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Toast the tournament
Thanks to our inclement British weather, the grass courts at SW19 this week are looking greener than a vineyard, and some terrific sporting action should banish any summertime blues.
In between bright spells and showers tennis fans, thirsty for some speciality serves, will be thronging to hospitality tents, but tipplers don’t need a courtside ticket to soak up the garden party atmosphere.
Official champagne sponsor Lanson is celebrating its 30th year at the tournament, and Lanson Rose Label (£36.99, major retailers) will be adding some summer sparkle to picnic blankets on the Tea Lawn, and tennis-inspired parties with a big screen.
Another grand slam pour, Jacob’s Creek, is the official wine sponsor, and has created some delicious wine cocktails which will be served during the two weeks.
For a refreshing spritzer, try Jacob’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc, S E Australia (£7.89, Tesco) in this classic favourite that’s tuned to the matches.
Grass Court Cooler 125ml Jacob’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc 35ml apple juice 35ml lemonade, mint sprig Place ice cubes in a high-ball or large wine glass, add a measured 125ml serve of Jacob’s Creek Sauvignon Blanc, top with 35ml apple juice and add lemonade. Garnish with a mint sprig.
New on the shelves and the next big thing for smart garden parties, Sipsmith Summer Cup (£18.50, 50cl, Waitrose) is the latest addition to Sipsmith’s portfolio of handcrafted vodkas and gins. Blending Sipsmith Gin with various ingredients including Earl Grey tea, cardamom, cucumber and orange, it’s designed to be mixed with lemonade. Here’s the recipe to try at home.
Sipsmith Summer Cup Take a jug or glass and marry one part Sipsmith Summer Cup with three parts lemonade. Combine over ice with seasonal summer fruits and mint for a deliciously refreshing summer drink, bursting with natural flavours.