As a nation defined by our love of pints, those who aren’t fans of beer can be somewhat left out.
But it would be unseemly to let football come home and not provide some alternative tipples.
We began thinking about classic English drinks, including beer in that list but also hailing the alcopop generation, the prosecco girlies, and the Pimm’s rugby lot too.
With all this in mind, we’ve come up with seven cocktails inspired by the England squad and Euro 2020 in general.
There’s something for everyone, including the aforementioned beer, and they can all be made with items easily available here in the UK (you should be able to get everything from your local supermarket).
Check out our recipes.
Carling (or another lager of your choice)
Pour your Carling into a pint glass – naturally – then tip in a shot of limoncello for an Italian/English hybrid that has a shandy-like style with a boozy punch.
Our tester Aidan said of the creation: ‘I’m not being funny but this is lush. It is as I suspected – tastes just like a shandy. I’m all about it’
The Gin Stones
Gin (we used Hendrick’s)
Freeze your blueberries ahead of time for this recipe that evokes Man City centre-back John Stones.
Put two double shots of WKD into the bottom of your glass with a single shot of gin. Add your tonic and berries and you’re good to go.
The Kyle Whitewalker
Vodka (we used Grey Goose)
Cocoa powder or drinking chocolate
Here we’re going for a take on the white Russian, with a British twang inspired by our beloved right-back, Kyle Walker.
Pour 50ml of Bailey’s into a tumbler, along with a single shot of vodka. Top with almond milk, then sieve over cocoa.
Delicious, and perfect for when you want a sipper rather than a long drink.
The Sugar Kane Surprise
Dark or spiced rum (we used Bacardi Spiced)
In a shaker with ice, place a double shot of rum, the juice of one lime, and a teaspoon of sugar syrup. Shake it all up, and pour into a tiki-style cup or highball glass.
Top with ginger beer, and add a lime wedge for garnish.
The great thing about this, is you can make the boozy concoction ahead of time and pop it in the fridge, ready for guests to top up with mixer whenever.
If you prefer flat drinks, substitute the ginger beer and sugar syrup with English apple juice, putting that in the shaker with the rest of your ingredients.
The Sweet Caroline
Bombay Bramble blackberry and raspberry gin
Based on the song that’s become something of an unofficial anthem for England fans, we have a sweet and fizzy one for you here.
Add a single shot of this berry-flavoured gin, a single shot of pineapple juice, then top with prosecco.
A few frozen berries would top this off beautifully (I just didn’t have any to hand).
St Germain elderflower liqueur
Pink fizz (or pink lemonade if you’re reducing your alcohol consumption)
The WAG is, as you may have guessed, based on wives and girlfriends of England squads past and present.
Yes, it’s pink like the velour tracksuits worn by WAGs gone by, but it’s also refreshing and sweet – just like them.
Add a single shot of St Germain to a chilled martini glass or champagne coupe. Fill to just above the halfway point with your pink fizz, then top with soda water.
Cocktail glitters and gel balls look great in this, and you can swap out the elderflower liqueur for cordial to make it fully soft if you want.
The Three Lions Spritz
The spritz is an Italian aperitivo that’s typically drunk before dinner time while socialising. Here in the UK we’re all about Pimm’s for summer, so we’ve combined the two traditions into one drink.
This is great to make for a group, as you can do it in a jug. You want one part Martini Fiero to three parts lemonade (so, 100ml of Martini for every 300ml lemonade), and to fill your receptacle two-thirds.
Chop up cucumber, apple, and orange and add to your lemonade and Martini mixture. Then fill with prosecco.
Delicious for watching the game, and (hopefully) seeing it come home.
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