With a long bank holiday weekend on it’s way – and another one shortly after – there can often be a pressure to go out and enjoy it by drinking all day and partying all night. Unfortunately for me, even this soon since payday I’m not wholly convinced my bank account can stretch to a 4 day drinking session so I’ve decided to share some of the recipes to my favourite home made cocktails.
The Northern Girl’s take on Tinto Verano.
If you’ve ever spent any amount of time in the middle regions of Spain in the summer you’ll have probably discovered Tinto Verano – if you haven’t it’s sangria’s fruity and sparkling sister. Super easy to make, the fruitier the better. I was inspired to make this at home when I had some red wine left over from cooking.
- 150ml San Pellegrino or similar lemon based sparkling drink. I find with this drink, the better the lemon the better the drink but you could use regular lemonade and add a dash of lemon juice
- 50ml Red Wine. I’m not the biggest red wine drinker so this mix is perfect for me but feel free to add more red wine to your taste.
If gin is your drink… discover the mirrorball.
- 50ml gin
- 50ml elderflower cordial
- Top with soda water
- 3 dashes of lemon juice – the kind you would put on your pancakes
- 3 shots (75ml) Prosecco
- 2 shots (50ml) Aperol
- Top with soda
- Garnish with orange
Drinking out in London
It doesn’t have to be all drinking in this weekend. If you’re about in London, get yourself on to Drinki – an app that gives you free drinks in London. You can view the bars by map and it’s a great opportunity to discover new drinks. If you’re about for the Greenwich Tall Ships Festival, hit up Rum and Sugar in Canary Wharf on your way for THE best Strawberry Mojito I have ever had. Sign up with the link below and you’ll get two extra free drinks, exclusively for readers of The Northern Girl’s Guide to London! Already have the app? Input code NGGUIDE01.
What are your plans for the long weekend? Leave me a comment to let me know what’s going on or what your favourite drinks at home are NG x