Summer party season is almost upon us, so it’s time to start thinking about those all-important drinks choices.
Nothing says summer celebration quite like champagne, but if you’re looking to put a new twist on the old classic you could try a champagne cocktail, or more refreshing summer coolers such as the cucumber gimlet. The negroni shouldn’t be forgotten either – it’s one of this year’s top drinks, for good reason.
Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail
This champagne cocktail, originally created by Jamie Oliver, puts a summer spin on a classic. Add pomegranate juice and a little sugar to a glass then top up with champagne. This cocktail is also great with peaches and strawberries. This cocktail works brilliantly with Prosecco too – you can hardly taste the difference!
Rose Prosecco Cocktail
For a delicate and fragrant take on a champagne cocktail add four to six tablespoons of rose syrup to each flute of champagne. If you’re not sure about adding Prosecco to your cocktail list head to Shoreditch pub the Crown and Shuttle – they’ve got Prosecco on tap and a huge pub garden perfect for an afternoon of cocktail tasting. In Jay’s opinion it’s one of London’s best pubs.
World’s Best Bellini
The universally loved bellini is a great choice for summer entertaining. To make sure yours is world class follow these tips from William Oliveri of Le Bar 228 at Le Meurice: add ice, peach coulis and peach liqueur to a glass, mix well, pour through a sieve into a flute and top with Champagne. Oliveri’s variation unites the flavours of the fruit and the champagne.
Cucumber Mint Gimlet
This refreshing cocktail is the perfect party drink – switch the vodka and lime juice for cucumber gin, fresh lime, and simple syrup tinged with mint. It packs a punch!
Invented in Florence in 1919, the Negroni is one of this year’s most popular cocktail choices. Make yours by pouring the gin, vermouth, and Campari into a chilled Old Fashioned glasses over ice and garnish with sliced oranges. Head to The Connaught Bar in Mayfair to try the perfect Negroni; made by Italian bartender and master of the aperitif, Agostino Perrone.
Add a touch of theatre to your drinks reception by topping your cocktails or champagne glasses with puffs of flavoured candyfloss. Choose a candyfloss flavour that complements your chosen cocktail to really impress your guests.
Give your bubbles a boost with fruit-infused sugar cubes. To make them just soak sugar cubes in bowls of fruit concentrate or puree, then remove and dry on a wire rack. The result is a sweet, tangy champagne perfect for the Great British summer!
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