Stylish garden drinks trolleys for happy hour on the patio

Cheers to the sunshine to come with the best garden bar carts.

Garden drinks trolleys

by Angela Kenny |

If you don't have the space or budget for a garden shed bar, the trusty drinks trolley is the next best thing. Portable, compact, and trendy, a garden bar cart will help create a party-perfect atmosphere for hosting and entertaining friends, as well as lounging in the summer sun.

And if you want to make your garden spring clean more enjoyable, having a garden drinks trolley by your side will only get you more excited for the hot weather to come. Clearing cobwebs from garden furniture, mowing the lawn, and de-weeding the patio - it's all thirsty work. When the job is done, you can kick back with a cocktail in hand. Talk about rewarding!

We've picked out 10 of the best garden drinks trolleys to make you the hostess with the most-est, and included some cheeky drink recipes to get you started.

The best drinks trolleys for your garden

Alfresco Rattan Outdoor Bar Drinks Trolley

Alfresco Rattan Outdoor Bar Drinks Trolley

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Rack 'em up You donu2019t need beer goggles to see how stunning this Alfresco Rattan Outdoor Trolley is. Whether popping out for a midday mocktail or a summer sundowner, do it in style with a two-tier design, and racks to hold wine bottles or glasses steady. Size: 46 x 89 x 76cm. Features: Two-tiers with six compartments to house wine bottles or glasses. Colours: Black and brown rattan effect.

Novogratz Penelope Outdoor/Indoor Cart

Novogratz Penelope Bar Serving Cart

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Wine not? Whatever time is wine ou2019clock in your garden, you can rely on this Novogratz Penelope Cart, with smooth moves and two locking castors, to deliver. Size: 49 x 77.7 x 60.9cm. Features: Two slatted shelves. Colours: Aqua Haze, Grey, Red Persimmon, or Yellow.

Dorel Novogratz Barbie Bar Cart

Dorel Novogratz Barbie Bar Cart

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Raise your spirits With two black glass shelves and two large wheels, this Novogratz Barbie Bar Cart will serve up your fave tipple with style wherever you are in your garden. Size: 48.2 x 76.2 x 60.9cm. Features: Two glass shelves. Colours: White.

Cosco Folding Serving/Bar Cart

Cosco Folding Serving/Bar Cart
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Worth a shot Light but sturdy, with more colours available, this Cosco Folding Serving/Bar Cart is ideal for smaller spaces. The perfect drinking partner, itu2019ll hold your drinks all night long, then folds up flat for easy storage. Size: 49 x 83.8 x 85cm. Features: Two metal shelves, foldable. Colours: White, Ruby Red, or Sand Brown.

Galaxy Garden Drinks Trolley

Galaxy Garden Drinks Trolley

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Pitcher perfect Theyu2019ll be no crying over spilled wine with this eucalyptus wood Galaxy Drinks Trolley with a bottle holder plus space for nibbles. Size: 55 x 82 x 79cm. Features: Two shelves and a drinks holder. Colours: Painted in contrasting blue and grey wash.

Hykkon Enrique Bar Serving Cart

Hykkon Enrique Bar Serving Cart

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Jolly trolley Sturdy wheels and handles make this solid wood Enrique Bar Serving Cart easy to steer around your garden, while the bottle holder and removable top tray ensure service with a smile. Size: 56 x 105 x 78cm. Features: Two wooden shelves, drinks holder, and removable top tray. Colours: Solid wood.

Swoon Aero Bar Trolley

Swoon Aero Bar Trolley

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Straight up Weu2019re drunk in love with this neat powder-coated steel Swoon Aero Bar Trolley. Size: 40 x 75 x 40cm. Features: Two fixed shelves. Colours: Matte Black.

Habitat Nordic Spring Trolley

Habitat Nordic Spring Trolley

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With a Scandi twist A handwoven, rattan curtain encloses the sides of this Habitat Nordic Spring Trolley with a wine-glass rail, lockable castors, and removable legs for easy storage. Size: 57.5 x 87 x 90.5cm. Features: Two wide shelves with integral rail. Colours: Grey.

White Aluminium Outdoor Drinks Trolley

White Aluminium Outdoor Drinks Trolley

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Sip sip hooray! When itu2019s time to celebrate with gin and tonics all around, let this powder-coated White Aluminium Outdoor Drinks Trolley do the legwork for you. Features: Two shelves. Colours: White or Gunmetal.

Round Drinks Trolley

Round Drinks Trolley

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Give it a whirl Keep the refreshments flowing with this powder-coated steel Round Drinks Trolley with space up top for pouring and serving and a lower tier for storing mixers and ice. Size: 40 x 79 x 42cm. Features: Two shelves. Colours: Forest Green or Carbon.

Garden-themed drink recipes

You've got the garden drinks trolley, now you need some scrummy drink recipes to serve friends and family on your patio and show off your skills. If you happen to have a flourishing garden, you might even find a few of these ingredients growing right under your nose.

Sunshine lemonade

Ingredients (serves 4)

✽ 3 lemons, zest and juice

✽ 75g caster sugar

✽ 450ml boiling water

✽ 300ml chilled still or sparkling water

✽ Ice and lemon slices, to serve

What to do

1 Add the zest to a food processor along with the sugar and blitz well.

2 Empty the lemon-sugar mixture into a bowl and add the lemon juice and 450ml of boiling water. Stir to dissolve.

3 Once cooled, strain the mixture into a large jug. Top up the jug with the still or sparkling water and serve with ice and a slice of lemon.

Sunshine lemonade in the garden
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Shooting Star-tini

Ingredients (serves 1)

✽ 4 ice cubes

✽ 60ml good quality vodka

✽ 20ml blue curaçao

✽ 85ml ice-cold pineapple juice

✽ Slice carambola (star fruit)/ lemon-dipped apple

What to do

1 Put the ice cubes in a shaker and shake until they break. Add the vodka and blue curaçao to the shaker.

2 Pour the pineapple juice into a glass.

3 Sieve the vodka/blue curacao into the glass.

4 Garnish with a slice of carambola or a slice of apple, cut into a star shape with a cookie cutter, and dipped into lemon juice to prevent the fruit from turning brown.

Raspberry liqueur
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Get-the-party-started raspberry liqueur

Ingredients (makes 1.5L)

✽ 375g raspberries

✽ 175g caster sugar

✽ 1L gin or vodka

What to do

1 Sterilise a 1.5L jar or preserving bottle by washing it in hot, soapy water. Rinse then place it in an oven at 140°C and allow it to dry completely.

2 Add the raspberries and caster sugar to the jar then add the gin or vodka. Seal the jar then invert a few times until the sugar dissolves.

3 Store the jar in a cool, dark place, turn every day for one week then leave for three weeks without turning.

4 Strain the mixture through a sieve and decant into a large bottle. It will last for up to a year although it may lose some of its vivid pink colour after a couple of months. Store in a cool, dark place.

5 Serve over ice with fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint. For a longer drink, top up with tonic or sparkling water, or lemonade.

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