Food

What will you drink as you Royal-Watch?

Debra Taylor, trade development manager, Select Brands

Thursday, April 26, 2018

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The excitement is palpable as the world eagerly watches for upcoming events that will make 2018 a most exciting year for Britain's Royal family.

Among them are:

Royal Baby watch…the birth of the fifth heir to the throne has happened and Royal watchers are now speculating on his name and christening date.

The highly anticipated Royal Wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle on Saturday, May, 19.

The June celebration of The Queen's 92nd birthday; and the release of Harry & Meghan: A Royal Romance on Lifetime network on Sunday, May 13. The story documents the couple's romance amid rumours of their imminent engagement. It also looks at the life of Meghan Markle from childhood to her acting and modelling careers and her role as a human rights ambassador for the UN.

No matter the time of day or day of the week, here are a few delights you should include in your beverage repertoire as we all sip in anticipation:

 

• Pimm's No 1 Cup started in the 1840s and is now the quintessential British cocktail. Mr Pimm, a farmer's son from Kent, became the owner of an oyster bar in the city of London, near the Bank of England. He offered the tonic (a gin-based drink containing a secret mixture of herbs and liqueurs) as an aid to digestion, serving it in a small tankard known as a No 1 Cup, hence its name. Pimm's is also the Number 1 drink at Wimbledon!

 

• Newcastle Brown Ale is a true one and only. Brewed with a unique blend of a pale malt and darker caramel malt to give its smooth, characteristic flavour and colour, it is a wee 4.7% ABV. Serve cold; it is a delight with barbecued and smoked meats.

 

• The Brits love their sparkling wines and one in five of every bottle of wine sold in the UK last year was Prosecco; no wonder why their sparkling wines industry is growing rapidly! So we recommend our highly acclaimed Santa Margherita Prosecco which has fine bubbles winding through its bright straw-yellow colour and greenish reflections. Its aromas show peaches and sweet flowers, and its flavour includes fruity hints of pineapples and apples.

 

Wine lovers, unite and celebrate with our multi-award- winning Mud House Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

All this and we are not through the first half of the year…we cannot wait to see what the second half will reveal! Cheers…

 

Pimm's No 1 Cup recipe:
Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Pimm's No 1...
1 navel orange, cut crosswise into thin slices
1 lemon, cut crosswise into thin slices
3/4 cup firmly packed mint leaves and tender stems
1 1/2 cups cold ginger ale or lemon lime soda
1 cucumber, cut lengthwise into 8 wedges
About 3 cups ice

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