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Byline: COLIN PRESSDEE

THROUGH the sunshine and showers of Wimbledon fortnight, many bottles of one of Britain's most iconic drinks will be made into a colourful fruit cocktail, sold by the glass or the jug to eager crowds.

Pimms is a real favourite as an al fresco drink and it appears in tents all over events, from Lords to Henley, Ascot and Hampton Court. It's a great drink for it can be quite powerful if required on a wet summer day, to a mere hint of its flavour diluted well for a steamy hot day.

Pimms is traditionally diluted with lemonade, but the quality of the lemonade is perhaps the key to making a good Pimms. I personally prefer to use tonic water, soda, or a sparkling mineral water so the taste of the Pimms is not overpowered.

My days of drinking copious quantities of G and T are long over, but I have noticed how sweet all the mixers seem in this era.

Fortunately I have recently discovered Fever Tree soft drinks and the firm part sponsored the Guild of Food Writers Awards Party last month.

Its tonic is lightly aromatic, which complements Pimms and other spirits so well. The ginger beer is just as I remember as a youngster when it came in those heavy brown squat bottles.

Light summer drinks are highly recommended on a hot day, and a delicious inexpensive cocktail can be made as a spritzer, jazzed up with some fruit just as a Pimms.

A fruity sauvignon blanc from Chile is ideal for this, but also try a dry fino sherry. The dilution should be judged according to the day and occasion.

But certainly just a touch of wine or sherry - maximum 25% - will make a refreshing drink. If you are looking for a non alcoholic cocktail try with Torres Natureo dealcoholised wine, which has all the flavour of a dry fruity wine with only 0.5% alcohol.

With ice, tonic and a slice of lemon, a wedge of cucumber and perhaps topped with a strawberry it is a great and safe summer drink.

BEST BUYS Fever Tree soft drinks - Mediterranean Tonic, Ginger Beer etc Torres Natureo, pounds 5.99 Pimm's original Number One Cup
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 2, 2011
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