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The Derby is for everyone who loves to go racing, offering many ways to enjoy the action. In the stands, at one of the fabulous hospitality venues, or even on one of the famous open-top buses in the middle of the course, there are viewing options for all. And when it comes to drinks, there are choices for everyone too including bubbles and wine tips in The Wine Tipster’s previous Derby piece.

First up, a palate-cleansing, classic gin and tonic, which is always a popular aperitif to awaken the taste buds before some delicious snacks or a meal. In recent years the range of gin styles and botanicals used to create different flavours has expanded immensely and this fabulous spirit now offers so much to choose from. A superb example, which will have you thinking of long, warm summer days, is Mediterranean Gin by Léoube from Provence. Produced using olives and flora on their organic estate, this delicate yet flavoursome premium gin is sure to make you think of warm, aromatic summer evenings. Great served in the classic way with tonic, or, for a perfect sundowner, mix it on the rocks with crushed pink peppercorns, dried orange pieces and a small splash of olive oil – delicious!


Available from Daylesford Organic £50.

If you’re watching from home, why not make a classic Gin Fizz cocktail with one of these wonderful gins?

  • Combine 1-2 teaspoons of sugar syrup with a splash of sparkling water in a cocktail shaker
  • Mix with a spoon, then add 25ml of gin and 25ml of lemon juice, fill with ice and shake
  • Strain into a favourite cocktail glass and top with sparkling water


Let’s call it the Jubilee Gin Fizz and raise a glass to this wonderful occasion!



If you’re looking for some lighter choices to get the party started, here are my top 3 tips to try:



For bubbles fans, the sensational alcohol-free Wild Idol sparkling wines. These vegan and gluten-free low-calorie rosé and white bubbles are made from aromatic grapes carefully selected for their excellent quality and wonderfully pure flavour, making them suitably sip-able all day.


Available at The Derby or many great retailers including Daylesford and Selfridges. RRP £35.

More alcohol-free, vegan, gluten-free and low-calorie choice is also on offer this year with the launch of Jukes Cordialities, a range of  organic apple cider vinegar-based drinks, made with all-natural ingredients including vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and flowers. These elegant red, white and rosé drinks offer fabulous flavours and look sensational in the glass. Miniatures to mix to personal taste with still, sparkling water or tonic water, Jukes Cordialities make a wonderful addition to the refined drinks choices available at the Derby and also available from Jukes Cordialities , Selfridges and other retailers . Ready-to-serve Jukes Sparkling Pinot Noir in a can is a delightfully refreshing addition from Jukes.


Available from Waitrose, Virgin Wines and Wine Delivered at RRP £10.

If a refreshing glass of beer is your alcohol-free drink of choice, I recommend the appropriately named Lucky Saint premium unfiltered lager when placing your bets. A pint of pleasure which will keep you ahead of the game. Lucky Saint is available in cans, bottles or on draft.


Available in bottle RRP £1.80 from Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Majestic and other retailers.

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Cyder & Rum Choices:


Moving on to more traditional drinks and for a glass of English heritage, look no further than cyder! Created to celebrate 275 years of cyder making by 8th generation brothers Barry and Henry Chevallier-Guild Aspall’s medium dry draught cyder is full of racing acidity, lip smacking flavour and thirst-quenching taste. With delicate aromas and wonderful flavour of freshly pressed apples, this excellent drop, which is crafted in Suffolk, is the cider lover’s nirvana and is available both on the course and the high street.


Available in bottle RRP £2.30 from Asda, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose.

At the end of the day if a sipping spirit is more your go-to night cap, then take a look at rum. Yes rum! Not just for cocktails this molasses-based spirit is gaining traction in the premium category and for good reason. Try Guyana’s Demerara based rum producer El Dorado and their 12 year old rum, great served straight up or in a warmed spirits glass. With toffee on the nose, spice and chocolate on the palate, this red labelled rum has all the hall marks of a winner in the glass time and time again.


Available at Master of Malt. £36.95. Also in 15 and 21 year old versions too.

The Derby 2022

Bubbles & Wines for The Derby

Bubbles & Wines for The Derby

Whether you are attending in person or watching at home, here are The Wine Tipster’s wine suggestions to enjoy at this, the most prestigious of Derby years.

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