From ice cream to cocktails, everything you need to survive the hottest weekend of the year

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IT’S gonna be a scorcher this weekend. The mercury is shooting up the thermometer, with temperatures set to top 86F (30C) in some parts of the country today. And to make the most of it, you need to get the right kit.

Here, Nick Pritchard presents the ultimate guide to doing ­summer right in 2019.

We’ve produced the ultimate guide to doing summer right in 2019 with everything from the right sun lotion to the best cocktail
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Ice cream

Haagen-Dazs Strawberry Cheesecake (£3, Asda)

This ice cream is a little unremarkable
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Has a fresh and vibrant taste thanks to the nice strawberry ­flavouring, so would be welcome on a picnic. That said, it’s a little one-note and I’m not really craving it. Some tubs of ice cream will disappear without me needing to draw breath, but I find this one is a little unremarkable.

★★★

Ben & Jerry’s Topped Salted Caramel    (£4.80, Ocado)

Pick up this ice cream the day after a drinking session
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Move over Pope Francis – I’m pretty sure God’s emissaries on Earth are called Ben and Jerry. This gloriously gooey ice cream lies beneath a solid layer of milk chocolate which you get to tap and crack with your spoon – like a crème brûlée. Fantastic. Pick it up the day after an all-day beer garden session.

★★★★

Remeo Gelato Stracciatella (£5.49, Waitrose)

A rather expensive tub of ice cream
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This looks like a tub of ludicrously expensive face cream – the sort of thing Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop website would flog for £390. As it is, it’s a rather expensive ice cream – and it does not justify the price. It’s creamy and almost foam-like, and the little pops of chocolate are delicious – but I can’t help feeling like you’re mainly ­paying for the stylish tub.

★★

Jude’s Vanilla Clotted Ice Cream (£4, Sainsbury’s)

This tub was thick, rich and totally delicious

You’re on a beach in Cornwall, sand between your toes, slightly sunburnt, fingers smelling of salt-and-vinegar chips – and here is the perfect way to end your day. This award-winning ice cream is thick, rich and totally delicious. Maybe a little plain, but it’s a classic done well.

★★   ★★

Halo Top Peanut Butter (£5, Morrisons) – WINNER

You can’t say no to a tub of ice cream that has only 320 calories in it
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A properly satisfying, filthy mix of cream, sugar and peanut ­butter. It tastes so good you’re sure it must be doing something truly disgusting to your insides. But wait . . . it’s only 320 calories? I genuinely couldn’t believe it – tastes like the real deal, not some sad, healthy, frozen ­version of the family fave.
★★  ★★★

Inflatables

Ardisle Unicorn ring (£9.75, Amazon)

Children and skinny beach-goers will enjoy this inflatable

This took around three minutes to blow up, which isn’t too bad. The shape is fun and very Instagram-friendly – but it’s probably best for skinny beach-goers or children.

★★★

Jaws surfboard lilo (£10, Primark)

This float is a little small for lying down on
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I love this. Who doesn’t love a bit of black humour? Why not take a trip to the shark-infested waters of Australia? Maybe a struggle to lie on as it is a little small – so for poolside relaxing, you’ll need a bigger float.

★★★★

Inflatable Ring Float (£5, Poundland)

You really can’t go wrong with this gem
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I nearly passed out trying to inflate this as the giant “diamond” section is bigger than it looks and takes some large lungs to fill. For those trying to mimic stylish online posts on a budget, you really can’t go wrong with this gem.

★★★★

Intex Cupcake Lilo (£19.99, Argos)

This float is colourful and will look great on your Instagram feed
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Very vibrant and colourful, this looks summery and fun. It feels firm after inflating and dips a bit in the middle so you can lie back with ease. It’s a shame all the safety instructions are printed on patterned side, this is not shown on packaging.

★★  ★★★

Books

WHETHER you’re lying on the beach or just chilling out, summer is the ideal time to relax with a good read. The Sun’s Books Editor, NATASHA HARDING, picks her top choices for all.

The World’s Worst Teachers, by David Walliams (£14.99)

Walliams’ collection of tales about truly awful grown-ups is sure to hit the spot

★★★★

 Clem And Crab, by Fiona Lumbers (£12.99)

Clem comes to the r­escue in this gloriously illustrated picture book

★★★★

The President Is Missing, by Bill Clinton & James Patterson (£8.99)

The President learns of a cyberterror attack and realises there’s a traitor in his ranks – it’s down to him to stop them

★★★★

A Nearly Normal Family, by MT Edvardsson (£12.99)

Would you stand by your child if they were suspected of murder? Here’s one take from three different perspectives in this taut page-turner

★★  ★★★

Magnificent Mrs Mayhew, by Milly Johnson (£14.99)

Politician’s wife Sophie Mayhew goes to stay in her favourite childhood haunt after dropping a bombshell and wonders if the life she’s been living is the one she wants

★★★★

The Flatshare, by Beth O’Leary (£12.99)

A warm and full-hearted tale that champions getting to know someone piece by piece in order to have a real connection – feelgood fiction at its best and a top summer read.

