Summer is the time to enjoy spending time with friends and family in the great outdoors. Whether you’re planning a casual barbecue or a more extravagant garden party, the drinks you serve help to set the mood.
It can be easy to pick up some big bottles of fizzy pop along with your selection of wine and beer, but creating some refreshing summery drinks is a great alternative to all that sugar. Making up some jugs of summer drinks takes a little preparation but they’ll look fantastic and your guests will be sure to thank you for it.
When the mercury starts rising you might want to stay away from drinking anything too strong. Traditional summer cocktails are a perfect way to quench your thirst without giving you a terrible hangover the morning after, depending on how many glasses you drink of course!
A summer staple is Pimm’s and lemonade. Grab a jug, add some ice and chop up some lovely fresh strawberries, cucumber and oranges before adding your Pimm’s and lemonade. Top it off with some sprigs of mint and you’re ready for your guests to arrive.
For a twist on a favourite, how about white sangria? Spanish sangria normally has red wine and orange juice in but for a change use dry white wine, a dash of brandy and a little caster sugar to sweeten. Roughly chop a load of light fleshed fruit such as mango, peach, apples and plums and add them into the mix. Give it a stir and you’ve got a light and refreshing tipple.
Of course, some might say it’s not summer or a party without a gin and tonic. Add a dash of whimsy and serve your classic drink in a tea cup with the de rigeur slice of cucumber.
For the drivers, kids and tee-totallers it’s vital you have a selection of non-alcoholic drinks on offer. Plus, they’ll definitely appreciate it if you have something more inspiring than the standard soft drinks on offer.
Real lemonade is so much tastier than the sugary pop you can buy. It’s pretty simple to make and only involves lots of lemons, some caster sugar and water. Made up in a jug with some mint leaves, fresh lemonade is a real thirst quencher. Top up your lemonade with cranberry juice to create fun pink lemonade! Perfect for a little girl’s birthday party.
A big favourite over in the US of A, iced tea is another non-alcoholic option and it’s super easy to prepare. Just make up a big batch of strong tea in a teapot, let it cool in the fridge and serve with plenty of ice.
Elderflower cordial, whether homemade or shop bought, is so refreshing. Mix it up with some soda water and fresh sliced cucumber in a big jug so the cucumber flavour infuses into the drink. Serve this cucumber and elderflower spritzer with some ice cubes frozen with mint leaves in them.
Another option is simple flavoured water. All you need is some large glass jugs or a retro water dispenser and whatever you want to flavour your water with. There are so many options! How about frozen berries or slices of blood orange? One of our favourites is lime and mint, which makes mojito flavoured water! Infused water is refreshing and very attractive served at parties. Who said water was boring?
If you’re heading to a party this summer and don’t want to arrive empty handed take a look at our selection of Wine Gifts, that start at £22.74, or choose a hamper filled with seasonal favourites from our Summer and Picnic Hampers range.
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