Food & Drink

Summer Cocktails Made Better with Fentimans

With experience and heartfelt craftsmanship dating back to 1905, Fentimans has mastered the art of creating the perfectly balanced drink. The award-winning beverage brand, established by Thomas Fentiman, hails from Great Britain, and has gone on to impress the world with their botanically brewed goodness. It all began with their ginger beer, and Fentimans continued on to create a dynamic and tasty array of drinks. They make the best tonic water for a classic G&T, and have mastered their dandelion and burdock, an old British classic. Fentimans distills all of their products for seven days, ensuring each of their unique flavours are beautiful potent and accurate.

Today, I'm going to show you a few of my favourite summer drinks and cocktails; all made with Fentimans. The drinks will give off unique, elegant, and clean flavours, perfect for boozy weekends up at the cottage, evenings on a sunny patio down in the city, or right at home in your own backyard. Let's get started!

The Romantic Rose Lemonade G&T

The clean tasting rose lemonade from Fentimans adds extra elegance and class to the traditional gin & tonic. With delicate floral notes this soda does not overpower the gin, but rather accents it, leaving a fresh taste that's straight from the garden.

~ Fill up your Collins glass with lots of ice ~

~ Add in 1.5 - 2oz (depending on your preference) of Hendricks gin ~

~ Garnish with lime, lemon, or cucumber ~

~ Give the drink a stir to ensure a balance taste ~

If you are not fond of floral flavours, try Fentimans classic tonic water for an equally refreshing experience. 

The Brooding Black Russian

Dark and moody, this sweet classic is made better with the smoothness of Fentimans cool curiosity cola, which brings out the vanilla and espresso notes within the KahlΓΊa

~ Fill up a tumbler glass with lots of ice ~

~ Start by adding in 1.5 - 2oz (depending on your preference) of Grey Goose vodka ~

~ Add in 0.5oz of KahlΓΊa ~

~ Top off with Fentimans curiosity cola ~

~ Garnish with a fresh cherry ~

The Luxurious Lemonberry Tom Collins

Tart and fruity, this summertime favourite is perfect for sunny days spent on the dock- and that colour; it's just like a cottage country sunset.

~ Fill up a cocktail shaker with lots of ice ~

~ Add in 1.5 - 2oz (depending on your preference) of Tanqueray gin ~

~ Fill with one bottle of Fentimans Victorian lemonade ~

~ Include one generous handful of frozen raspberries and blackberries ~

~Seal and mix for fifteen seconds ~

~ Pour in to a Collins glass and garnish with additional frozen berries ~

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The Phoenix Mule with Ginger Beer

~ Muddle limes with Canadian whiskey in the bottom of a cocktail shaker ~

~ Add ice and shake, straining the mixture into a Collins glass full of ice ~

~ Fill with Fentiman's ginger beer and garnish with a lime ~

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Rum & Roots with Dandelion and Burdock

~ Fill up a Collins glass with lots of ice ~

~ Start by adding in 2oz of Zacapa 23 dark rum ~

~ Top off with Fentimans dandelion and burdock ~

~ Garnish with an orange twist and cinnamon stick ~


This post is in collaboration with Fentimans North America, but my passion for these incredible sodas and mixers is all my own.

Spring in London Town, Part 1: The Best Full English & Sunshine in the Park

There is something about the season of spring, especially when you're in London and in love.

After a busy semester at school, London was calling my name. London, as I am sure most of you know, is my most favourite place on Earth. While there, I feel alive, clear-minded, and inspired. It is staggeringly beautiful, timeless, and is full of resilient and talented people. Returning to London feels like coming home in many ways. I have spent so many days and nights full of laughter in this city; moments I won't ever forget. My boyfriend Pete, and my best friends Amber and Ollie, live in London. I stay with them when I come over. We are all such close friends, making for great double dates and wonderful company. There is something about the season of spring, especially when you're in London and in love.

On this particular day, a sunny-as-ever Wednesday, we decided to go to one of our favourite breakfast spots - the Recency Cafe in Pimlico. It claims to have the best English breakfast in London, and I honestly couldn't agree more. It is a no nonsense joint. You go up, you order, and they slam a mug of hot tea in front of you while you wait for your order to be loudly called by the owner, who happens to be a really, really cool guy. The standard breakfast consists of eggs, bacon, a sausage, toast, and beans - though, I always add hash browns to mine. The cafe also has so many other breakfast and lunch standards, including eggs, ham, and chips, burgers, and pies.

To walk off our delicious food, we wandered through Pimlico to beautiful Westminster. Having lived in and travelled to London so many times, I very rarely go back to this part of the city. It was so wonderful to see it all again, especially the Elizabeth Tower - an old favourite. It was the perfect place to capture some iconic London shots for my collaboration with Daniel Wellington - more soon over on my Instagram. On our way through, we saw a parade of Guardsmen. I had never really seen them up close like this before - and so many of them at once. I am so glad that I was able to grab a shot, as they started swiftly marching away just as we had approached them. 

We eventually found ourselves in St. James's park off of Buckingham Palace. It was so hot and sunny lying on the green under the trees; we even played a few rounds of I-Spy, which says a lot about how carefree the afternoon was. I even got a bit of a suntan! In England, you ask? Yes, shocking, I know. The weather stayed beautiful for me and Londoners over those two weeks, which was so, so special. When the sun comes out, the English do too; basking in parks and pubs all over the city. The sun shined until Pete and I were driving to Heathrow at the end of my visit to say goodbye (figures). But this was only just the beginning of a lovely two weeks all together.

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Hazy from the sunshine, we walked back to the Underground through a very green Green Park - a jungle in the middle of the city. Flocks of people were out enjoying the sunshine after work, sitting in those stripy green and white chairs. Soon enough, we found ourselves in Islington, meandering our way back to the flat after a perfect day out. 

Stick around for Part 2 of my latest visit to London, which will go live next week. See you then!

-Meredith