We have been blessed with plenty of sunshine this Summer – the grass may be drying out and we may be running out of suncream, but nothing will stop us from fleeting to our local park to have a classic picnic. We all do it differently, some come for the laughs, others for the food, but we all gather to get our year’s dose of Vitamin D. Here at The Idle HQ we have put together our top picnic essentials, to keep the crowds happy and the stomach’s satisfied.
Mirabeau en Provence Frosé Popsicles
In the heat, most of the UK are either reaching for an ice cold alcoholic drink or a classic ice lolly, Mirabeau en Provence have taken away the decision-making process and created a frosé popsicles. The frozen popsicles are made from a blend of Classic Mirabeau rosé wine with strawberry essence. The popsicle mirrors the traditional intense violet-pink hues and lavish aromas from the classic rosé, yet it is even more refreshing, flavoursome – and you definitely do not want stop after one!
Mirabeau en Provence frosé popsicles are available in 91 Waitrose stores nationwide.
At this time of year, we are always walking past wild berries growing in the most bizarre places. It is impossible to keep plants alive in your garden – yet a blackberry bush is flourishing next to a tube station. Whilst we haven’t mastered the science of plant growing, Cocchi has mastered the art of aperitivo wine. Their Cocchi Rosa tastes of sweet summer berries and delicate wild roses. This picnic essential will guarantee a refreshing burst of unique flavours, yet will keep the perfect balance between bitter and sweet. Cocchi Rosa is best enjoyed over ice or with a dash of soda or tonic water for an elegant, natural rendition of a summer Spritz. Although, if you are really ready to get boozy it is a great way to add flavour to any sparkling wine.
Cocchi Vermouth di Torino and Rosa are now available from Waitrose stores nationwide and online priced at £18.00.
Pendleton Motor Robes Blanket
To be honest, this summer has been hot. So hot in fact that the grass is no longer greener on the other side – it is simply, dull, dry and dead on both. In saying this, a picnic blanket is a must-have. The Motor Robes Blanket is 100% wool and 100% a picnic essential. Perfect for warm summer picnics, stowing in the car for unexpected adventures or just curling up with at home. Whats even better is that is conveniently travel-friendly with a handle and a shoulder strap.
The Pendleton The Motor Robes Blanket is available online at The Idle Man store.
Long Flint Drinks
We have covered the icey alcoholic beverage, now – let’s take a step back to the more traditional ways. Nothing beats a classic Gin and Tonic or Vodka and Soda. Long Flint offers a tall twist on these classics by using handmade tonics, sodas and seltzers and categorically matching them with craft spirits. Longflint is pioneering the pre-mix game as they have stepped out of the typical circle of flavours and offer an inventive selection from a Rose Hip and Gin Fizz to a Rhubarb and Vodka Seltzer. All of their drinks are truly redefined which feel different and familiar at the same time. So, if your picnic is boozy these are a must-have!
Longflint’s range is available for purchase at Whole Foods, Selfridges, Mother Kelly’s as well as in the tap rooms of Beavertown and Camden Brewery, and pubs like the People’s Park Tavern in Victoria Park. Longflint is also available online via Amazon and directly from its website.
Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker
Whats a picnic without some tunes. The Bowers & Wilkins T7 will overpower the sounds of those pigeons and take your breath away with its crystal clear audio. Leave the worries behind of remembering to charge up the night before as the T7 has 18 hours of playback and will turn any picnic environment into a playhouse of sound.
The Bowers & Wilkins T7 Bluetooth Speaker is available online at The Idle Man store
WOW Nutrition Boost Drink
The superfood of many seasons – Chia Seeds. Whilst we all thought they were a part-time fad, they have become a full-time health food staple. Health drinks brand, WOW have developed a concoction of nourishment. They have combined Chia seeds with cold-pressed fruits and vegetables and rammed this health punch into a bottle to give your body a complete nutritional makeover. This picnic staple will ensure a balance between the sweet and savoury and build up the immune system before winter strikes again.
WOW Nutrition Boost Drinks can be found in selected Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Boots, Co-op and many more retailers at a price of £2.50.