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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!

Summer catering can be difficult; what do you serve on a hot summer evening!? It’s tricky because you don’t want to serve anything too heavy, however you also don’t want to serve just another boring salad. Don’t despair though, our lovely friends at Fred & Ginger Catering have a wonderful, tasty and fresh appetiser to solve all your summer catering woes.

Watermelon, yellow plum tomato, mint salad, chilli salt (gf, vegan)

Ingredients 

Half a watermelon
Yellow plum tomatoes, halved
Freshly picked mint leaves
Chilli flakes and ground pink salt mixed together

Wooden skewers

Method

Slice watermelon into small triangles, easy enough to pick up and eat in two bites.

Place a mint leaf in the middle of the watermelon.
Pop the yellow plum tomato half on top of mint.
Skewer with your wooden skewer.

Sprinkle with chilli salt, it is delicious!

It’s our final Cocktail Friday for 2018 and what a goodie to go out on?! Our friends from Fred & Ginger Catering have shared one of the best cocktails that is beyond perfect for the Festive Season. Pomegranate, sake and a tipple of gin sings of summer and you’ll be host with most if you serve these up for your Christmas guests!

Ingredients

1/2 cup pomegranate juice

5 tbsp gin

1 1/2 tsp Plum sake

1 cup ice cubes

1 splash of soda water

1 squeeze of lemon

Method

Place ice cubes into a glass

Add in pomegranate juice, sake and gin

Top with soda water and a squeeze of lemon