Expert advice about drinks

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Drink up

Q. We want to serve drinks at our wedding that will really get the guests talking. What are the best alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices for a summer garden celebration?

A. Charles Elliott says: Charles says: For warm, summer garden celebrations, it has to be seasonal and appropriate for the occasion. We love the fresh taste of elderflower – paired beautifully with cucumber, lime, apple and ice, it's perfect for a summer's day. You can add gin if you want to offer guests an alcoholic drink, served in cut crystal high balls and garnished with cucumber ribbons. For a nice colourful contrast, we like a regional taste, and that's got to be our Durham Summer Cooler. Working with local supplier Durham Distillery, we use its strawberry and pink peppercorn liqueur, served in a champagne flute topped with bubbles and garnished with strawberry and mint. It's summer in a glass!

Charles Elliott