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Brilliantly British Beverages!

With the British ‘Season’ well and truly underway, what better way to celebrate in the patriotic spirit by preparing some refreshing, classic and brilliantly British beverages for all to enjoy say MOLLY MAID – the professional domestic cleaning experts.

Classic Pimms

Everybody loves a glass of Pimm’s in the summer and made well, the classic British recipe, with lemonade and fruit is always refreshing.

Ingredients:

  • Slices of: orange, lemon and strawberries and plenty of cucumber
  • Fresh borage or mint
  • 200ml Pimm’s No 1 Cup
  • 600ml Lemonade

Method:

  • Half fill a serving jug with ice, add the fruit, cucumber and borage (or mint) then pour over the Pimm’s. Just before serving, top up with the lemonade, stir and serve in tall highball glasses.

Rhubarb and Ginger Sour

A quintessentially British fruit – rhubarb, if you like it in a good old fashioned English crumble then you’re going to like it in this drink: It’s a new British classic drink!

Ingredients:

  • 35ml Konik’s tail vodka
  • 35ml rhubarb syrup (100g rhubarb to 100g sugar and 100g water, boiled then strained)
  • 15ml Aperol
  • 35ml Pink grapefruit juice
  • 15ml lemon juice
  • 35g egg white
  • 15ml ginger liqueur
  • Dash of rhubarb bitters

Method:

  • Hard shake with ice then double strain into glass

Sipsmith Summer Cup

This is a big contender to knock Pimm’s off the top of the British summer drinks table! A summer cup is a refreshing, light, less sugar-intense alternative to Pimm’s.Ingredients:

  • Sipsmith Summer Cup
  • Lemonade

Method:

  • Marry one part Sipsmith Summer Cup with three parts Lemonade.
  • Combine over ice with seasonal summer fruits for a deliciously refreshing summer drink bursting with natural flavours.

Juniper Sling

What could be more brilliantly British than a gin-based cocktail using Hendricks gin! Gin, cucumber tonic and a slug more gin…

Ingredients:

  • 40ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 20ml Byrrh
  • 20ml Lemon Juice
  • 10ml Sugar Syrup*
  • Dash Celery Bitters
  • Dash Lemon Bitters
  • 6 Juniper Berries
  • Topped Tonic Water

Method:

  • Gently muddle juniper and combine other ingredients in a hi-ball /sling glass. Add cubed ice, churn and top with tonic water. Finish with two slices of cucumber.
  • *Sugar syrup – sugar and water boiled together

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Sparkling Cucumber Mint Gin

Continuing on the gin theme, this refreshing gin-based drink just screams Sunday lunchtime drinks in the garden!

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz lime juice
  • 2 oz Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 oz mint syrup*
  • 4 oz sparkling water
  • Thinly sliced cucumber
  • Sliced limes

Method:

  • In a serving glass, combine lime juice, gin, mint syrup and sparkling water. Decorate with sliced cucumber and sliced lime. Top the glass with ice. Add additional mint syrup, according to taste if desired. Serve immediately.
  • *Mint syrup: Bring to a boil 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar, and a handful of torn mint leaves. Remove from heat, cover pot, and allow mint to steep for 30 minutes. Strain mint and store mint syrup in the fridge until ready to use.

Grapefruit Thyme Fizz

This light, fragrant and refreshing British drink will have you hooked in no time. Who said you could never have one of your five a day in a classic British beverage?

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of grapefruit juice
  • 1 cup sparkling water
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • Fresh grapefruit and thyme sprigs for garnish

Method:

  • Slice the grapefruit into wedges. Wash and pat dry the thyme. Put ice and grapefruit juice into the shaker. Next add the vodka. Tip: the small lid of the martini shaker measures one ounce, the same as a one shot! Pour in the sparkling water. This may fizz up, so pour slowly.
  • Shake everything together. Strain the liquid from the ice into martini glasses. Garnish with thyme sprigs and grapefruit wedges.