Summer Wine, Beer & Drinks Guide

Compliment your festive feast with one of these fabulous drink ideas.
Richard Whitbread

Stumped for the right wine to offer your guests? These fruity ideas for non-alcoholic punches, cocktails and wine pairing options will make entertaining easy this festive season.

Turn beer into a cocktail with this simple idea.


Place sugar cube into champagne glasses, add a splash of strawberry liqueur and top up with a peach flavoured beer or apple cider.

Icy cold Mojitos
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Place 500g frozen cherries, 1 1/2 cups caster sugar and 2 cups water into a saucepan, stir over a low heat until simmering. Simmer for 10 min. Cool and strain into a jug. Take 8 glasses and add 2-3 mint leaves to each glass with a squeeze of lemon. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, muddle the mint and lime juice together. Top each glass with ice, and divide the Cherry Mojitos Base and 2 cups white rum between the glasses. Top glasses with soda water to serve. Serves 8

Top 5 wines & beers for the festive season.
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A lightly chilled rose makes a great accompaniment to salmon, ham and prawns and is perfect to serve at this time of the year.

La Planchelière d’Anjou Rosé – $18

Looking for a beer option to serve or for gift giving. A great all round option is a light style pale ale.

John Boston Pale Ale – $19 for 6 pack of bottles

Try a pinot grigio, this dry (or semi dry) white white is fruity than a sauvignon blanc. Perfect with seafood, pasta and salad.

Balliamo Pinot Grigio – $15

Love the bubbles this is a great gift choice for that someone special. Serve it with canapes.

Champagne Duperrey Permier Crut Brut NV – $58 

Perfect for our Aussie climate, pinot noir is a light-bodied red with wild fruit flavours. Serve it with roasted meats like pork, lamb and glazed ham.

South Island Pinot Noir $21.99

Prices are RRP. All are available at BWS and Dan Murphy’s.

Kiwifruit & Mint Punch
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Make a syrup with ¾ cup each of sugar and water, allow to chill. Place syrup into blender with 8 peeled and chopped kiwifruit, juice of a lemon, and ¾ cup mint leaves. Blend until smooth. Serve over ice, topped with dry ginger ale. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs. Serves 8-10.

Fruity Vodka Punch- Try this mix with a splash of vodka.

Fruity Daiquiri – Fill a blender container with ice and crush. Spoon into glasses and top with a splash of white rum and some of the kiwifruit mix.

Not quite what your looking for? For more fantastic drink ideas perfect for the festive season. Try one of our  5 SIMPLE DRINK IDEAS

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