The best British drinks to enjoy for the Platinum Jubilee weekend
It’s not just UK vineyards that are hitting the heights these days, says delicious. wine editor Susy Atkins. There are top new spirit producers too – and many offer a warm welcome. Browse Susy’s picks of the best British drinks for the Platinum Jubilee weekend below.
Impressive British wines
A super-lively pink fizz with delicate flavours of fresh raspberry and citrus, dry but with a soft creaminess. It’s made using the meticulous champagne method and makes a tongue-tingling aperitif. Available The Co-Op (£18).
A blend of several grapes to create a scented dry white with a cocktail of green apple, kiwi and lemon fruit. There’s a lightly floral, white blossom note too – a properly spring-like wine and a supreme salad matcher. Available from Morrisons (£14).
For a splash-out treat, here’s one of Sussex’s finest sparklers, made entirely from chardonnay grapes and with a bit of age for extra complexity. Expect fresh citrus and yellow plums in a beautifully balanced fizz. Available from Ashling Park (£37.50).
Special British spirits
Wimbledon Garden Gin, Wimbledon Brewery, London, England 43%
This gin could hardly be more English. It’s juniper-led with a subtle light sweetness that comes from gorse flowers, Wimbledon honey and heather, plus floral and herbal hints from cascade hops (usually used in brewing). Makes a fab G&T with a light tonic. Available from Master of Malt (£38.50/70cl). You can refill the bottle at the brewery for £30.
A gorgeously smooth rum with Salford honey added to produce luscious layers of butterscotch, raisin and toffee flavours. Sip it with a chocolate dessert. Available from Salford Rum (£30/50cl).
An intriguing gin with spicy notes from botanicals including nutmeg, oranges and tea-soaked currants, inspired by 19th-century ingredients imported by ship. Available from In The Welsh Wind (£42/70cl).
British non-alcoholic drinks
Sea Arch, Sea & T Non- Alcoholic Distilled Spirit and Tonic, Devon, England 0%
With fresh, herby hints and juniper, this mix of a fine non-alcoholic spirit with tonic water has been well crafted and has natural flavours and a crisp spritz. Great for a picnic or hike. Available from Sea Arch drinks (£28.20/12 x 250ml cans).
Best distilleries in Britain for a visit
The weather’s warming up and lots of British wineries and distillers have opened their doors to visitors again. Here are three tours Susy recommends…
A new whisky distillery on the beautiful Morvern peninsula on Scotland’s west coast, Nc’nean has strong eco credentials. Guests enjoy a full distillery tour with a taste of the whiskies – and homemade cake is promised. Available from £18pp. There are two tours daily Mon-Fri (closed 26 April to 9 May); must be booked in advance on 01967 421698.
In the north Cotswolds near Shipston-on-Stour, this distillery makes a range of spirits including fine gin and whisky, and there’s a café. The tours comprise a guided walk around the distillery and a tasting of spirits and liqueurs. Available from £20pp. Tours are three times daily in May; must be booked in advance on 01608 238533.
This winery near Bodmin has been in operation since 1989. There’s a shop and tasting room with a garden and terrace overlooking the vines. The two-hour tour of the vineyard and winery includes a flight of four wines to taste. Available from £18pp. Tours are weekdays only in spring and summer.
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