We all know that a HUGE part of the holiday dream is sipping decadent cocktails around a dreamy pool or even better, on the beach (with lounger services)
We may have to put the poolside and the beachfront aside for just a little longer but as the days grow longer and the evenings warmer what we can do is bring you the new Summer Drinks & Cocktail trends that will still make you feel like you are living la dolce vita in the Med!
No Summer drinks list would be complete without the perfect rose! Delicate and fruity with alluring aromas of crisp summer berries and blossom. Made from perfectly ripe, sun-drenched grapes from south-facing vineyards, this French rosé is delicious on its own or pairs beautifully with salads and seafood.
This summer, Cîroc is back with a brand new limited edition, Summer Citrus
Distilled five times to ensure quality, it is then infused with the delicate natural flavours of sun-kissed blood orange and zesty lime creating a refreshing summer taste. Perfect for summer parties and elevated at home occasions, this zesty vodka is perfectly paired with simple mixers like soda or it can be used as a base for the ultimate summer cocktail.
With its elegant, frosted glass bottle this is a must have for any drinks trolley or garden bar!
A juicy, flavoursome gin from Tanqueray, built around the brilliance of blackcurrant! Inspired by Charles Tanqueray's journeys to France, this expression features four of Tanqueray's classic botanicals, alongside French blackcurrants, vanilla, and black orchid. The result is bursting with berry notes, though balanced by the floral wafts, creamy richness, and herbaceous spice.
We reckon this will go rather well in a G&T with plenty of fresh berries thrown in as garnish, though it should also do handsomely in a twist on a Kir Royale, or perhaps a Bramble.
A newcomer to the market (March 2021) is Beefeater Peach & Raspberry Gin should be firmly on your list.
There are so many ways to enjoy this delicious drink, they have put together a fab little list too, it would be rude of us NOT to try them all.
Greetings from Aloha 65! First crafted on the beaches of Florida at a popular beach bar for surfers and sun-seekers, this spirit is made up of an all natural infusion of fresh pineapple, ginger, Scotch-bonnet chillies and a selection of herbs in neutral grain spirit. Serve straight from the fridge or over ice, but it also does very well added add to ginger ale or aromatic tonic for a longer tipple.
The Lost Years range of rums has got a Navy Strength expression! An unaged blend of Jamaican Coffey still rum and pot still rum from Barbados shine in this burly bottling, weighing in at 54.5% ABV. Just the thing for vibrant, tropical cocktails!
This Reposado Tequila from El Tequileño has been rested in American oak casks for three months before bottling! The maturation imparts some subtle sweetness to the fresh spirit, perfect for all manner of cocktails. We're thinking about whipping up a Paloma...
Not forgetting the beers lovers among us:
There are so many new and exciting beers that have been released in April alone! Here are our top 5:
Three wood barley wine from Siren Craft Brew. Which three woods you ask? Well, we'll tell you! The beer is spun through cypress, oak and maple spirals, which sounds rather fun and certainly imparts some wonderful wood influences in the flavour.
The Spectrum 4 edition of The Event Horizon from Olde Hickory Brewery, in North Carolina! It's brewed with honey, and then cocoa, cinnamon, vanilla, and habanero pepper are added to this imperial stout which is aged in bourbon barrels. A fantastic combination of flavour here, one to put fire in the belly!
Siren have brewed up something rather interesting here – a red sour ale with cherries and citrus zest, aged in Port and bourbon barrels! This has a beautiful cherry red hue and refreshing fruity tang contrasted by rich warming depth, complex and yet easy-going, superb stuff!
Barrel aged saison brewed by the folks at Lindheim Ølkompani in collaboration with Norwegian Michelin restaurant, Maaemo. The restaurant's own sourdough culture is used for the first fermentation along with myrcial gale; also known as bog-myrtle, and plenty of fresh apples! Secondary fermentation takes place in barrels, with apple juice, so you can expect a fantastically appley beer overall!
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