Whether you're at home, the bach, or a tent in the middle of nowhere, these are the five spirits and liqueurs you don't want to be without these summer holidays
Possibly the most important spirit in our holiday booze line-up, gin appears in favourite classic cocktails such as martinis, negronis and the French 75. But of course, the main reason we need gin in our cupboard is so that we can make the ultimate summer tipple: the G&T.
Vodka isn't nearly as flavourful as gin, and while that may make it a little less exciting, it also means it's much more versatile as a mixer. Whatever sodas or juices you happen to have on hand in the fridge, you can bet vodka will pair with it. Plus, it's the base of one of the most refreshing summer quenchers: the Kiwi and Mint Julep.
Light rum is another versatile spirit that's essential for many summer cocktails. Both light and dark rum are fantastic as the base of a summer punch (ginger ale, pineapple juice, mint and lime all work well), while light rum is essential for a mojito or daiquiri.
We're calling it: the Aperol Spritz is the official drink of the summer. If you haven't tried Aperol yet, it's an Italian aperitif made with bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and cinchona. As well as pairing with prosecco and soda for the spritz, we love it swapped out with Campari for a lighter twist on a negroni and with tequila and grapefruit for an Aperol Paloma.
No self-respecting Brit would go through July without a few Pimms Cups in the sun – mixed the traditional way with lemonade or ginger ale, fresh fruit and mint leaves. The original needs no improvement, but we also like it with a splash of gin added. See our version, the Pimms and Blue.