This summer is set to be one to remember! With the platinum jubilee coming up and garden parties galore, we thought it’d be fun to line up the best Great British recipes (yes, including drink!) to enjoy at your summer event.
From the Perfect Pimm's to pastries, pies and peas, take a look into the wonderful world of Great British cuisine and see if we can inspire you.
Would it be a British bash if there were no drinks? Pah, imagine that! Let’s start with the thirst quenchers before diving into the food. If you would like a more extensive range of cocktail recipes, be sure to check our 4 Ultimate Summer Cocktails blog!
Is there any better drink to sip on a sunny day? The perfect partner to strawberries and cream, make up a jug of Pimm's (or five!) for your guests to sip in true British style.
In true James Bond “shaken, not stirred” style, why not set up a martini station for this classic drink? From gin or vodka to the range of choices for garnish, you can allow your guests to choose the Martini they'd like the most! (Psst… make sure to check out Joe’s top tip for a super simple espresso martini recipe!)
For the spirits (50ml per drink):
For the Martini base:
For the garnishes:
Joe’s Top Tip: For an espresso martini, add 50ml vodka followed by 2 tbsp coffee liqueur and a shot of espresso instead of the dry vermouth. Garnish with three coffee beans and enjoy! Flavoured vodka such as vanilla vodka or salted caramel elevates the espresso martini – so get creative!
We love a good Dark ‘n’ Stormy. Made from classic dark rum and ginger beer, this makes the perfect, refreshing cocktail for the summer. Traditionally served in a highball glass, this drink packs a punch while tantalising the taste buds.
Food, grub, scran, you know the drill. If you’re not planning on a barbecue, then take a look at our ideas for the best British dinner recipes to serve. If you’re planning on a roast, be sure to check out our ‘reet good’ Yorkshire pudding recipe on the blog!
From weddings to birthday parties, the pie and pea supper is the ultimate crowd-pleaser for a substantial meal served buffet-style. Encompassing all of the foods us northern British folk love the most; pies, mushy peas, gravy and beetroot!
For the pie
For the sides
Picky bits are without a doubt a total fundamental for a no-fuss way of feeding your guests. Here we go through the absolute essentials to serve on your buffet table; from sarnies to snacks, pies to pastries and everything in between.
For the sandwich contents:
Other savoury staples
Snacks & Sides
If you’re planning on trying your hand at baking for your garden party, why not try a favourite British classic? Everyone has their own recipe for a Victoria sponge cake, so we’ll let you choose that one, however read on for two of the best British classic desserts that are guaranteed crowd-pleasers.
An absolute classic, this gooey, molten taste sensation is a total favourite among us Brits. With our recipe, it takes less than 30-minutes to mix and 45-minutes to bake in the oven, making this the perfect dessert to knock up before the party and heat up at dessert time. Our sauce can be made up to two days ahead, too, but make sure to keep it refrigerated!
For the sponge:
For the sauce:
Serve with a choice of:
The classic Eton mess is a dessert that holds a special place in Joe’s heart. While we didn’t attend Eton ourselves (because we say ‘aye’ instead of ‘yah’) we can still replicate what happens when a pavlova meets a catapult! As a big bonus, it only takes 15 minutes to make (if you have an electric hand whisk, that is!)
Ingredients (yields 4 servings)
Joe’s top tip: Make just enough for everyone, as this mixture won’t keep. Meringues start to soften quite quickly, taking the texture away from the dish.
If you weren’t sure what to do for your garden party or Jubilee celebrations – you will now! What will your plans be this summer? Would you make a variation on any of these recipes? Let us know in the comments!