I cannot wait for summer to come around, with a number of BBQ’s being put in the calendar and plenty of garden parties being lined up.
But what to bring with you can sometimes be a headache. I therefore wanted to highlight some of the best drink options to bring along with you.
This is the ultimate luxurious drink, helping to create a feeling of celebration, something we all deserve after all the lockdowns we’ve been through, finally getting to spend time with loved ones.
Created using the grapes grown in Champagne, a northern region of France, I have always had a love for the bubbles.
The Champagne Brut Jacober is a limited edition launch by Eminent Wines to toast the centenary of the Royal British Legion. This also means that 10% of every sale will go as donations to the Royal British Legion, meaning you can drink without any guilt!
Priced at £45, this scrumptious drink is perfect to be shared with the important people in your life, using three grape varieties, being Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.
The sale of gins grew by 10% in the UK over the past year, while it’s expected to rise a further 14% over the next three years.
Long gone are the days that gin was notoriously called Mother’s Ruin, as it is fast becoming the countries favourite tipple. If you visit your local supermarket, you’ll undoubtedly see Gordon’s and Tanqueray, however I want to highlight some of the exciting brands out there that are worth checking out.
Sloe Boat Gin
Containing wild harvested sloe berries which are steeped in the gin for six months creating a rich and flavoursome gin which can work wonders in a number of cocktails.
Priced at £30, this 70cl bottle is a great drink which you can introduce to your friends, with a very luxurious appearance to the branding.
They recommend enjoying the Sloe Boat Gin with some Indian tonic and a zest of lemon, which went down a treat.
Ramsbury Single Estate Gin
Distilled in Wiltshire, the Ramsbury Single Estate Gin includes juniper, citrus, oris root, dried orange peel, woody angelica and spicy cinnamon. A London dry gin, it has fruity tones and tastes incredible.
At 40% ABV, this is a slightly stronger one than the Sloe Boat, but both are incredibly tasty. They have sustainability at the heart of their businesses interest, something I love to see.
This is a great gin to show off if you want a few people to try some G&T’s that are more flavoursome than the usual gins people pick up at the shops. You can pick up a bottle directly from their website or from Waitrose and Harvey Nichols.
Another brilliant British gin, Didsbury gin was launched by Liam and Mark, two massive G&T fans who were after a gin with a fresh and crisp taste.
The 20cl bottle is priced at £14.95, while if you prefer a flavoured option, you can also try their blood orange & ginger or their strawberry & Sicilian lemon gin.
They utilise 11 different botanicals in their recipe, including juniper berries, grapefruit, lemon, lime and coriander.
There is something so classy about drinking whisky, whether neat or with ice, in a small glass tumbler.
Whisky is a great drink to try with friends, comparing flavours and tones, such as a hint of TCP.
Filey Bay Tasting Experience
It can be hard to know which bottle to pick, so if you fancy trying a few options, then the Filey Bay tasting experience is a great option.
Containing 3 5cl bottles in a nice box and with tasting cards, this also makes for a great gift when heading around to someone’s BBQ.
All three are single malt whisky’s containing natural colour and produced in England.
Enjoying a cool beer in the sun while chilling in the garden (or a beer garden) always makes you feel summery and happy, especially if there are dogs running around.
I love an ice cold beer, while they’re also an easy drink to take to parties, but finding the right ones can be tricky, as they never taste as good as on-tap.
With summer around the corner and a trip to Barcelona planned for July, alcohol does come with a certain guilt factor, knowing that each pint is around 250 calories.
However, the Skinny IPA packs in a minor 89 calories, while they haven’t sacrificed on taste, with these Indian Pale Ales offering a tasty punch while still providing you with 4% alcohol volume.
You can pick up a pack of six 330ml cans for £12 either directly through their website or on Amazon.