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LIFE in lockdown so far has been mainly sunny which has meant more than one or two gins in the garden.

My daughter escaped from London just before lockdown kicked in; which means I have a partner in crime and she's introduced me to my very favourite gin experience. The gin sour.

It is so, so easy and delicious. I've picked up a gin every week from Lidl during my essential shop: Finton's Special London Dry Gin (PS9.99, or PS13.13 in Scotland) - which does the trick.

This is my version of the gin sour: Add 15ml of fresh lemon juice, 15 ml of fresh lime juice and 15ml of sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker. (If you don't have one, use an old jam jar, or even a water bottle - and it's also easy to make your own syrup). Then add an egg white. Shake and shake until the mixture becomes frothy and white.

Strain it over a measure of gin and ice. We've shaken it with the ice and gin too and poured into cocktail glasses with a curl of zest.

Just go with what you fancy. Then relish it.

I haven't used my newest gin discovery to make my zesty gin sour livener as it is very interesting in its own right. Cotswolds Dry Gin (RRP: PS34.95,, Waitrose, Majestic, Oddbins, Laithwaites, below left) performs a little act of chemistry every time you add tonic. Because of the way it is made, it turns cloudy. This is mainly due to the volume of essential oils, particularly from the freshly peeled lime and grapefruit used in production. Hence its signature pour - the cloudy G&T. (There's a temporary lockdown delivery offer if you order directly from the distillery; delivery is free on orders over PS25, normally over PS75).

I hit the kitchen to turn some lockdown leftovers into a 'kind of' risotto. I used Sunday roast chicken, homemade stock, leeks, celery and mushrooms and then stirred in frozen peas and parmesan basil and parsley.

It was great, but the star of the show was the consistently delicious Yealands Reserve Sauvignon Blanc (Waitrose, PS11.59) - a bite and sizzle of zesty acidity with tropical fruit undertones - well not so much undertones as full on rock (a nod to music there).

International Sauvignon Blanc Day is celebrated on May 1 - you've missed it there's always time to play catch-up with a glass of savvie B. Find out more online at A pink which has sat alongside me in the lockdown sun is one of my favourites. Mirabeau's Classic Provence Rose (RRP PS11.99 - Waitrose & Ocado, below) has been named as the "Best of Show French Roses" by respected wine competition Mundus Vini in 2020. It is everything you could want from a rose; refreshing and bright with red fruits, raspberries and strawberries.

Finally, if the Co-op is on your list of essential shop destinations, a pretty little prosecco Corte Molino Prosecco DOC Extra Dry is on offer until May 12 (PS7 from PS8.50). Make a Venetian Bellini by blitzing up the flesh of a few white peaches and spooning the puree into chilled flutes. Top up with prosecco.

Stay safe and healthy.

| Jane is a member of the Circle of Wine Writers. Find her on social media and online as One Foot in the Grapes.

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:May 2, 2020
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