The grape outdoors
Refreshing ideas on what to drink on a picnic
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, www.waitrose.com) 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. co.uk) 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. amazon.co.uk) 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, www.31dover.com). 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.