The very best seasonal drinks to sip (or guzzle) this summer
Summer 2019 is well and truly upon us and along with beach holidays, sun hats and a wardrobe full to the brim with floral dresses and a calendar packed with weddings, it’s the season of inebriation rosé-fuelled fun.
Whether it’s a fruity Pimms at the races, a chilled glass of Whispering Angel at a beach club or a refreshing G&T, summer is the perfect time to experiment with your refreshment repertoire.
Here, GLAMOUR has rounded up the summer tipples you *need* to try. Obviously drink responsibly and with the finest glasswear John Lewis offers. Oh, and check out our pick of the best summer rooftop bars while you’re deciding which drink to plump for.
Proving that size doesn’t matter, Hayman’s of London has today launched its groundbreaking new Small Gin. Small in size but big in flavour, Small Gin is so rich in botanical character that the recommended serve of just 5ml (one thimbleful) is all that is needed to create a classically balanced Gin & Tonic. Small Gin is perfect for the mindful sipper who loves gin but is looking to reduce their alcohol consumption. The ideal choice for working lunches, weekday evenings and summer barbecues.
The Italian aperitif and quintessential tipple of summer – Aperol – is celebrating its 100th birthday this summer and, in true sociable Italian style, the drinks are on them! To enjoy a celebratory Aperol Spritz on the house, it couldn’t be easier: all you have to do is simply register your name and email here to receive your unique code. Show this code at any All Bar One nationwide* on the 10th, 11th and 12th July during Aperitivo hours (17:00 – 20:00) and you’ll be sipping your complimentary, refreshing Aperol Spritz in no time!
Mindfully made, as nature intended, Atopia is the first low alcohol spirit from family distillers, William Grant and Sons. Bottled at just 0.5% ABV, Atopia is inspired by mindful lifestyle choices of today’s consumer. ATOPIA has been created to make every drinking occasion taste exceptional. A taste sensation, every sip is a tantalising balance of sweetness, bitterness, freshness and sharpness… when choosing to moderate there is no need to compromise. And the great news is if you’re choosing to be more mindful in your drinking, an ATOPIA & Tonic contains 75 times less alcohol than a Gin & Tonic. Created from natural distillates, flavours and extracts, Atopia is available in two exquisite options: Spiced Citrus and Wild Blossom. Atopia is available nationwide in Sainsbury’s and Ocado (RRP £25).
Bottled at 40%, this perfectly balanced juniper-forward gin is full of natural flavour. Aromas of rhubarb are complemented by a lift of spice, leading to a smooth, full finish.
Hendricks Midsummer Solstice Gin
Inspired by a midsummer love story and bursting with nature’s most vivid bouquet, Hendrick’s have launched the Midsummer Solstice Gin – their first ever limited-edition release! This bright and floral take on Hendrick’s house style makes for the perfect Midsummer Solstice Spritz. Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin, like the night of the summer solstice, is fleeting – limited by nature – but glorious while it lasts… whisking the curious to a heady world where flowers are at their most potent, love at its most powerful, and possibilities at their most infinite. For those curious to try, Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice Gin is available at all good retailers (RRP £35) & bars throughout the summer.
MARTINI Fiero and tonic were made for each other – this contemporary vermouth is a blend of citrus and bittersweet orange with crisp white wines – a perfect aperitif when mixed with tonic.
Verano Watermelon Gin
The NEW Verano Gin is inspired by relaxed lifestyles and the colourful vibrancy of Spain and is best mixed up and served from a jug, creating a fun and easy drink to share over sunny days and warm evenings. The brand NEW pink Verano Watermelon Gin is a luscious, sweet and refreshing flavour, made for sharing with friends this summer. Completing the new, mouth-watering Verano Gin range is NEW Verano Lemon Gin – a revitalising and zingy blend of Spanish lemons infused with lemon peel to create a zesty citrus flavour. Verano Gin is available in ASDA now (40% ABV, RRP £20.00)
For those not drinking but looking for a natural energy boost during those long summer days, Purdey’s could be for you. A unique blend of fruit juice, sparkling water and vitamins, Purdey’s is naturally boosted by botanicals to give you a gentle lift. Purdey’s believes energy breeds optimism, which is why the brand has created an online tool to help Brits curate their social media experience into a more positive one www.purdeys.com/positivity. The natural energy drink is available in two unique and distinctive blends – Rejuvenate and Edge. Leading retailers include: Waitrose, Amazon, Ocado, Tesco, Boots, WHSmith, BP, Shell and Wholefoods. (RRP £1.59 for 330ml bottle and £1.29 for 250ml can)