The Good Taste Guide: Drinks for a sunny Bank Holiday Weekend

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Bank holiday drinks

Say cheers to summer’s most refreshing drinks on a scorching bank holiday weekend, from new combinations to old favourites…

Try something new this bank holiday…

Melonade

The perfect base for a laid-back French spritz, this artisan melon aperitif was inspired by the laid-back lifestyle of Southern France. Bottled Provençale sunshine, it is made from melons grown in the Provence town of Cavaillon, using the original melon distillation developed by French monks. Find out more at aelred.red/en/

Good Taste tip: Try a Melospritz, a combination of Melonade, prosecco and soda water.

Martini Fiero

Move over Aperol spritz, MARTINI Fiero is the new drink that’s set to brighten up Instagram feeds this summer. Bold flavoured and brightly-coloured, it is designed to be paired 50/50 with tonic over ice for maximum impact with minimal fuss. Perfect for early evening drinks with friends. £12 from all major UK retailers.

Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup

It’s Pimm’s, but not as we know it. Alongside its gin-based cousin No.1, Pimm’s No.6 Vodka Cup was launched in 1964, and is distributed exclusively by the Fine Wine and Spirits Merchants Justerini & Brooks. With its lighter, crisper flavour profile and vibrant notes of citrus and herbs, the No.6 creates a delightfully balanced Pimm’s cup. £18.99 from www.justerinis.com/latest-offers/pimms-vodka-cup-exclusivity/

Crumpton Oaks

Crumpton Oaks, the award-winning cider from the home of Aston Manor Cidern, has launched thirst-quenching farmhouse cider in two variants; apple and pear. Made using the finest bittersweet apples from orchards in the Malvern Hills and selected local orchards across Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Alternatively, Crumpton Oaks Pear Cider is made using the finest dessert pears. Find out more at https://crumptonoaks.co.uk.

Perfect picnic wines

We all know picnics can take some planning. As well as preparing and packing the food, it’s important to bring along a bottle of wine or two. To make the picnic prep a little easier, here are a few bottles perfect for a summer picnic.

Baron De Ley Reserva Rioja

This Reserva doesn’t overpower cold meats such as sausage rolls and porkpies. In fact, meat really brings out the fruit characters in this full-bodied Rioja with its deep cherry colour and complex aromas, making for a perfect pairing. It goes brilliantly with quiches too.  Aged for 20 months in new oak casks and then matured in bottle to complete its evolution, it’s a picnic must-have.Tesco, Waitrose, Co-op, £11-13.

Corte Molino Prosecco

This fizz brings a sense of occasion to a picnic with its striking Tiffany blue label. It’s a popular go-to for summer whites; tastes as good as it looks with really fine bubbles and a delicious, snappily dry finish. Suitably refreshing for a hot summers day.Co-Op, £8.50

Vandenberg Adelaide Hills Chardonnay

Picnics call for easy drinking light wines, and this sophisticated and elegant Chardonnay is just the one. This one has notes of citrus and pear as well as subtle spice brought on by oak complexity, with a creamy refined finish. Thanks to its screw cap not only is it easy to drink, it’s also easy to open.Co-op, £10

Superb soft drinks

Monin

Once known as a coffee shop favourite, Monin is brilliant for adding flavour to cocktails and mocktails. Now available in over 100 flavours, it’s perfect added to a glass of Prosecco for your choice of cheat’s Bellini, or added to cocktails for a twist.

No. 1 Rosemary Water

No.1 Rosemary Water is the world’s first single extract rosemary drink. Packed with fresh, organic rosemary extract, it  makes a refreshing and healthy drink alone, or mixed with something stronger.  Available from https://rosemarywater.com/

ZeroWater

ZeroWater’s filter is so powerful it could turn red wine into pure water, should you want to. We think that’s a waste of good wine, but it’s a great alternative to bottled water as its advanced filters  remove virtually all dissolved solids in tap water, delivering great taste and a huge reduction in plastic used. The only pour-through filters on the market certified to reduce lead and chromium. It also reduces fluoride and other contaminants such as asbestos, plastics, pesticides, oestrogen, mercury and lead, to name a few. From £24.99 at https://zerowater.co.uk

Beautiful beers

Old School Brewery

This award-winning Lancashire microbreweryat the foot of Warton Crag in North Lancashire makes beers with school-themed names. Sip a cool pint of Headmaster, or a scholarly Blackboard or Hopskotch, just don’t get stuck in Detention. www.oldschoolbrewery.co.uk

The Gin-tessential guide: What’s new in the world of gin

Strawberry Jam Gin

I Love MCR has unveiled a pink Strawberry Jam Gin, in partnership with Mancunian jam connoisseurs, F. Duerr & Sons Ltd. £29 from ilovemanchester.com/shop

Ramsbury Estate

Spanning 19,000 acres of rolling farmlands and woodlands in the heart of Wiltshire, the Ramsbury Estate is amongst just a handful of distilleries in the world to craft its spirits from field to glass, by growing its own wheat and using its own chalk filtered water. £35 from Waitrose Cellar, Master of Malt and The Whisky Exchange.

Puerto de Indias

Puerto de Indias strawberry gin has taken Spain by storm and is now available in the UK. Made by Sevillian distiller, Puerto de Indias, it’s made with wild Huelva strawberries. £27 from AmazonMaster of Malt and Whisky Exchange

Rosé Sainte Marie

Salcombe Gin has created Rosé Sainte Marie, a new Mediterranean inspired gin, named after the Sainte Marie lighthouse which marks the Southern entrance to the Old Port of Marseille. £40 from salcombegin.com and at selected independent retailers nationwide.

City of London Distillery

City of London Distillery Murcian Orange Gin follows hot on the heels of City of London Distillery Six Bells Lemon Gin, both of which have a London Gin botanical base with citrus notes which make them perfect for summer cocktails, gin and tonic with a twist, or drinking neat over ice.  Available from www.amazon.co.uk for £35 for a 70cl bottle.

Gin Mare

This summer the ultimate taste of the Mediterranean, Gin Mare, is bringing the botanicals of Arbequina Olive, Thyme, Rosemary and Basil to a G&T, perfect to drink in the summer season. Try it in a Triple Orange G&T.
Recipe: The Triple Orange
50ml Gin MareBar spoon of bitter orange marmalade2 dashes of orange bitters, 200ml 1724 Tonic Water.

Simply build into a glass and stir.