Impress your garden party guests with these sophisticated summer sips

With summer holiday’s abroad still hanging in the balance why not bring a splash of vacay vibes to your drinks trolley with our guide to some of the best [...]

With summer holiday’s abroad still hanging in the balance why not bring a splash of vacay vibes to your drinks trolley with our guide to some of the best summer tipples.  Whether you are hosting a garden party or planning a sun sizzling barbeque, wow your guests with these sophisticated summer sips.

Seven Hills Gin is a piece of Italy in a bottle. Distilled in Moncalieri, near Turin, this perfectly balanced gin is created using the seven high-quality, key ingredients of Pomegranate, Rose Hip, Juniper, Roman Camomile, Blood Orange, Artichoke and Celery hand chosen by a Master Herbalist. The botanicals are infused for 10-15 days, gently pressed to extract their individual flavours before the extract is then distilled using a vacuum pot distillation – a gentle and innovative method of distillation designed to maintain the smooth and rich flavours of the botanicals. The result is a gin with a distinctive body, strength and flavour that is delicately complex yet remains light and refreshing.  Mix with premium tonic water in a highball glass over ice, served with a wedge of lemon. Pure Aperitivo bliss.

Stockists: Amazon, Ocado, Master of Malt  RRP:  £29.95 – £31.29

Travel the length of the Amalfi Coast in one sip with O’ndina Gin. With fresh, herbaceous tones, distinctive Italian flavour and presented in an eye- catching bottle, O’ndina Gin has been crafted with premium ingredients found all over the stunning Italian coast.  Inspired by the effortless glamour and carefree spirit of the Italian Riviera in the 1960s, O’ndina blends 19 hand-selected Italian botanicals including fresh Basil from Liguria (the “Grande Verde di Genova” variety famed for its bright green colour and refreshing sweetness) and citrus from southern Italy.  This gin is a gem and creates the perfect Mediterranean Gin & Tonic and an exquisite all-Italian Negroni.

O’ndina is available from Amazon and Drinksupermarket RRP: £33.04

Inspired by Italy’s famed pre-dinner ritual of the ‘Aperitivo moment’ Primo Aperitivo is a range of classic Italian Aperitivo cocktails, perfect for sipping whilst unwinding and enjoying summer socials. The authentic Italian flavours and fresh ingredients provide a taste of summer in a glass.  Created by Italian-born mixologist Filippo Previero, as a celebration of Italian cocktail culture. The first cocktail in the collection, the Primo Aperitivo Negroni, is a beautiful restyling of a much-loved recipe, resulting in an unrivalled at-home drinking experience that is steeped in elegance and authenticity. Housed in an exceptionally stylish deep navy bottle with a striking gold label, the Primo Aperitivo Negroni is beautifully presented and would make an eye-catching addition to any at-home drinks trolley.  The Primo Aperitivo Negroni is best enjoyed poured over ice in a rock glass and garnished with an orange wedge.

Primo Aperitivo is available from Ocado, Master of Malt, The Whisky Exchange.  RRP: £25.99 – £28.99

New to the vodka scene this summer is Belvedere’s range of super-premium organic flavoured vodkas. The organic certification ensures that Organic Infusions are crafted only with ingredients that are farmed with no artificial pesticides, additives, or chemicals. Available in Lemon and Basil, Pear and Ginger or Blackberry and Lemongrass soda it’s vibrant and crisp and works well mixed with soda or included in your favourite cocktail.

Available from The Whisky Exchange and Amazon from £34.99

For those who want to make healthier drinking choices without having to compromise on flavour, the TRØVE range offers big fruit flavours at only 41 calories per single serve. Bursting with natural fruit flavour and light on calories, the new botanical low-alcohol vodkas come in three different flavours: Valencian Orange with Lime, Green Apple with Ginger, and Raspberry with Lemongrass and Mint. The new range is light and aromatic in flavour and the perfect drink to toast with family and friends this summer.

The TRØVE collection is available at Amazon for £24.

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