The grape out­doors

Re­fresh­ing ideas on what to drink on a pic­nic

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FOODANDDRINK -

COME rain or shine, one of the joys of a pic­nic is it’s quite ad­ven­tur­ous and a great way to re­lax and un­wind – once you’ve set up a tempt­ing spread and poured your­self a well-de­served drink.

A win­ning in­gre­di­ent, ready-to­drink bev­er­ages such as Fentimans & Bloom Bloom Gin & Rose Lemon­ade (£3, 6.5% abv, 27.5cl, look as de­light­ful as they taste and in­side the old-fash­ioned glass bot­tle is a light style of gin (Bloom is del­i­cate and flo­ral on the palate) mixed with Fen­ti­man’s rose lemon­ade. Serve over ice.

It may sound ob­vi­ous, but mix­ing things up with a new recipe can put the ritz back into a spritz; es­pe­cially if you want to hit the right note af­ter serv­ing a light aper­i­tif be­fore lunch. Wild El­der­flower Spritz 4 Bot­tle Gift Pack with Carry Box (£12.99, 5.4% abv, 4 x 25cl, www.ama­zon. is an ef­fer­ves­cent blend of sparkling perry, el­der­flower and a dash of gin, of­fer­ing a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to a glass of wine, with hints of pear and flo­ral notes. Here’s the fun bit: Add a small mea­sure of The Bit­ter Truth El­der­flower Liqueur (£23.94, £22% abv, 50cl, www. ama­ and it lifts this burst of sum­mer flavours to another di­men­sion with its spicy aro­mas and hint of hon­ey­suckle.

It’s not of­ten that a case of French fizz is com­ple­mented by a de­signer blan­ket, but buy six bot­tles of Luc Be­laire Rare Rose and they will gift you a lux­ury wo­ven Sum­mer Words Pic­nic Blan­ket by Jon Burg­er­man (£134.95, 6 bot­tles, A blend of syrah, gre­nache and cin­sault, it deftly mixes abun­dant red fruits on the nose with el­e­gant flavours of straw­berry and black­cur­rant with re­fresh­ing acid­ity on the fin­ish.

Post­card pretty and a good price for the qual­ity, Wine At­las Catar­ratto, Si­cily (£4.97, Asda) is young, fresh and fruity with a sa­line, savoury el­e­ment on the fin­ish, it’s a re­ally at­trac­tive food wine to chill out with.

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