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theguardian - 29 days ago

Drinks to be enjoyed outdoors | David Williams

Portable and refreshing, these drinks all taste better outside.Campari Soda Aperitif, Italy (from £2.45, 9.8cl, drinkmonger. thedrinkshop. delicatezza.co.uk) Do some drinks work better alfresco than others? Obviously, that rather depends on where your fresco is going to be. First there is the portability question to consider: not an issue if you’re straying no further than your own garden or b rather more important if you’re heading off to the place that has become the nation’s de facto pub, gym and living room for much of the past year: the humble local park. There is, at least, a whole lot more to choose from in the backpack or handbag cocktail genre than there was even a couple of years ago, a profusion of pre-mixed cocktails and hard seltzers that now ranges from novel creations such as the zesty, spicy “hard punch” of Punchy Whisky, Blood Orange, Bitters Cardamom (4% abv, 25cl, £2.50, ocado.com) to established classics such as the exemplary Bombay Sapphire Gin Tonic (6.5% abv, 20cl, £2.50, Tesco) or the stylishly dinky retro bottles of just-the-right-strength Campari Soda.Ökonomeierat Rebholz Riesling Vom Rotliegenden, Pfalz, Germany 2017 (£18.33, justerinis.com) After years of snootily looking down on any other form of packaging than the standard 75cl glass bottle, winemakers have finally conceded there may be occasions when a can better suits the needs of some of their customers, some of the time. The range available is still infinitesimal when set against the vast array of traditionally presented bottles, but wines such as The Uncommon pair of English sparkling wines (a white and a rosé, which both come in at £18.99 for 4 x 25cl cans at Waitrose), show that it is possible to have decent wines in this format. If portability isn’t really an issue, however, I’d much rather be free to choose from the full, glass-bottle menu and just pick the sort of wine that goes so well with the sort of weather that makes you want – rather than have – to socialise in the open air: a spring-sunshine-ready, floral, graceful, racy dry German riesling such as Ökonomeierat Rebholz Riesling Vom Rotliegenden. Continue reading...


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