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Wimbledon is fast approaching, so make sure you serve an ace during the tournament with these top shots, says Sam Wylie-Harris WINNING DOUBLES TEAM A PRETTY pink fizz, Perlezza Spumante Rose, Italy (PS9, Spar) is delightfully fresh and crisp with red fruit aromas and notes of strawberry. Pleasantly quaffable with a clean finish, it's a perfect match with strawberries and cream.

ADVANTAGE BURSTING with blackcurrant flavour and a citrusy finish, Lejay Original Creme de Cassis (PS12.99, 37.5cl, Oddbins) tastes utterly delicious in a Kir or a Kir Royale. A simple wine cocktail adored by the French, add a small measure to the bottom of the glass and top with a white Burgundy or champagne. The dark rose hue will also complement strawbs and cream.

UMPIRE'S CALL A DELICIOUS aperitif that bridges the gap between a white wine spritzer and a vodka and tonic, a white port and tonic is this summer's trendy tipple. So much so, sales of Taylor's Chip Dry White Port, Portugal (PS13.29, 75cl, Waitrose) at Waitrose have risen by 25% over the past 12 months. Dry and fresh with nutty aromas and a hint of oak, serve on the rocks topped up with tonic water and a sprig of mint.

JUST THE TICKET A NEWCOMER to the drinks circuit, Ciroc Pink Grapefruit Flavoured Vodka (PS27.99, 70cl, www.drinksupermarket.com) has been gently infused with citrus extract from the peels and oils of pink grapefruit. With a faint note of orange blossom, it resembles pink grapefruit in luxe, liquid form. Serve in a highball glass with plenty of ice and add a splash of cranberry juice and squeeze of fresh lime for a modern twist on a sea breeze cocktail.

WINNING SERVE A STROKE of genius, Sipsmith London Cup (PS18.95, 70cl, www.31dover.com) is the cup of choice for summer soirees. Crafted from the producer's award-winning gin, it's infused and blended with Earl Grey tea, borage, lemon verbena and other botanicals to create its zesty, slightly bitter sweet taste. For the quintessentially English tipple, pour a generous amount into a large wine glass, top with lemonade and garnish with a wheel of lemon.

COMPETITORS CORNWALL-BASED brewery Skinner's has collaborated with illustrators from the world of music and fashion to create a fresh, modern look for their award-winning range of beers. Each new-look label reflects the personality of its ales and favourites such as Hops n Honey Buzzin Honeyed Ale (PS21.85, 12 x 50cl, 4% abv, www.skinnersbrewery.com) and Lushingtons Sunshine Pale Ale (PS21.85, 12 x 50cl, 4.2% abv, www.skinnersbrewery.com) taste refreshing in the great outdoors.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jun 19, 2016
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