The best new drinks to take on a picnic

Now that the weather is finally starting to brighten up, we can feel the lure of the picnic calling. From canned cocktails and vermouth to mini kegs and soft drinks suitable for all ages, there’s something for everyone to keep the park picnics interesting this summer.

We’ve previously brought together our very best picnic recipes for your perusal, so read on for the perfect portable drinks to accompany them.

The best new drinks to take on a picnic

Once you’ve browsed our picnic recipes and done the hard work of deciding what is going to be your meal of choice (will it be a quiche or a grazing board – or perhaps an array of special salads?) – the next task is to choose what to drink with it all. Read on for our ideas for everyone, including kids, non-drinkers, and plenty of tipples to choose from too…

16 of the best drinks to take on your picnic

Galipette rosé cider

We were really impressed with the ciders from Galipette, especially their new rosé number. Made with red-flesh apples, Pommes à Chair Rouge, from the orchards of Brittany and Normandy, it takes on a rosé character with notes of sweet fresh berries. It’s perfect served cold on a warm day, and pairs very well with picnic food like cheese, charcuteries and savoury tarts. Galipette produces cider as it should be. The brand’s non-alc option is also great for non drinkers, offering effervescent refreshment without the headache… Available from Waitrose (£2 each).


These Days spritzes

Aperol spritz, but make it pourable! If a spritz is your go-to, then these summertime drinks from These Days will be worth their weight in gold this picnic season… They come in two different flavours, one chinotto and blood orange and one peach and honey, and are made with natural ingredients and organic white wine from Chateau San Cyrgues. Available from These Days for £12.50.

These Days

Sea Arch, Sea & T Non- Alcoholic Distilled Spirit and Tonic

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 sit down in a park or for taking on a hike. Available from Sea Arch drinks (£28.20 for 12 cans).

Sea Arch

Lillet rosé

This new aperitif from Lillet is extremely well balanced and can be enjoyed as is, over ice, or in a spritz with tonic water. Lillet based in Pondensac in Bordeaux been producing wine for over 150 years, so you can trust they knew what they were doing when they created this summery tipple. The drink blends red and white Grand Cru Bordeaux wines used in Lillet Rouge and Lillet Blanc, then adds Peruvian quinine, as well as sweet orange peels and bitter Haitian orange peel. Available from Master of Malt, £21.20.


Wildpress Apple Juice

When the juice is this good, who needs booze? New brand Wildpress use heritage British varieties of apple from sustainable orchards around the country. There are a range of blends, from the strikingly punchy Somerset Haze, to the bright and tangy variety from Shire Farm in Lincolnshire. These are perfect enjoyed straight or with a little ice and soda to make the bottle stretch. Kids’ll love it. Available from Wildpress Juice (£4.50 per bottle).


Small Beer’s keg

Bring the joy of draught to the park with these two session-strength beer styles in a 5L keg format. These recyclable kegs make for a kind of centrepiece for outdoor dining, bringing a sense of celebration to your picnic. Choose from the mouthwateringly juicy session pale or a refreshingly rich amber steam – both are below 2.8% and showcase great depth of flavour. Available from Small Beer (£24.50 each).

Small Beer

Belvoir sparkling cans

If soft drinks are your jam, get to know the new launch from Belvoir. Flavours include sparkling elderflower, raspberry lemonade, sparkling apple, and ginger beer, and all are made with real fruit juices. These are the perfect not-too-sweet soft drink for when you want a cool and refreshing beverage in the sun. Grab a pack for picnic baskets or walking backpacks, these are top drawer. Available from Sainsbury’s (£4.95 for 4 x 250ml mixed cans).


Shandy Shack’s elderflower lager top

Do you love a lager top? Then you’re in luck: your picnic no longer has to be without your favourite pub tipple. Shandy Shack was founded by 3 friends, including 2 NHS doctors who were hankering after a less alcoholic alternative to high ABV beers. Their elderflower lager top comes in at just 2.5% ABV, with 105 calories per 330ml, and tastes zingy and refreshing, as all good lager tops should. Available at Shandy Shack (£24.95 for 12 cans).

Shandy Shack

Sipful cocktails in a can

For those after a cocktail without the effort, Sipful have the answer. Their blood orange mimosa is the ideal refreshment for a hot day. As is the peach bellini, mixed using organic Spanish white wine with all natural peach juice: it’s the real deal. Enjoy cold, straight from the can. Cocktails can be purchased as 4 or 12 packs for nationwide delivery. Available from Sipful (from £14.95).


Lowlander low and no alcohol beer

If you’re looking for a beer without the alcohol, Lowlander, brewed with reclaimed orange and lemon peel from bars and restaurants in The Netherlands, is refreshing and juicy with bursts of fruit and citrus flavours. It has something of lemonade about it, and is delicious drunk cold. The perfect accompaniment to your park picnic. Available from Sainsbury’s (£1.30/330ml).


Dottie’s Espresso Martini

Dottie’s Espresso Martini is a little on the sweeter side, but it’s the closest thing we’ve found to the drink without being at a bar. The drink even forms a coffee foam when poured into a glass, giving them that freshly made look. A plastic cup or martini glass will bring the bougie feeling that all martinis should. This is the perfect good-time beverage for drinking with friends. Available from Dottie’s (£20 for 4).

Espresso Martini

Pocket Negroni

That most heady of cocktails – the negroni – is packaged in a petite can, small enough to slip into your pocket. The negroni itself is perfectly balanced, heavy with that distinct bittersweet note for which the drink is famous. It’s delicious drunk straight from the can (chilled), or over ice in a glass, if drinking from a can turns you off. Available from Send a Negroni (£30 for 6).

Pocket Negroni

Tanqueray premium gin and tonic cans

It’s the country’s best-loved cocktail, and Tanqueray’s new premium gin and tonic cans are simply the finest. For traditionalists, opt for their London Dry Gin and Tonic but if you’re feeling fancy, give their Flor De Sevilla Gin and Tonic a go, for a fruity, refreshing sip. Available from Waitrose (£2.50).


Minor Figures Nitro

You’ve made it outside, now all you need is that caffeine hit! The perfect morning perk-me-up for a Saturday stroll; these plant-based latte drinks from Minor Figures are refreshingly good for the morning after a boozy night before. Prefer your caffeine green? Try their Matcha Latte (with green tea and oat milk) cans too. All available at Minor Figures (£24 for 12).

Minor Figures

Fourpure Session beers

We are fans of Fourpure’s mission – craft beer, without the fuss. We love the Citrus Session and Session IPA for their good old-fashioned drinkability. Keep them cold to get the most out of flavours on offer here. Available at Fourpure (from £2).

Four Pure

Wild Life Botanicals

Light, refreshing and easy to drink – these ultra low-alcohol mini bottles of fizz are the best booze-free alternative to champagne. We tried the “blush” bottle which has a dry yet fruity flavour and a perfectly bubbly texture. Even better? Each bottle contains 60% fewer calories than prosecco. That’s our kind of a pick-me-up. Available from Wild Life Botanicals (£6 per 20cl bottle).

Or if you’d rather go the whole hog and make the drinks yourself too, check out our homemade drink recipes.

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