Your guide on what to drink – including berry bevvies and a revamped pilsner – and where to drink it
Your guide on what to drink and where to drink it
Autumn is on its way and with it the annual jewel-coloured glut of hedgerow berries, from blackberries and rosehips to hawthorns, elderberries and sloes. And it’s not just the usual jams and chutneys you can make from them, either – all these berries make delicious liqueurs, syrups and tonics, perfect for adding a seasonal twist to cocktails and other drinks. Expect to see blackberries until at least the end of September, while hawthorn berries and elderberries will be on the scene until mid-autumn. Rosehips appear in September, while sloes are generally on the scene from October to December. Just remember to be a responsible forager (the Woodland Trust has some useful guidelines), and never pick near busy roads or low on the ground, due to traffic fumes and – ahem – dogs. Stash them in the freezer ready for our Lowdown feature in the October issue, which will be full of advice, tips and recipes for using up these stars of the autumn larder. Sharp’s Brewery decided to rebrand its popular Cornish Pilsner earlier this year, with a lower (hot-weather friendly) ABV and a beachy new aesthetic by Cornish artist Neil Canning. The O team has been quaffing the end result, Offshore, all summer. Zesty, fresh and crisp, the Czech yeast and continental hops in this beer give it a citrussy character beyond your standard pint, and the relatively lower ABV of 4.8% means it’s great for late-summer drinking. £1.75/330ml, Morrisons.