Summertime in the United Kingdom may be fleeting, but when it’s here we love to make the most of it with chilled drinks and signature cocktails! In the Driver household, a ‘V&T’ has been the family favourite during lockdown. Here, Sarah shares her secret summer drink, which pays homage to the chalky Sussex climate that produces a rich, fortified wine.
I’ve found a V&T makes a nice change from a G&T and it’s also relatively low in alcohol at just 17% (before you’ve added the tonic), as opposed to about 40% if you use gin. I also really like it neat, in a large glass with big chunks of ice. For special occasions, our son, Archie, concocts a Sussex Aperitivo, for a refreshing cocktail before a meal. He doubles up on the mix so I can bottle it in the fridge (or freeze it) and make it last for a few days. We take our drinks very seriously in the Driver household!
My husband, Mark, loves using our Vermouth in a Sussex Martini with our Seven Sisters Gin . Simple, elegant and iconic, a Sussex Martini is best served in a freezing cold glass with a bitter orange medallion to garnish. A Driver family favourite is to sample a Seven Sisters Martini with olives or pickled chillies if you want to experiment.
To share our love for these versatile spirits with you, we’ve curated a Sussex Martini Case, available in our shop which is a great introduction to Sussex spirits. Do send us your pictures and let us know what you think!
You can now purchase our Seven Sisters Dry White Vermouth 2018 from our online shop. Visit SevenSistersHQ.com for cocktail recipies and discover how our spirits are made, using grapes grown and hand-harvested from the Rathfinny Estate.