

The classic Pina Colada

  • 50 ml premium white rum
  • 2 bar spoons (tea spoons) caster sugar
  • 75 ml pineapple
  • 35 ml coconut milk
  • ice

Put all ingredients into the Nutri-bullet (or blender) for a couple of minutes. You’re looking for something like a slush puppy in terms of consistency…if you remember those!

Pour into a milkshake glass. Decorate with two pineapple leaves and a triangular piece of coconut (see below, rather lovely example). 

The classic version

A refreshingly light (healthy alternative) Pina Colada

  • 50 ml premium white rum
  • 3-4 cubes of fresh pineapple
  • 2 spoons caster sugar
  • 75 ml pineapple juice
  • 35 ml coconut water
  • shake in cocktail shaker
  • cubed ice

Crush 3 or 4 cubes of fresh pineapple in the bottom of a cocktail shaker.

Add sugar and muddle together.  Add pineapple juice, coconut water and shake. 

Strain over over crushed ice into a milkshake glass.

Get in touch!

Do you mix a mean cocktail and have a story to tell? Get in touch yourself, or nominate a friend to share Cocktails with Kate from 6 o’clock on Fridays.  Email 

Cocktails with Kate: the charismatic croupier

Special guest on Kate Fairweather’s Friday show on Shine Radio, Liss live wire Simon Stanley trained as a croupier in London before heading to Miami at the tender age of 18, where he spent three years working as a croupier on board cruise liners in and around the Caribbean in the 1980s and early 1990s.

Simon was occasionally required to abandon black tie for a tropical shirt and help out at one of the half dozen cocktail bars on board ship.

Simon Stanley in 1991, leaning casually against a cruise ship rail, wearing a loud tropical print shirt.
Simon relaxing on board ship in 1991, wearing a fashionable tropical shirt.

Naturally exuberant, he learned to juggle glasses and ice cubes, throw bottles and generally put on a proper show for a crowded bar. This is cocktail making as pure entertainment…

Stock photo of five vividly coloured cocktails with crushed ice and multicoloured straws, with male barman behind with folded arms.
Cocktails on cruiseships have a distinctly theatrical quality. (Image by James Riess from Pixabay)

After three months of lockdown, spent channelling his energy into cycling, a super fit Simon wows Shine Radio’s Kate Fairweather with tales from on board cruise ships, pays tribute to his all-time-favourite, the piña colada, and explains why cocktails should be integral to all our lives.

Simon Stanley in sunglasses smiling in Kate Fairweather's garden.
Fighting fit from lockdown, Simon is still keen on cocktails, less so on the “Del-boy umbrellas”…

Cocktails as cabaret, eh? It’s a far cry from the diplomatic role of cocktails in the Royal Navy – which we heard about from retired Vice Admiral David Dobson a few months ago.

Get in touch!

Do you mix a mean cocktail and have a story to tell? Get in touch yourself, or nominate a friend to share Cocktails with Kate from 6 o’clock on Fridays.  Email