The Great British Summertime: A period of shindigs and celebrations. Will it rain? Will it shine? We aren’t to know, nor should we care.
Perhaps a spot of boules on the lawn is your idea of a blow out or maybe you prefer an all weather wingding? Either way, pick your poison, it’s August which means it’s time for a good old fashioned jollification with your chosen chums.
Whether you’re organising a traditionally civilised English garden party or an all out raucous hootenanny- we’ve got the perfect cocktails to galvanise your guests.
Firstly we have the Mr Hobbs Gin Summer Twist*
*Full disclosure, truth be told and all! We have been experimenting with this particular potation since the Spring time when it debuted at The Ideal Home Show. However, we think you’ll agree it works perfectly well for Summer also- who can even tell the difference between our seasons sometimes anyway?
Mr Hobbs Gin Summer Twist
Mr Hobbs Gin
Wheel of Lemon
Sprig of Rosemary
Pop plenty of good quality ice into a tall, elegant glass and pour over a 50ml slug of Mr Hobbs Gin. Add several drops of fresh lemon juice and fill to the top with Mediterranean Fever-Tree tonic water. To garnish, we suggest a wheel of lemon and a sprig of rosemary. Extra points if any of the items were personally grown by you, definitely mention it once or thrice whilst divvying out the refreshments and pointing to your herb garden or flourishing lemon tree.
Up next, Mr Hobbs Rhubarb & Ginger Sippity Doo Dah. The name stems from the nature of the glass and the strength of the drink- sipping please ladies and gentleman, or should I say genteel men.
Mr Hobbs Rhubarb & Ginger Sippity Doo Dah
Mr Hobbs Rhubarb & Ginger Fruit Flavoured Gin Liqueur
Fresh Lime Juice
Finely Sliced Ginger Root
A Ribbon of Rhubarb
Take your finest Coupette glass and add several drops of fresh lime juice, swill around the entirety of the vessel until lightly coated and dash the excess into the sink. Next, pop in a generous measure of Mr Hobbs Rhubarb & Ginger Fruit Flavoured Gin Liqueur- approximately ½ of the glass should be liqueur. Fill to the top with a beautiful Brut Champagne of your choice. Once the drink has been constructed it’s time to garnish with a ribbon of rhubarb placed delicately to line the interior circumference, you can either use your bog-standard old vegetable peeler for this or you can feel decidedly modern and grab the spiralizer, sweetie. Lastly, take a very thinly sliced piece of ginger root, make a small incision and sandwich the rim of the glass between the piece as though it is straddling the Coupette.
Our third and final recommendation of tipples to tantalize is the fresh and fizzy Mr Hobbs Raspberry & Elderflower Aqua Vitae
Mr Hobbs Raspberry & Elderflower Aqua Vitae
Mr Hobbs Raspberry & Elderflower Fruit Flavoured Gin Liqueur
San Pellegrino Water
A couple of Basil Leaves
Edible Flowers (optional)
A Bouquet of Garden Mint
Belvoir Elderflower Pressé
In a punch bowl decant an entire bottle of Mr Hobbs Raspberry & Elderflower fruit flavoured gin liqueur and pop in a berg of ice. Add to the concoction 1 ltr of San Pellegrino Sparkling Water – or acqua frizzante if you want to use the technical term- along with ½ a bottle of Belvoir Elderflower Pressé. Garnish the bowl with fresh raspberries, sprigs of basil (don’t overdo it or you’ll end up with a cold pesto flavour soup if you’re not careful). Now this is where it sometimes gets a bit controversial, but a few edible flowers will really provide the pièce de résistance but I know some might deem this obscenely ostentatious. Finally, get a number of classic Collins glasses (well, one per guest should suffice) and slap a bouquet of mint leaves and run around the rim of each of them. Now just pop your serving ladle into said bowl and watch as mayhem ensues.
We hope you have the most superb Summer and that you get to drink more gin than you did last year yet less than you will next.
– Mr Hobbs Gin, self-appointed cocktail connoisseurs.