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BLAZING June signals hats off to the summer season and the glamour, tradition and excitement synonymous with the grass courts of Wimbledon (June 21 to July 4). Not to mention the Pimms brigade who throng to one of the nation's favourite sporting events.

For spectators who love to soak up the atmosphere but don't have courtside tickets, a stylish garden party and a hamper full of grand slam treats could be a winning combination for tennis fans unable to get within striking distance of the Championships.

A quintessentially English staple for high society "do's" and the posh Tea Lawn at Wimbledon, strawberries and cream with a glass of champagne are a speciality serve. For a taste of the action, try Lanson Rose Label Brut NV (pounds 32.99, Waitrose). Salmon pink with the scent of red berries and forest fruits, it has all the finesse you would expect from a champagne house celebrating its 250th anniversary this year - and the official champagne supplier to the tournament.

An elegant alternative for smaller purses, but the same sophisticated palette is this delectable sparkler from Saumur in the Loire Valley. Ackerman XNoir Sparkling Rose Brut (pounds 8.70, www.drinks2home.co.uk) is a lively glass of bright pink bubbles with raspberry sensations and a refreshing finish. And the impressive black bottle and fuchsia label has enough "X Factor" to be a crowd pleaser!

When it comes to cocktails, think of them as a creative tool and a classy way to enjoy summer in a glass. Try one of these three aces for a taste sensation your friends will love.

. Disaronno Deuce 50ml Disaronno, 25ml single cream, 12.5ml grenadine syrup, four fresh strawberries This pretty concoction is made with the Italian Amaretto liqueur, Disaronno (pounds 12.99, 50cl, supermarkets nationwide). Mix all the ingredients together in a blender with ice and pour into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a fresh strawberry for the finishing touch.

. Umpire's Call 15ml Monin Cucumber syrup, 10ml Monin Green Apple syrup, 40ml rum, three pieces of lime, eight mint leaves French company Monin produce a prize range of syrups made from natural fruit with over 100 lip-smacking flavours. This recipe uses Monin Cucumber (pounds 7.34, 70cl, www.thedrinkshop.com) and Monin Green Apple (pounds 6.69, 70cl, www.thedrinkshop.com). Pour fruit into a glass and muddle with Monin syrups. Fill the glass with ice cubes and add the remaining ingredients. Stir, garnish with cucumber slices and serve.
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Date:Jun 17, 2010
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