Drink news: August 2016

Find out what olive booze pro Sarah Kingsbury has tipped to be drinking in August

Seasonal brews


Hop-packed IPAs are so last summer. Instead you should be drinking fruity saisons and mouth-puckering sours such as Magic Rock Brewing’s Salty Kiss – aka team olive’s new obsession. Made in the German gose style (a type of tart, lightly sour wheat beer), this is flavoured with gooseberry, sea buckthorn and sea salt and works brilliantly as a refreshing brew to enjoy in the sunshine or (thanks to the salty edge) with spicy food. £1.75/330ml, magicrockbrewing.com

Shaking things up

I’ll use any excuse to visit Dandelyan: with innovative drinks, fantastic staff and a view of St Paul’s, it’s my favourite bar in London. The latest menu features cocktails such as Monkey Magic (rum, coconut kefir, grass cordial, passion fruit and oak falernum (a kind of syrup). Legendary 69 Colebrooke Row (Tony Conigliaro’s bar in Islington) has also revamped its offering, adding a caper-leaf martini and honey and pollen bellini, but don’t worry, the prairie oyster (tomato ‘yolk’, horseradish vodka, oloroso, shallots, pepper, celery salt) hasn’t gone anywhere. @Dandelyan; 69colebrookerow.com

Not only does this Somerset bottle look impressive, it stands up when it comes to taste, too. Pilton is one of only a few cider makers to still use the traditional keeving process to produce its sparkling cider. It’s refreshing, strikes just the right note of sweetness, and has (at least for our editor, who’s from the West Country) that familiar aroma of Somerset. £7.50/750ml, piltoncider.com

Hot ticket

Rivington Shoreditch is offering £5 G&T’s between 5-7pm every day, with a different gin each week, to include Fords, Cotswolds, and Gin Mare. Plus, there’s no end date in sight. Ditch the gym and hit the gin! rivingtonshoreditch.co.uk

Where to be seen

Edinburgh may well be one of the cities leading the global charge in the world of cocktails, but Glasgow is not to be overlooked. There are some exceptional bars in Glasgow’s ultra-cool West End, from converted churches to typical Scottish boozers and the recently renovated Merchant City. For cocktails, head to The Finnieston, where you can pair some amazing seafood with great libations such as the team’s take on a classic arsenic and old lace (gin, crème de violette, lemon juice and star anise syrup) or the house special, The Finnieston Club Cocktail which is inspired by Glaswegian cocktail culture and the club cocktails of legendary bars. For £7 a pop, no night out in Glasgow is complete without a cocktail here. thefinniestonbar.com (Words by Joel Harrison)

Cocktail of the month

We all have a dusty bottle of limoncello stuck at the back of a cupboard, probably a panicked purchase at the airport in a desperate attempt to squeeze the last drops out of a holiday. But somehow it doesn’t taste the same; is it the setting? Perhaps you bought the wrong brand? Well it doesn’t have to be like that. Making your own is surprisingly easy and free
from any nasty preservatives or artificial flavourings. Take it, as a gift, to a late summer BBQ, use it in ice lollies, or knock-up this easy twist on a Collins.

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