★★★★

Cocktails

WE asked Ben McFarland, of the Thinking Drinkers writers and comedy performers, to come up with summer’s top cocktails.

Venezuelan Mule

This drink is packed with dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla flavours
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Rum is the ultimate party spirit and so versatile. Make your Moscow Mule more interesting by replacing run-of-the- mill Russian vodka with a superb sipping rum from Venezuela – packed with dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla flavours.

INGREDIENTS:   50ml  Diplomatico Rum Reserva Exclusiva; 100ml ginger beer; 10ml lime juice.

METHOD: Serve all the ingredients in a copper mule mug, stir and top off with ice.

GARNISH: Mint leaf and lime.

★★  ★★★

Lagerita

If you like lager, this drink might be up your street
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Made infamous by the MeatLiquor burger bar and diner chain, this twists a tequila-based classic using a hoppy craft lager.

INGREDIENTS: 35ml Ocho tequila; 15ml Cointreau; 10ml sugar syrup; crushed ice.

METHOD: Mix the tequila, Cointreau and syrup in a cup of crushed ice. Pour into a chilled highball or tankard and top with 50ml Hobo Craft Three Hop Lager.

GARNISH: None.

★★  ★★

Singleton & Soda

This is a brilliant BBQ drink
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The coolest drinking trend this summer is highballs – a simple spirit and mixer that is easy to make, easy to drink, not too fussy yet full of ­flavour. Step ­forward the ­Singleton & Soda, an inspired ­introduction to single malt whisky that opens up the honeyed and citrus notes. A brilliant BBQ drink.

INGREDIENTS: 45ml of Singleton 12-year-old single malt whisky; soda; orange slice.

METHOD: Fill a highball glass with cubed ice. Add Singleton Single Malt. Stir whisky over the ice for 5 seconds. Add soda and stir softly for 3 seconds.

GARNISH: A slice of orange.

★★  ★★★

Four Pillars Negroni

Garnish this drink with an orange peel
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This year is the 100th anniversary of the Negroni, an awesome Italian alternative to the Aperol spritz. As England are ­playing the Aussies in The Ashes this summer, make it with Four Pillars Spiced Negroni Gin – a delicious drop from Down Under.

INGREDIENTS: 30ml Four Pillars Spiced Negroni gin; 30ml Campari; 30ml sweet ­vermouth; orange peel.

METHOD: Pour all the ingredients over ice in an Old Fashioned glass. Stir for five to ten seconds. Twist the orange peel over the drink and place it in.

GARNISH: Orange peel.

★★  ★★

Sun lotion

No7 Protect & Perfect Intense Advanced SPF50 (£15, Boots)

This formula contains some top-notch ingredients
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A great anti-ageing formula to keep your face protected from the sun. Uses the same ingredients as Boots’ top-notch No7 serums.

★★★★

Soleil Sun Lotion SPF50 (£3.50, Tesco)

This is OK if you’re on a budget
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Smells wonderful, a bit like apricots. It’s difficult to rub in and I imagine sand would easily stick to it – still, if you’re on a budget buy this rather than risk burning.

★★★

Soltan Protect & Repel Lotion SPF50 (£7.50, Boots)

Takes quite a lot of rubbing in to get this formula to absorb into the skin
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A thick and grimy liquid, which takes a lot of rubbing to get it to absorb into the skin – and even then I can feel its cloying layer.

★★

Sun Smart Moisture ­Protect Oil SPF30 (£8.50, M&S )

This oil-based suncream feels high-end
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Luxurious oil-based suncream promises to enrich a tan while safeguarding skin. Left my arms silky and dewy – it feels high-end.

★★★★


Ambre Solaire Clear Protect SPF50 (£7, Superdrug)

This spray has a slight chemical whiff
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So easy to apply, just spray on and rub. The transparent liquid leaves a non-greasy barrier – although it has a slight chemical whiff.

★★★★

Nivea Sun Protect & Moisture SPF30 (£6, Wilko)

Nivea’s moisture lock formula soaks so well into the skin
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Smells of the beach, taking me back to childhood trips to Filey, North Yorks. Soaks in so well.

★★★★★

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