The families of an up-and-coming band who were tragically killed in Sweden are asking pubs and bars in Warrington and beyond to get mixing in their memory.

The members of Viola Beach, Kris Leonard, 20, River Reeves, 19, Jack Dakin, 19, Tomas Lowe, 27, and their manager Craig Tarry, 32, all died in a car crash near Stockholm on February 13.

Family members are now raising funds for a permanent memorial in Warrington Town Centre and want pubs and bars to sell Viola Beach Tea to help the cause.

The cocktail was created by Dead Eye's in Warrington and the recipe is available for other venues to replicate.

Dead Eye's is selling the cocktail for £5 and donating £2 from each sale to the Viola Beach and Craig Tarry Memorial Fund. The families want other pubs to do the same.

A letter from the family was sent to pubs in the area this week.

It states: "The memorial, once commissioned, will mark the musical impact Viola Beach and their manager made on the town. It will also provide an opportunity for everyone in the town to reflect on what might have been for the band and their manager and provide inspiration for us all. Believe in your dreams and anything is possible."

The cocktails are part of a wider fundraising drive taking part across the country, which included a memorial concert at Warrington's Parr Hall on Saturday. It was the date Viola Beach had been due to play a homecoming gig.

To donate to the cause visit www.warrington.gov.uk/violabeach

Viola Beach Tea Ingredients

25ml Agwa
25ml Gin
25ml Sugar syrup
50ml Pineapple juice
35ml Orange juice
25ml Cranberry
15ml Grenadine
Dash Blue Curacao

 

 

Method

Step 1 Pour the grenadine in to a Highball/Sling glass then add crushed or cubed ice

Step 2 Add all the other ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain slowly into the glass over the ice and grenadine.

Step 3 Stir slowly until a sunset effect forms at the bottom of the glass.

Step 4 Finally add a dash of Blue Curacao to the side of the drink and garnish with 3 pineapple leaves, orange peel and an umbrella.