Dave Brookes.

Halliday - - Festive Season -

It’s clear that Dave sees sum­mer as a time for mix­ing up the drinks reper­toire and stock­ing up for ev­ery oc­ca­sion. Here’s how he would spend $750 this sea­son – with spare change.

I pon­dered my se­lec­tion for some time and have de­cided on what I like to call “sum­mer util­ity bev­er­age chic”. We want to cover a few bases here. Firstly, the wines must slake one’s thirst, rinse that salty sea­wa­ter tang from your lips, and leave you re­freshed and ready for ac­tion. They must be great value and ver­sa­tile in the food/wine match­ing stakes. Ries­ling and rosé rule the roost here and a glass of ei­ther one boldly sig­nals you are ready for what­ever sum­mer can throw at you. Tins of beer are in the mix, be­cause heck, I like tins of beer and a slab of Ital­ian red devils will win your way into your friends’ hearts. I’ve included some prosecco – great on its own or in a re­fresh­ing Ap­erol spritz – some sparkling shi­raz be­cause it is un-Aus­tralian to eat Christ­mas ham with­out it, and a Cham­pagne to toast the New Year.

Cock­tail sling­ing is al­ways on the agenda around these parts and armed with the se­lec­tion of elixirs be­low, you will be able to de­light your loved ones and con­found your en­e­mies with your mixol­ogy skills. A gin and tonic is a given, but why not mar­vel in the re­fresh­ing, limey tang of a gim­let? You are well armed to hap­pily whip up a ne­groni or my favourite, the boule­vardier (whiskey, sweet ver­mouth and Cam­pari) along with a mar­tini, old fash­ioned, Man­hat­tan or mint julep, and noth­ing says sum­mer quite like a Cam­pari and soda.

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