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Great British Summer Cocktails

The British Social Calendar is upon us – something that drink and food go hand in hand with. Whether making them at home or choosing from the bar menu, fresh, fruity cocktails needn’t be tricky yet will enhance the fun, attests Iain Hewitt, our Bar Manager.

Festive cocktails

 

Our Great British Summer is the season for cocktails. Whether you’re entertaining friends at home or out on the social scene (Wimbledon, Ascot, Henley to name a few) the fresh and varied flavours lend themselves to balmy summer evenings and picnics out on the lawn.

A personal favourite is the classic Tom Collins: homemade lemonade with a good shot of old fashioned Old Tom style gin. You can mix the same recipe up with a range of different bases, but somehow I always come back to Christian Jensen’s self-named 1830’s recipe Jensen’s Old Tom Gin. Naturally, adding summer fruits such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries into the mix before we shake makes for another experience altogether.

The same can be said for the Mojito or the Caipirihna: fresh fruit makes all the difference in these rum-based cocktails and when you throw in something extra into the concoction, you can tease your palate with a wholly different experience. Mixing things up like that is the mark of a true cocktail bar – somewhere you can trust the bar tender to adjust the recipes to your needs and desires at a moment’s notice (assuming they have a fully-stocked kitchen to help out with the ingredients!).

Champagne is a versatile drink on a warm summer’s evening, whether as an aperitif, alongside food or as a digestif afterwards. Simple additions like fruit purée for a Bellini (traditionally peach, though raspberry, strawberry or even mango purées are delicious too) is a longer, fresher drink that will keep you going for a while.

That said, alcohol, fun as it is, isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to cocktails, especially with kids present, being the designated driver, or if you just don’t fancy it. A good Florida Cocktail, Mockito or Cranberry Crush will refresh and hydrate wonderfully while keeping you sober to enjoy your days and evenings in the sun.

So now onto the making!

Summer Cocktails

The team at the Bacchus Bar has been creating new cocktails for the summer. Here are two new colourful cocktails to try using the delicious Italian aperitif, Aperol, made from oranges, herbs and roots.

Aperol Spritz 
This delicious drink is made of 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 splash of soda, ice and orange. Extremely refreshing and light on the pallet.

Aperol Betty 
Slightly more fruity than the Spritz –  a true summer drink. Made of 2 parts Aperol, 1 part orange juice, 1 part grapefruit juice, ice and then shaken.

Both are ideal cocktails to enjoy on a summer’s evening at Donnington Valley.

Donnington Valley Hotel & Spa team.

A Summer Coffee Cocktail

Coffee plays a crucial role in today’s modern society. In 2004, coffee was the top agricultural export in twelve countries. The coffee we use here at Donnington is Lavazza, an Italian roasted bean. Although coffee was not invented in Italy, coffee is very much part of the Italian culture.

Although coffee is traditionally served as a hot drink, it’s also a great ingredient for a perfect summer cocktail. Here at Donnington Valley we have our own range of cocktails named after Greek gods in keeping with name of our main bar, Bacchus bar.  Our coffee of the month is coffee cocktail Hades, a cool coffee digestive.

Hades is known as King of the Underworld, and the hidden wealth of the Earth and brother to Zeus.

How to make Hades.
50ml – Baileys
25ml – milk
25ml – cream
1 shot – Lavazza espresso shot
25ml – Jameson’s Whisky

Shake all ingredients together and strain into a martini glass.
Garnish with chocolate powder and a coffee bean.

Why not stop by the bar at Donnington Valley Hotel and Spa and try this or one of our other coctails? www.donningtonvalley.co.uk

Quick question for you coffee lovers what is the rarest and most expensive cups of coffee in the world?

A) Kopi Luwak

Rob Smith
Bar Manager

Al-Fresco Drinks

We are now coming into the summer period when temperatures are at their most favorable, and outdoor dining is becoming a popular option for a dinner party or hosting a gathering of friends. I have put together a list of my favorite Al-Fresco drinks, which are perfect for any occasion.

  1.  Citrus ice tea
    A refreshing option for an alternative to your traditional cup of tea. It’s an ideal accompaniment to a selection of sandwiches or cakes.
  2. Mojito
    A great way to start an evening, including fresh mint to enhance the flavour.
  3. Cosmopolitans
    A popular a classic cocktail, which looks as good as it tastes.
  4. Cucumber and elderflower spritzer
    A refreshing non-alcoholic option, ideal for re-hydrating
  5. Summer berry smoothie
    A healthy option packed with lots of fruit. Strawberries, blackberries and raspberries are all at their best during the summer months and add a real freshness to this drink.
  6. Traditional Pimms and lemonade
    A perfect pre-dinner option, perfect for special occasions
  7. Lychee Martini
    A lively martini with a hint of summer. A simple, but delicious drink with a hint of the exotic.
  8. Amaretto fizz
    Perfect for celebrating. For something a little fruitier than a simple glass of fizz, add a shot of amaretto and a 2 shots of orange juice to sparkling wine.

Our patio area, overlooked by the attractive pond area, provides a perfect setting for an Alfresco gathering. Stop by to enjoy casual drinks with family and friends or make a selection from our tempting menu and enjoy lunch or dinner in relaxed surroundings.http://www.donningtonvalley.co.uk/a_dining.asp