THIS week Taste mixes up some cool cocktails for the Bank Holiday weekend.
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: think rum punches, fruity long drinks and other tropical concoctions. To get the party started, here are some suggestions.
Rum enthusiasts will recognise the meaning of the ‘duppy share’, the dark spirits in Caribbean folklore who hop islands to steal a share of rum left ageing in oak barrels. The Duppy Share Caribbean Rum (£37.99, 70cl, Selfridges nationwide) is the perfect choice for the ultimate communal 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 JAMAICAN PUNCH Serves 4 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 the 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). So isn’t it nice to see Hendrick’s embracing the current trend for punch and coming up with this deliciously refreshing alternative to their traditional G&T.
HENDRICK’S SUMMER PUNCH Serves 10 500ml Hendrick’s Gin 200ml lemon juice, 70ml elderflower cordial 30ml maraschino liqueur 20ml lovage cordial 1000ml cloudy apple juice.
Combine all the ingredients together in a bowl and add plenty of summer fruits - strawberries, raspberries, cucumber and lemon wheels. Add a generous scoop of ice, then serve in tea cups.