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Simon Hawkins of Hawkins Brothers Fine English Wines rustles up a stylish, supremely English cocktail for Kate Fairweather and Simon Stanley.

Simon Stanley and Simon Hawkins, whose best-seller is easily recognised by its distinctive dark orange custom label.

The cocktail is simplicity itself. Just three ingredients – Simon’s own blended English sparkling white wine and a locally made English vermouth containing 40 botanicals. This thoroughly sophisticated cocktail is garnished with sage from Simon’s garden.

A refined pair: the Hawkins Brothers’ signature Brut Reserve and the Albourne Estate’s semi-dry vermouth

A very English Spritz

Simon recommends approximately one part vermouth to two parts English sparkling wine. He chose a classic flute for this – a summery, English twist on a champagne cocktail.

He uses the semi-dry vermouth from Petworth’s Albourne Estate , named for the 40 botanicals it contains. It’s the perfect foil for Hawkins Brothers best-selling Brut Reserve – a biscuity, dry sparkling white wine.

Garnish with a sprig of sage. If you prefer it long, you could top up with sparkling water and a sprig of bruised fresh rosemary.

Visit the Hawkins Brothers website to find out more about the Hawkins brothers and their approach to fine wine.

Available from Madelaine’s Kitchen in Petersfield and Midhurst and at the Dandy Cat in Petersfield – why not buy some with your next haircut?

Or visit the Hawkins’ own shop at Secrets Farm Shop in Milford. If you visit, you may even get to meet Digby the salesdog.

Digby the long coated jack russell terrier in his orange uniform that says "Follow me for English wine"
Digby the sales dog in his distinctive orange uniform. Digby is a key member of the Hawkins family team.