The first May bank holiday is here and it's set to be a scorcher, so what better to do than invite your friends and family around for a barbecue or garden party? And to get your celebrations underway you'll want to pay a visit to Lidl, whose hugely popular citrus gin is back in stock just in time for the weekend.
The Hortus Citrus Garden gin is back by popular demand and set to be your go-to tipple throughout the summer, with a delicious citrus flavour and blend of aromatic botanicals. Better still, it only costs £15.99 for a 70cl bottle.
Lidl's Citrus Garden gin is back in stock
To coincide with the launch, Lidl is also selling three new limited edition tonic waters – elderflower, aromatic and Mediterranean – so you can put a refreshing spin on your classic G&T. A pack of four bottles costs £1.99.
Lidl's own-brand gin has won several awards, with the Hortus Original London Dry Gin picking up silver awards at both the International Wine & Spirits Competition and the International Spirits Challenge. It even triumphed over the likes of Sipsmith and Gordon's in the Good Housekeeping Institute's blind taste test, making it a worthy addition to your next summer party.
The supermarket has also released three new limited edition tonics
And there's even more reason to enjoy the odd G&T – particularly if you're a hay fever sufferer. The drink is said to be an unexpected remedy for the watery eyes, sneezing and itchy throat that hay fever can bring. Asthma UK says that while alcoholic drinks like beer and red wine often make hay fever and asthma worse due to the histamine and sulphites they contain, switching your regular tipple to gin might help to relieve symptoms more than other drinks.
Clear spirits like gin and vodka both have a low histamine content, while gin also contains no sulphites, so it is especially good for people who are suffering with itchy eyes and a runny nose. As happy as we are to hear this, it's important to note that G&T won't cure your hay fever, it is simply the best option for sufferers who want an alcoholic drink.