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Summer Drinks

Summer’s here! With heatwaves forecast for July, why not stock up your drinks cabinet ready to make some fabulous summer cocktails.

Here are our summer favourites. Perfect to sip around the pool, at a barbecue or while enjoying the sunshine in the garden.

Port Tonic

Ingredients

Simply fill a glass with ice. Add a measure of White Port and top with tonic water. Stir to mix. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy.

While Port is also fantastic on its own just poured over ice. For more information on White Port, check out our previous post here.

Kir Royale

Ingredients (serves 6)

  • 6 tablespoons of Creme de Cassis
  • 1 Bottle of Champagne (we recommend Deutz Brut Classic Champagne)
  • Strips of tangerine or orange zest to garnish

Pour 1 tablespoon of Creme de Cassis into each glass. Fill with Champagne and garnish with zest. Serve immediately.

Summer Fruit Rose Sangria

Ingredients

  • Handful of blueberries
  • Handful of blackberries
  • Handful of hulled strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • 1 tablespoon of fine sugar
  • 5 tablespoons of Framboise
  • 1 bottle of chilled rose wine (we recommend Cantina Campagnola Bardolino Chiaretto Classico)
  • 10fl oz white cranberry juice

In a large jug, combine the fruit and stir in the sugar. Add the Framboise and allow to rest for 1 hour. Add in the wine and cranberry juice and serve chilled.

Classic Bellini

Ingredients

Add the peach puree to the bottom of a chilled champagne flute. Fill the glass halfway with prosecco and stir well. Allow the froth to settle and top up with prosecco.

Enjoy Your Summer!

Hope you enjoy your summer and these drinks recipes.

To help you do just that you can enjoy 10% off all orders placed through our online shop – just enter code SUMMER2015 at the checkout*.

* Offer applies to all orders (excluding delivery) placed before midnight on 31st July 2015.

Image by Evan Swigart from Chicago, USA (Sangria) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Happy Birthday To Us!

We can’t believe how the time flies – but it’s our birthday!

As ever, we are extremely grateful to all of our Twitter followers, facebook friends, inseparable instagrammers, pintrest playmates, googleplus pals, blogger buddies, wordpress well-wishers, LinkedIn luminaries, tumblr chums and of course, our lovely customers.

Without you, we couldn’t do what we do. We’d be nothing.

So to say thank you – here’s 10% off all our wonderful wines, super champagnes, phenomenal ports and amazing accessories. Just enter the code SUMMER2015 at the checkout.

Sadly, just as birthdays come to an end, so must this offer. Code valid on all purchases made before 31st July 2015.

Cheers!

Deutz Rose Champagne, perfect for a celebration with fizz!

It’s a girl!

The birth of a new baby is always a wonderful excuse for a celebration – and the birth of a new princess is certainly no exception!

In the days since the birth of Princess Charlotte a number of companys have joined in the celebrations with special creations and giveaways. From a chocolate pram made by Cadbury to free entry to theme parks, the celebrations look set to continue. Lucky girls named Charlotte can even enjoy a free glass of house wine at Bierkeller, Manchester on Friday and Saturday.

Despite not being legally entitled to drink alcohol for more than 17 years, the new princess has even had a cocktail created in her honour. Visitors to Tiger Hornsby in Newcastle will be able to buy a special blend of Veuve Cliquot Champagne, Bitter Truth Elderflower Liqueur and pomegranate syrup.

Souvenir hunters will be on the hunt for unusual memorabilia. For Rioja lovers, the focus will be on vintages from this year. In 1982, the year both Kate Middleton and Prince William were born, the Rioja vintage was rated excellent. Here’s hoping the 2015 can live up to expectations, but we’ll just have to wait to find out.

And this is just to celebrate the birth. Just as with Prince George, we’re sure that Charlotte will be inundated with gifts at her christening. Our personal top pick would be a bottle of vintage port which can be saved to enjoy on her 18th birthday.

In the meantime though, we simply propose to toast our newest princess with a glass of Deutz rose champagne! Perfect for princesses everywhere (royal or otherwise).