Notting Hill Carnival, Europe’s biggest street festival, is on its way, so there couldn’t be a better time to imbibe some Caribbean charm.
To get the party started, try these for size.
According to Caribbean folklore, dark spirits hop islands to steal a share of rum left ageing in oak barrels. They only steal the best though, so The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum (£37.99, 70cl, Selfridges nationwide) is the perfect choice for the ultimate cocktail. A blend of Jamaican and Barbados rum aged in American oak bourbon barrels, this is soft and approachable with a honeyed note on the spicy finish.
THE DUPPY SHARE PUNCH
200ml The Duppy Share, 120ml pineapple juice, 80ml orange juice, 80ml coconut water, 60ml freshly squeezed lime juice, 40ml grenadine, 12 dashes Angostura Bitters. Pour all ingredients into a sharing bowl and stir. Serve in glasses with handles over ice using a ladle, and garnish with lots of fresh fruit.
Hendrick’s, the excellent Scottish gin is usually served with a simple slice of cucumber to enhance its botanicals and 10-plus different flavours (Hendrick’s Gin, £26, 70cl, Sainsbury’s). But Hendrick’s is embracing the trend for punch and come up with this deliciously refreshing alternative to their traditional G&T.
HENDRICK’S SUMMER PUNCH
500ml Hendrick’s Gin, 200ml lemon juice, 70ml elderflower cordial, 30ml maraschino liqueur, 20ml lovage cordial, 1000ml cloudy apple juice.
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and add plenty of summer fruits - strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and lemon wheels. Add a generous scoop of ice, then serve in tea cups over cubed ice.