Summer is calling, so let’s take it outside. There are very few things more fitting than a really good picnic as Spring turns to Summer. With the easing of lockdown restrictions and some glorious weather on the horizon, the season of summer entertaining is finally upon us.
For our latest series we’ve teamed up with the experts at Clos19 to bring you Citizen Femme’s failsafe guides to summer entertaining, from the ideal drinks to pair with your summer menus to creating the dream home bar.
With picnics taking on a greater significance in Britain’s physically distanced summer, we are here, with Clos19, to up your picnic game. Whether a romantic evening soirée or a socially-distanced shindig with friends, bring some Veuve Cliquot to quench your thirst and your picnics will never be quite the same again. Whether you’re having a bountiful barbecue, picnic on the beach, tipples on the terrace, with these picks, you’re ready to host.
Here’s our guide for how to picnic this summer.
Veuve Cliquot’s beautiful Summer Rich Basket Set comes complete with 6 Rich glasses, 1 bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rich and 1 of the Veuve Clicquot Rosé Rich – the set to help you to create your favourite champagne cocktails.
The playful, sweet and round champagne is designed expressly for mixology, and with champagne cocktails as the perfect tipple for a summer soirée, you can find a host of sublime recipes here to help you along to your perfect picnic.
Includes 1 x 75cl Veuve Clicquot Rich, 1 x Veuve Clicquot Rosé Rich, 1 x Basket, and 6 glasses
“The playful, sweet and round champagne is designed expressly for mixology, and with champagne cocktails as the perfect tipple for a summer soirée, you can host a sublime picnic.”
This Summer Cocktail Set introduces the Clos19 summer cocktail 'The Rosadita'. It's done the hard work for you! Comprising the essentials, the set includes a bottle each of Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka and Moët Ice Impérial complemented by 6 Limited Edition hand-crafted glass straws. (We assure you, drinking a cocktail with a straw has never been so chic). This set is not just for picnics, this set is for life.
Includes 1 x Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Vodka, 1 x Moët Ice Impérial, and 6 Limited Edition glass straws
While after months of not seeing friends the conversation will undoubtedly be flowing, it’s always good to have a little something up your sleeve entertainment-wise to get the party started and to play alongside clinking champagne flutes. Jaques London specialise in beautifully crafted games, from rounders and croquet to skittles and boules. We’re fans of their Giant Tumble Tower, sure to provide plenty of laughs after a glass or two of Moet.
Rosé all day, we say. Enjoy the intense, fruity expression of Moët & Chandon’s classic rosé champagne in a vibrant, pink acrylic goblet. And keep your magnum fresher for longer with the stylish golden stopper. Comprising a magnum of Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial, 6 specially designed dazzling metallic pink glasses and an embossed bottle stopper, this set is a recipe for a rosé celebration. We are likely to use it on our very own patio if we don't make it outdoors.
Includes 1 x 1.5L Magnum Moët & Chandon’s Rosé Impérial, 6 glasses and stopper
“With picnics taking on a greater significance in Britain’s physically distanced summer, we are here, with Clos19, to up your picnic game.”
Whether your picnic vibe is more akin to the chilled out tunes of Ibiza’s Café del Mar or an homage to the summer festivals that never were, a portable speaker is an essential. The Ultimate Ears BOOM 3 offers a powerful punch for its diminutive size, with 360° sound it’s also waterproof, dust-proof and drop-proof – ideal for the unknowns meteorological conditions of a British summertime. What’s more, it’s available in eight different colours to ensure it matches your picnic décor.
The perfect size for a pas de deux, this playful tote includes 2 Rich glasses and a bottle of your favourite Veuve Cliquot Rich. Customise a cocktail by adding pineapple, grapefruit zest, cucumber, celery, peppers or tea, and serving on ice. Taking champagne cocktails to a new level, Veuve Clicquot Rich cries out to be served on the rocks and mixed with fresh and new flavours.
All neatly packed in a 'Let Life Surprise You' tote, it's just right for creating some sunset cocktails with your special someone.
Includes 1 x canvas bag, 2 x glasses & 1 x 75cl Veuve Cliquot Rich bottle
“The first champagne designed to be enjoyed over ice, Moët Ice Impérial is a true expression of the Maison’s dedication to innovation, seductive and fresh with a touch of sweetness.”
Madame Clicquot created the first blended rosé champagne, adding red wine to white champagne, in 1818. In the centuries since, it has been perfected to become the naturally bold rosé it is today. This means it's even more vital to take care of the bottle and keep it perfectly chilled. This stylish new mesh and jersey ice jacket, with elegant metallic accents, is a convenient and classy handle for transporting or serving your champagne.
The champagne itself? The Veuve Clicquot Rosé works with rich, smoky dishes, executed simply. Start with oak-smoked salmon and zingy pickled cucumber, alongside strawberries, cherries and cranberries. Perfect picnic classics.
Includes 1 x 75cl bottle of Veuve Clicquot Rosé and mesh and jersey ice jacket
The first champagne designed to be enjoyed over ice, Moët Ice Impérial is a true expression of summer. Seductive and fresh with a touch of sweetness. Serve it and sip it solo, or enhance it with some Aperol, grapefruit bitters, and create your own "Life in Venice" cocktail. Poured over ice in the large glass provided, topped with Moët Ice Impérial and a garnish of grapefruit twist. It might just become the cocktail of the Summer. This set with stylish glasses is perfect for hosting an intimate get together.
Includes 1 x 75cl Moët Ice Impérial bottle and 2 glasses
An elegant picnic blanket is a must have, not only for avoiding grassy bottoms but for staking your claim on the perfect socially-distanced space from the rest of the group. Marine blue and grey pure new wool picnic rug from Wolf & Badger is designed to enjoy year round. This large blanket rolls up into an easy-to-carry compact bundle with an elegant leather strap for a day in the park, at the beach or in the country, for music concerts, festivals or simply in your back garden!
This set, designed to make a Belvedere Crush – a fruity, frozen granita cocktail – is summer in a cup.
This set, designed to make a Belvedere Crush – a fruity, frozen granita cocktail – is summer in a cup. Soft and smooth, with hints of cream and spice, this spirit is quadruple-distilled with purified water from Belvedere’s own artesian wells, allowing the complexity of Dańkowskie rye to shine through.
The Preparation: Add Belvedere Vodka, blackberry liqueur, lemon juice and water to your Crush Cup. Freeze overnight. The next day, squeeze the cup to break up the ice and serve with a spoon.
Includes 1 x 70cl Belvedere Vodka and 1 x crush cup