Wednesday, 23 March 2016

The Perfect Easter Cocktail

   Easter is the perfect time to relish in the start of spring, take a real break from work and enjoy some downtime with your family and friends. As it's a four day weekend, it's also a great time to enjoy a few delicious, homemade cocktails with fresh ingredients and crisp seasonal flavours.

   Instead of reaching for a simple glass of wine, spice things up with some fruits and sodas to create a cocktail with a difference. My current favourite wine to use in one of these cocktails is Freeman's Bay Marlborough Sauvignon* which is only £35.34 for a case of 6 from Aldi; this New Zealand wine carries the aromas of lime, gooseberry and passionfruit. I like to pair it with a creamy seafood chowder or Thai fish cakes to complete a beautiful spring meal; however, in a cocktail it's great to enjoy on its own as an aperitif in the garden with friends.

   Try out this fruity cocktail for a delicious drink with a difference - even better, make a pitcher to share! Here's the recipe:

White Sangria


1 bottle of Freeman's Bay Marlborough Sauvignon
Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura to top
1 green apple
1 red apple
15 red grapes
1 stone fruit destoned and quartered
3 strawberries halved
1 punnet of raspberries
Soda water to top


1) Add all the fruit to a large jug or pitcher and lightly muddle using the back of a wooden spoon.

2) Pour over The Exquisite Collection Limestone Coast Chardonnay and stir to combine with the fruit. Refrigerate for 1 hour or ideally overnight.

3) Take the cold mixture from the fridge pour into a wine glass and add cubed ice.

4) Top with Philippe Michel Crémant du Jura or soda water for a lighter drink.

Decoration / to serve
Garnish with fresh mint springs or fresh basil leaves for a more Mediterranean feel.

Tasting notes
This simple yet tasty cocktail can be made well ahead of time and served on the day. With Aldi’s White Sangria you can use a range of fruit, allowing you to have fun coming up with different taste combinations, and can easily scale it up to share with large parties.

* Gifted for review

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