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For me, Summer is all about cherries. We buy boxes upon boxes of them and chow down on them on lazy afternoons all through the summer season. So what better way to make a cocktail than by using plenty of these jewel-toned beauties? Sangria is one of my favourite cocktails and this wine based cocktail is perfect to make in big batches for pre-wedding celebrations. In fact, it’s even better if you make it a few days ahead so the flavours can meld into each other and the fruity goodness shines through,

We decided to use the Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon wine again (check out the last cocktail we made with it here) and play up the summer fruit flavours and contrast the sweetness with plenty of ginger spice for this one.

Ingredients

One bottle of sweet white wine (we used 375ml Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon)

One One litre bottle of ginger beer

60ml triple sec

20 pitted cherries

4 limes cut into wedges

Ice

Method

In a large glass jug, combine white wine, ginger beet, triple sec, cherries, and limes. Muddle well.

Leave jug to sit, covered, in the fridge for as long as possible.

when ready to serve, fill tumblers with ice and fill glasses with sangria

If you’re a details person, how you display the seating arrangements for your wedding reception will likely be one of the many small elements you’d like to make beautiful. This rustic branch display is quick to make and can easily be made in advance to be set up on the day.

If you decide to make your version of this branch wedding DIY, please be very careful! The knife is very sharp and can easily slip, so concentration is key! Using branches that are still green/wet is a good tip too, as they’ll be softer.

What You Will Need:

  • A handful of nice looking branches (I’ve used mulberry cut from the tree)
  • A very sharp stanley knife
  • Name tags
  • Secateurs

Step 1. Begin by removing the foliage and smaller branches from the main branch with secateurs. You can be very neat with this, or leave some smaller branches attached for a more rustic feel. You could also paint the branch, if that would suit your wedding decor. Place the branches on a flat surface, to see how they sit naturally. Using the stanley knife, gently score a line along the top of the branch.

Step 2. Being very careful with the knife, and not working directly towards yourself, begin scoring out a line approximately 3mm deep. Keep the line as thin as possible, if it is wide, the cards will not hold in place well. Write up your name tags and check to see if they’ll hold firmly enough. You’ll need some elbow grease but it will be worth it in the end!

This simple and rustic table seating display can be tailored with different colours, and looks beautiful set up with some foliage. These branches will add a natural styling element to any wedding event!

 

Summer days are made for white wine, so when the beautifully designed Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon landed on our doorstep, we couldn’t think of anything better than to whip up a few delicious cocktails to beat the heat. We’re kicking off with a retro classic that, despite its roots from many, many moons ago, continues to stand the test of time. Choosing a dessert wine for the spritz, like this Botrytis Semillion, adds a whole new level of bold flavour. The addition of fresh lime and a garnish of sweet lemon thyme bringing out citrus flavours and add a little seasonal zing.

We’ve opted for a traditional 50/50 ratio of wine and soda for this one, but this ratio depends completely on your love of all things sweet. An 80/20 ratio in favour of the soda creates a much more subtle cocktail that is more in line with a traditional white wine spritz!

Ingredients (makes one)

60ml white dessert wine (we chose the Florence Broadhurst De Bortoli Botrytis Semillon)

60ml soda water

1 lime, cut into wedges

Lemon thyme for garnish

Method

In a highball or white wine glass, add 10 or so cubes of ice

Add wine

Add lime wedges (squeezing for a little extra lime flavour!)

Top with cold soda water and stir gently

Garnish with a sprig of lemon thyme

Enjoy!