Autumn might just be around the corner, and dark nights are on the way. But Jo Aspin is giving you all the reasons to be excited about September with the top five alcoholic drinks you should be trying this month.
1. 58 Gin
This London-based artisan spirits distillery drops two new handcrafted gin blends this September. Made in Haggerston with wonky fruit and foraged berries the 58 English Berry Gin has been twice distilled and crafted over six months using foraged sloe berries from Kent, while the pink 58 Apple & Hibiscus Gin is vapour distilled alongside hibiscus flowers and made with wonky Cox’s apples collected from across the UK which would otherwise go to waste.
Available From :£32.95 from Master of Malt
2. Two Days
Heading to the park for late summer socially distanced catch up? Here’s a new canned bevy to stick in your picnic bag. Two Days flavoured vodka sodas are low ABV and have less than 63 calories per can. The British vodka is five times distilled and then combined with lightly sparkling water with a dash of added fruit. Choose from lime or raspberry flavours.
Available From: Two Days Drinks Store Limited Edition Taster Pack for £12, including 2 x Lime and 2 x Raspberry vodka sodas and both flavours available to purchase through the website in 8 (£24), 12 (£33) and 24 size packs (£60).
3. Appleton 8
One for the rum collectors – Jamaica’s Appleton Estate has a new blend out to commemorate its 250 anniversary. Appleton 8 Year Old has been crafted by ‘Master Blender’ Joy Spence and is made with minimum 8-year-old rum giving it a smoother, fuller flavour with hints of honey, vanilla and Appleton Estate’s homegrown orange peel. Use it in your Mai Tai cocktails or equally good enough to sip neat!
Available From: RRP £30. Available from Whisky Exchange and Waitrose
4. Harveys Aperitivo
Exclusive to the UK and developed by the renowned Harveys Bodega in southern Spain, we bring you two spritzers to liven up your final summer soirées.
Harveys Orange is a blend of two grape varieties – Palomino and Muscatel – with an aroma of bitter orange, tangerine and aromatic herbs. Harveys Pink is made of three grape varieties – Palomino, Tintilla de Rota (a local rare red wine) and Muscatel – and has a subtle aroma of red fruits and flowers. Both are best enjoyed poured over ice, topped up with soda water and finished with a couple of red berries (Pink) or a slice of orange (Orange). Cheers!
Available From: Harveys Aperitivo Pink is available at Tesco stores nationwide, priced £11.50 for a 75cl bottle.
Available From: Harveys Aperitivo Orange is available in Sainsburys (for a limited time), priced £11.50 for a 75cl bottle.
Cutest packaging award this month goes to …… Vacay. Created by a team of mixologists and using all-natural ingredients and top quality spirits, the collection of four craft canned cocktails features Moscow Mule (vodka, ginger beer, lime juice and bitters), Tom Collins (London gin with Sicilian lemon), Paloma (tequila, pink grapefruit and lime), and Vodka Soda (vodka, blood orange, hibiscus and lemon juice).
Each can has its own design with cute, contemporary illustrations. Consider these your perfect companion for this year’s Staycay!
Available From: 4 packs from £18 from Vacay Store
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Chatting Food Contributor Jo Aspin
Half American / half (born and bred) Londoner, Jo Aspin is a food writer and established freelance food, drink and lifestyle PR. She’ll be reporting on all the latest restaurant openings and news from the capital.