With summer firmly arrived in Belfast, we need to take advantage of the sun – while it lasts!

If you’re barbecuing in the garden this weekend, or simply fancy a refreshing cocktail with a difference, Pimms is a great choice for summer.

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The quintessentially English beverage is particularly refreshing, thanks to its delicious blend of citrus fruits, offering a familiar taste of summer. Making that refreshing jug of Pimms is set to be a table top essential for al fresco feasts!

Famous Head Chef Steve Smith of renowned restaurants Bohemia has provided a round-up of top tips to ensure you’re serving the perfect party Pimms this sunny season:

1. Fruit Fusion

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Don’t overload your Pimms with fruit. Instead, pick a few strong flavours that complement each other.

An unusual flavour combination that works well is Pomegranate and Basil. Alternatively, take your Pimms to super food heights with the quirky addition of trendy Acai berries. (Sounds like a great way to get your five a day!)

2. Herbal Remedy

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If you’re using herbs such as basil and mint, crush the leaves before adding them to your drink. This will maximise the aroma and leave your Pimms perfectly seasoned.

3. Cue the Cranberry

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Those with a sweet tooth might like to add a splash of cranberry juice, or opt for flavoured lemonade for an extra boost.

4. Ice, Ice, Baby

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Get creative with your ice by freezing flowers into your ice cube tray. However, try to limit the ice to a few cubes to ensure the Pimms isn’t too diluted by the time it comes to drinking it!

5. Sugar-coat it

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Sprinkle a little lemon juice and sugar over the fruit before you add them to your drink. Let the fruit pieces stand for 10 minutes so they macerate and then add them to the liquid at the last minute, to save them from going soggy.

Bohemia recently received the highest score in the Good Food Guide 2016 and is listed as the best restaurant in Jersey in the guide’s ‘Top 50 Restaurants in the UK’.

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