Saturday, 28 July 2012

Summer in a glass

With perhaps only a few days of sunshine left, it's time to share with you some of my favourite summer tipples I've been enjoying these last few weeks.

My top recommendation is St-Germain elderflower liqueur, below, which I was given by Bob as a birthday present. I couldn't love this more - it'll add a dose of summer to your standard gin & tonic or vodka tonic, or add to sparkling wine for an instant cocktail. You can buy this from Waitrose (currently on offer) or online, and do have a look at the St-Germain website for cocktail recipes and ideas. And the stylish glass bottle will prettify your drinks tray perfectly.

{a perfect addition to your cocktail cabinet}

For a summery twist on the classic Kir Royale, try Aspall's Perronelle's Blush, which replaces the traditional champagne and creme de cassis with cider and creme de mure. Very refreshing and fruity, this is a lovely summer alternative to your standard tipple, and will be a winner for anyone who likes something fruity without being too sweet. Serve over ice.

{or recreate your own by adding some creme de mure to normal cider}

And lastly we discovered this sparkling cider from our local Chiltern's Brewery, where it's dubbed "apple champagne" being brewed using the same techniques as their award-winning champagne. Made by the Buckinghamshire based Daws Hill Vineyard, at £6 a bottle, it's a bargain.



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