Cornish summer drinks
OVER the past few weeks we've enjoyed scorching summer sunshine, but high temperatures can have their drawbacks. The excessive heat can cause irritability, sleeping problems and – in extreme cases – exhaustion. So make sure you keep your body cool and stock up your fridge with these five foods to survive the sizzling temperatures.
Cornish Orchards soft drinks
Try the new series of soft drinks from Cornish Orchards – perfect summer thirst quenchers. The new Rhubarb and Vanilla Sparkle is an exciting twist on an English classic. It is hand-crafted on their farm at Duloe, using water from their own spring along with fresh pressed English rhubarb and the finest vanilla. There are also two more new flavours – citrusy orange and lemon sparkle and cranberry and raspberry sparkle. Blended and bottled here in Cornwall, this new range is an exciting, fruity alternative to the usual offerings. All are available in 240ml bottles. Duloe, near Liskeard. Call 01503 269007. Buy online at www.cornishorchards.co.uk
Knightor's new sparkling white wine
Best known for their Madeleine Angevine and Trevannion wines, award-winning Cornish winery Knightor has just introduced its first sparkling wine – the sophisticated Knightor Brut NV. Lovingly crafted by winemaker James Thomas, it is described as 'a delightfully elegant sparkling wine with light floral, peach and apple aromas'. The wine's fruity flavour emanates from the five grape varieties hand-picked from Knightor's two vineyards at Portscatho and Seaton near Looe. If you're looking for a light sparkling white wine to accompany some freshly caught fish, you won't go far wrong with Knightor's new Brut. Buy online at www.knightor.com or visit Knightor's winery and on-site shop near the Eden Project.
Polgoon's Cornish Pink Cider
Polgoon's Cornish Pink Cider, with an ABV of four per cent, is a delicious sparkling cider infused with a squeeze of raspberries. On a summer's day, this fruity little number is a refreshing alternative to strong apple ciders and is best served poured over ice. Produced at the award-winning winery and orchard near Penzance, you can purchase Cornish Pink online and at their onsite shop. Cider-lovers may also be interested in taking a tour of the vineyard and orchard to learn more about the pressing of the fruit and creation of Polgoon's fabulous ciders and wines, including a guided tasting session. Tours every Wed, Thur and Fri from 2pm. Call 01736 333946 – www.cornishwine.co.uk
On a summer's day, few drinks offer as refreshing a way to quench your thirst as an icy cold glass of spring water. Just Water is pure, natural Cornish spring water, bottled straight from the source at their farm near Bodmin and delivered throughout Cornwall and Devon on a weekly basis. The quality and purity of the water comes from deep underneath the Cornish countryside, becoming filtered naturally, enriched with minerals as it makes its way to the surface. You can buy still or sparkling Just Water at any one of 130 outlets across the South West or simply order your own by calling 01208 831177 and they'll deliver direct (minimum order £10) www.justwater.biz
Camel Valley Rosé Brut
If you've tried their famous 'Cornwall' Brut, you'll already know that Camel Valley wine is of world-class quality. If you haven't, try this refreshing strawberry sparkling pink. Camel Valley has been running for 24 years under the guidance of Bob and Annie Lindo, more recently with the input of son and multi-award-winning winemaker Sam. The Pinot Noir Rosé Brut from this family vineyard is a champion sparkler that has been named the world's best sparkling rosé on several occasions, among other impressive accolades. Buy online at www.camelvalley.com
For more information about Cornwall Food & Drink visit www.cornwallfoodanddrink.co.uk