Dare to be Different? 5 Drinks You Should Definitely Try!

July 13, 2018

When you think drinks, no doubt, wine, beer, gin, rum and whisky spring to mind!  But do you dare to be different?  From British Cassis to the Summer Colada from Ciroc – here’s 5 delectable drinkies to switch up your spirit collection!

CÎROC Summer Colada Has Your Name On It!

Flavour of the year when it comes to Amazon’s number one selling vodka of 2017, the mouthwateringly delicious limited edition CÎROC Summer Colada is back, inspired our favourite fruity cocktail – the Piña Colada.  The bottle is impressively – definitely a centre piece for your barbecue with its gleaming white coat and gold detail – but that’s just the start!   With natural pineapple and coconut, this summery spirit can be mixed up into a cocktail (50ml CÎROC Summer Colada and 50ml Pineapple Juice served in a tall glass filled with cubed ice and garnished with a wedge of pineapple), but it also tastes amazing on the rocks!  Order yours now from Amazon priced at £39.99 for 70cl.

There are also two limited edition designs in collaboration with GetItInkd which are available exclusively from Selfridges.  The special bottle featuring palm trees and tropical flowers can also feature your names!  The designs are available for a limited-time only at Selfridges stores (Oxford Street, Trafford and Exchange Birmingham) and online while stocks last.


British Cassis

Forget the French Creme de Cassis, it’s all about bold and British with this premium blackcurrant liquer – British Cassis which is made in Herefordshire.  With a beautiful sweetness followed by an unmistakable kick, there is nothing better you can add to a crisp, ice cold glass of bubbles than a drop or two of this luscious liquid.  White Heron on the Whittern Farm pick the finest currants and using a technique which is similar to winemaking, ferment the juice with champagne yeast before adding vodka and sugar for that fruity richness.  Because British Cassis is so versatile, it makes the perfect ingredient for many a cocktail and the brand has just unveiled the Daring to be Different cocktail with a new range of inspiring serves designed exclusively by Stuart Bale – found of creative hub Crucible.  For a taste sensation, try the recipe for the Black Mamba:

30ml Jo Hilditch British Cassis
30ml Gin Mare
30ml Mango Juice
10ml Yuzu juice
2:1 Fructose syrup
5 Basil leaves

We’re  in Cassis heaven!  British Cassis is available now priced at £19.99 from Waitrose.


Mr Black Coffee Amaro

If you’re a coffee lover and the thought of an espresso martini whips you up into a frenzy, you will love Mr Black Coffee Amaro from Aussie coffee brand Mr Black.  Using cold-press Arabica coffee and no less than 14 distilled botanticals including bitter gentian, orange and grapefruit, you’ll love the combination of dark caramel notes and fruity flavours.  For summer, we love this take on the Negroni with Mr Black Coffee Amaro mixed with equal parts of Dry Gin and Sweet Vermouth…  Available from The Whisky Exchange and 31 Dover for £34.



Pampelle is the aperitif you’re about to see everywhere…  Ruby red in colour, it’s the stand out drink for summer with bitter sweet flavours of organic grapefruit, married with citrus botanicals.  Guaranteed to liven up any barbecue, picnic or party, Pampelle’s inspiration, which comes from summers spent on the French Riviera, make it a versatile taste of the Mediterannean – perfect for those hot nights.  For a French twist on the Negroni, it’s Pampelle-perfect!  Try the Pampelle Spritz with two parts Pampelle, three parts Prosecco and one part soda, finished with a ruby grapefruit.  Lip-smackingly good.  Available from The Whisky Exchange, Master of Malt and Gerry’s Wines & Spirits, £20.



Pretty perfect at any time of the year, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur’s gorgeous little limited edition summer giftboxes make the idea pressie for those celebrating in the summer months!  The bright pink box which is covered in raspberries looks good enough to eat, while 50mls of the luscious liquid will go down a treat when mixed with 125ml’s of dry white wine, over ice and topped with soda – there you have a snazzy Chambord Spritz to knocks your guests’ socks off!  Go their website for more uber cool ideas on how to drinks yours.  And don’t throw the box away.  It’s tooooooo cute!  £8 from Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons or Tesco.


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