My Pick of Summer Drinks PLUS a Fentimans Giveaway

This selection is perfect for relaxed summer drinking, if the summer ever really arrives. And you can also win a selection of delicious Fentimans drinks in my fab summer giveaway.

This selection is perfect for relaxed summer drinking, if the summer ever really arrives. And you can also win a selection of delicious Fentimans drinks in my fab summer giveaway. #review

Contains PR samples

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.

Dark Horse are Californian winemakers that are definitely worth checking out.

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!

Fentimans range of pre-mixed gin drinks are a great option to have on hand for a summer picnic

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.

My Fentimans Rose Lemonade and Pomegranate Mocktail

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.

The Fentimans range of soft drinks are a refreshing choice for summer

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 sun ever reaches the UK, then how would you like to be toasting it with one of Fentimans’ delicious soft drinks. The guys at Fentimans have kindly offered to send one lucky SallyAkins.com reader a selection of their delicious soft drinks, and you could win it in my free competition.



It’s really easy to enter the competition – simply log into the Rafflecopter below and answer the quick question below. There are also additional social media entries that you can take advantage of to boost your chance of winning. The giveaway is open to UK readers only, and will close at 11.59pm BST on 30th August 2017.

The question you need to answer to enter the competition is: What is your favourite summer drink?

Good luck!

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This selection is perfect for relaxed summer drinking, if the summer ever really arrives. And you can also win a selection of delicious Fentimans drinks in my fab summer giveaway.Click through to SallyAkins.com to read my Summer Drinks selection #review

395 COMMENTS

  1. I’ll have a Victorian Lemonade if your offering….certainly great for quenching my thirst on hot summer days (if I can remember back that far).

  2. The Cherry Cola is available from one of our local cafes in Chorlton and it is easily the nicest cola drink I remember tasting. It is light and refreshing with a smooth composition and none of that chemical-like after taste you expect of fizzy drinks. I am very keen on it.

  3. I love a Pimms, it normally means I am lying on the grass somewhere with nothing better to do than watch the clouds go by.

  4. Recently tried the mixed bottles of Bloom gin and Fentimans rose lemonade and I’m in love with it it’s my drink of the Summer

  5. The best thirst quencher in hot weather is cola. Any of the usual brands are good, but there is something a bit extra special about Fentimans cola.

  6. This summer I’ve been drinking a lot of Dandilion and Burdock.Told my boys it was one of my favourite drinks when I was young so they were desperate to try it! They love it too

  7. Elderflower cordial is for me the quintessential taste of an English summer. Light, fragrant and refreshing. Just perfect like our English weather that’s never too hot or too cold.

  8. My favourite summer drink is Cava – but I can’t drink that all day every day! Otherwise, I love Fentiman’s Rose Lemonade. It’s like liquid Turkish Delight. I’ll often dilute it a little with sparkling water so there’s just a hint of it – lovely!

  9. My favourite summer drink is Fentimans Dandelion & Burdock. It’s so much better than any other D&B, and I’m wondering why it’s not in your photos?

  10. Well I do love dandelion and burdock, but my ultimate summer drink has to be pina colada, but only only on holiday!

  11. I love all of these drinks all year round, but for summer I say Ginger beer, the main reason being I’m the only on e in this house who likes it and it doesn’t dissapear!

  12. Summer soft drink? It has to be pink lemonade as it takes me back to childhood, so refreshing! Alcoholic it has to be a refreshing fruity cider!

  13. We had a barbecue at the weekend and I have been converted to an Aperol Spritz – Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water. We put slices of grapefruit in too. Such a refreshing drink. The weather was beautiful and I was mentally transported to Amalfi!!

  14. A lovely Dark Rum and Lemonade – with a slice of Lemon and Lime

    And non-alcoholic is a cranberry and raspberry over ice

  15. Well i like to experiment with home made drinks and this ones my fave.

    Lime Zing
    Combine tangy red tea with slices of lime, and add ice or combine lemon-lime soda with summer berries.
    Extremely refreshing!

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