Take a look at this selection of delicious summer drinks – they’re perfect to relax with, whatever the weather!
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There are some drinks that just scream summer. Think Pimms and lemonade, or a big fruity cocktail complete with mini parasol. I’ve been taking a look at some of the options around, so you’ll have the perfect serve if the sun ever returns to the UK. And I’ve been sure to pick out some non-alcoholic options as well.
A great big pitcher of Pimms and lemonade is an iconic part of the British summer. It’s practically compulsory to drink it at Wimbledon, and it’s perfect for sharing with friends. But if you’re after an alternative spin on the idea then take a look at Sipsmith’s Original London Cup. It’s inspired by the punch cups that were so popular in 1800s London, when gin was all the rage.
The London Cup is a blend of Earl Grey tea, lemon verbena and borage, with a selection of vermouth, aromatic bitters, and of course the classic Sipsmith London Dry Gin. Grab a large pitcher, pour in Sipsmith Original London Cup and top up with lemonade. Add ice and slices of lemon and you’re ready to head out to the garden!
Or perhaps you prefer sipping a glass of wine in the garden on a summer evening. If so, then I can highly recommend The Dark Horse range of wines.
They’re a brand from Modesto, California, and although you might not have heard of them before, they’re definitely a brand worth checking out. The Dark Horse team is lead by Beth Liston, who grew up around winemaking, and now wants to make reasonably-priced wines that taste ridiculously good. Quite a challenge!
I’ve been taste-testing their Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot wines, and I think the Dark Horse Team have definitely met that challenge. I’m not usually a big fan of Sauv Blanc, it can be a bit too acidic for my taste. This wine has a hint of tartness about it, but the warm California sun means that it’s tempered by a fuller, more fruity flavour. If you’re after a change from the vanilla oakiness of Chardonnay, this is one to try.
But I really, really love their Merlot. I’m careful when choosing reds because cheaper reds give me a banging headache, especially big full-bodied reds like a Merlot. But this one is gorgeous and very drinkable.
It’s smooth, with big jammy berry flavours and without the heavy tannin that many Merlots have. And absolutely no hint of a headache the next morning! I’m definitely thinking of buying a case of this for Christmas celebrations as well.
You can read more about the range on the Dark Horse website. The wines are available from retailers across the UK, and you can even pick them up on Amazon!
A gin and tonic is always a great option for the summer months. But why not mix up the tonic by using something like Fentimans Pink Grapefruit tonic water.
And if you’re thinking of packing up a picnic then Fentimans pre-mixed Blooms and Tonic are so convenient for popping in the picnic basket. They also do a pre-mixed Blooms and Rose Lemonade, which not only tastes delicious but looks very summery too.
Or you could try mixing up your own mocktail using Fentimans Rose Lemonade. Just quarter-fill a champagne flute with chilled pomegranate juice and top up with Fentimans Rose Lemonade, straight from the fridge. A few pomegranate seeds or a raspberry to garnish, and you’re all ready to celebrate.
A pitcher of this is a really good non-alcoholic option for a barbecue or party. Just use 250ml of Pomegranate juice for each 750ml of Rose Lemonade with plenty of ice to keep it chilled.
Fentimans do a fantastic range of soft drinks that are a little out of the ordinary. They’re great to have on hand for non-drinking guests at a party, or just for a long cool drink in the garden. I love the Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger – it’s really sharp and refreshing.
Now, I don’t want to make you feel jealous, but later this week I will be heading off for some sun in Portugal. I’m looking forward to sitting at the beach bar, looking out at the sea with a mojito or caipirinha in my hand.
But if the good weather ever reaches the UK, then any of these drinks would be ideal for toasting the summer sunshine.