Pimms and summer go hand-in-hand and while the rain poured in London last night, I was intrigued to try out the Pimms summer garden pop-up in Leicester Square. Ending today (get in quick), with guaranteed sunshine, picnic blankets, scotch eggs, and Wimbledon on the big screen, what better place to go for a classic No.1 or to try the new Blackberry and Elderflower concoction.
For a gin fan like me it will always be the classic, however if you prefer something vodka-based and fruity, this refreshing new tipple is ideal – just add lemonade or sparkling water, top with some ice and summer berries and make for the garden.
*You can get a 70cl bottle from Waitrose for £16.
I’m not usually a fan of cider, especially the sweet, gassy varieties however this dry, crisp vintage cider from Asda’s Extra Special range is delicious! Refreshing with flavours of gently spiced apples, I’ll definitely be chilling some of these for the next summer barbie.
I am partial to a good old crumble but while rhubarb is in season, I can’t help but make a few (many) of these refreshing cocktails!
To form the base of the drinks, first you’ll need to make a batch of rhubarb syrup…
Ingredients – makes 500ml(ish)
4 cups fresh rhubarb, chopped
1 cup golden caster sugar
1 cup cold water
In a saucepan, bring the rhubarb, sugar and water to the boil. Gently simmer for 10-15 minutes until the sugar has dissolved, the rhubarb is soft, and the mixture has thickened. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve to collect the juice. Keep the remaining ‘mush’ – it’s delicious mixed with natural yoghurt.
Rhubarb and gin fizz
Ingredients – makes one
50ml rhubarb syrup
1 shot (35ml) gin
150ml sparkling water
Juice of 1/4 lime
Lime wedge, to garnish
Mix the syrup, gin and lime juice and pour over ice into a short glass. Top with sparkling water and a wedge of lime.
Ingredients – makes two
50ml rhubarb syrup
200ml sparkling wine
Pour the syrup into two fluted glasses and top with sparkling wine – cava for a drier tipple and prosecco if you prefer something a bit fruitier. Enjoy!
Make the most of the sun today and head over to Ibérica La Terraza at Canary Wharf for a spot of Spanish tapas and a glass of wine or a cava cocktail. Located amongst the trees of Cabot Square it’s the ideal location to while away the hours!
The terrace bar offers a limited edition menu but if you fancy something more substantial, cross the road to the main restaurant for a Spanish feast. To celebrate the upcoming Rioja Tapas Fantasticas festival (15th-16th June), for the next two weeks you can also enjoy a complimentary tapa when you order a glass of Rioja in a selection of Spanish restaurants. At Iberica, we enjoyed these mussels with cauliflower puree alongside a cold glass of Londoño Blanco.
In true Spanish style why not go on a tapas trawl across London? Have a look here to find out where else you can enjoy a free dish alongside your Rioja.