SO……What’s new to drink this summer

Posted on Apr 17, 2015 in site | No Comments

We’ve just enjoyed a rather fabulous day tasting some of most exciting new spirits and wines coming onto the market (a tough job, but someone’s got to do it).  Here are our top recommendations for what to drink this summer.

Gin is enjoying a huge revival resulting in some fabulous new gins to try.  Bombay Sapphire be hailed as having played a major role in reversing he slump in sales of gin in the 1980s and it set the precedent for others to follow.  So we were very excited to discover that this iconic distillery are launching ‘Star of Bombay’. It was definitely our ‘star’ of the gin tasting!  It features two additional botanicals – Bergamot orange peel from Calabria in southern Italy and Ambrette seed from Ecuador – on top of the ten that feature in the core Bombay Sapphire and is produced at Laverstoke Mill in Hampshire.  We tried it with a twist of orange peel and a dash of Fever Tree tonic.

It is exceptionally smooth and has a really rich aroma and intense flavour.  Absolutely perfect for those long summer afternoons sitting in the garden.  The lovely people at Bombay Sapphire are going to let us know when it’s going to go on general sale so we will be sure to let you know.

Sipsmith have launched their alternative to Pimm’s as this review from the Independent summarises perfectly. Enjoy with ice, lemonade and a slice of lemon.

“Move over, Pimm’s: we have a new favourite, endlessly quaffable summer-booze option in the form of this gin-based drink blended with lemon verbena, Early Grey and cucumber.


We love the English wines that are being produced at the moment and it’s so nice to serve an English wine alongside a menu of locally produced foods.  We found out that a vineyard in Sussex is about to be the first in the UK to be awarded DOC status – proof that English wine has come a long way and we should all support this homegrown industry.  We discovered the perfect pink fizz to enjoy with some smoked salmon – Chapel Down Rose Brut (  Lovely ripe summer fruit on the nose and a really mouth filling long finish.

A new trend that is ‘bubbling’ away in the background is the return of Asti from Italy.  It’s a light, refreshing, sweet wine that you can drink as an aperitif or serve with a salad course, or dessert.  For those of you that used to drink it in years gone by it used to be called Asti Spumante.  The word ‘Spumante’ was dropped in 1993 when Asti was promoted to the top level DOCG classification.  Young, trendy Italians are apparently glugging their way through bottles of the stuff – also Lambrusco! – SO you heard it here first…

If you’re looking for a special bottle to take to a party, how about this Prosecco from Bottega ( Apart from the fact it is a rather lovely drop of this classic Italian fizz, the bottles are really stunning. They do a Rose version as well.  Currently just to buy at Selfridges or online at Amazon.

If you love your vodka, you must absolutely try ‘Absolute Elyx’.  It’s made from wheat from a single estate in Sweden and has to be the smoothest, easiest drinking vodka we have ever tried! You could genuinely enjoy just on the rock (their recommend garnishing with a star anaise).  The lovely barman made us a ‘Wet Martini’ where it is mixed mixed with Lillet (pronounced lee-lay), a French Aperitif made from a blend of wine, liqueurs, fruits and herbs.  Stunning.

SO, next time you are hosting a summer lunch, drinks party, or supper we hope we have given you some inspiration to try something new to share with your friends (they will be SO impressed).

Of course we can supply the best bartenders in the business to mix you the perfect cocktails.  Why not put your feet up this summer and let us do all the hard work for you?

Call us on 07896 287432.

Happy drinking! {in moderation of course…}
Helen & Claire



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