Cocktail raises funds for memorial to band killed in car crash

Viola Beach

A Cheshire bar has created a cocktail to help raise funds in memory of the members of the band Viola Beach who were killed in a car crash in Sweden in February.

Dead Eye’s Cocktail Bar in Warrington is selling The Viola Beach Tea for £5, donating £2 from each sale to the Viola Beach and Craig Tarry Memorial Fund.

It is urging other bars to offer the cocktail and raise money for the fund set up by the families of Kris Leonard, 20, River Reeves, 19, Jack Dakin, 19, Tomas Lowe, 27, and their manager Craig Tarry, 32.

It is one of many fundraising activities taking place both locally and nationally until the end of September to raise funds for a permanent memorial in Warrington town centre for the Warrington-based band.

Like the boys and their music, the cocktail is described as “dreamy, light on its feet, great to look at and packs a punch”.

The Viola Beach Tea
25ml Agwa De Bolivia
25ml Gin
25ml Sugar syrup
50ml Pineapple juice
35ml Orange juice
25ml Cranberry
15ml Grenadine
Garnish: Blue curaçao
Pour the grenadine into a highball/sling glass and add crushed or cubed ice. Add all the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain slowly into the glass over the ice and grenadine. Stir slowly until a sunset effect forms at the bottom of the glass. Add a dash of Blue Curacao to the side of the drink and garnish with three pineapple leaves, orange peel and an umbrella.

Viola Beach Tea

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Donate by paying directly into the dedicated bank account:
sort code: 01 09 17
account number: 63255642

Donate by cash or cheque, in person, at Warrington Town Hall Reception, Sankey Street, WA1 1UH. (Cheques should be made payable to Warrington Borough Council.)

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