Many of us are guilty of packing our calendars full of events all summer, and while being back in bars and restaurants has been amazing, sometimes shouting across a loud venue to catch up with a mate can get a little old.
To make the most of all your long, overdue reunions, sometimes you can’t beat drinks in an intimate setting, like the comfort of your own home! Take your hosting skills to the next level with these top drinks for your entertaining occasions!
Hop Nation – The Heart Pale Ale
Recreate Friday knocks off at your apartment by chilling some refreshing tinnies from Hop Nation. Packed with juicy, full floral and citrus flavours with a solid hop profile, ‘The Heart Pale Ale’ is the brewery’s most prized creation. Described as a ‘go-to’ easy drinking pale ale, it’s the perfect staple sip for afternoons in the sun. Grab a four-pack for a pizza and chinwag with a pal or get games night ready by stocking up on a 16-pack from Hairydog.
Brookies Dry Gin & Tonic with Native Finger Lime
Bear with us while we set this scene for second – you recently purchased ridiculously oversized gin glasses that are now gathering dust on your lavish drinks trolley. Both the glasses and drinks trolley have yet to get the chorus of ‘oohs and ahhs’ that they so truly deserve, so it only calls for one thing, right? ‘G&T’ night of course!
Complement those glasses by filling them with the delicious flavours of Brookies Dry Gin and Tonic with Native Finger Lime. This refreshing take on your classic ‘G&T’ is packed full of botanicals and citrus notes with a semi-dry finish. It’s a pre-bottled delight, giving you more time to concentrate on chopping the fruity accompaniments (because you’ve probably got new garnish bowls to show off too).
Batch & Co Brighton Spritz Pear Fig & Pinot Grigio
A night going ‘pear shaped’ doesn’t have to be a bad thing! Not where Batch & Co are concerned! Known as the ‘all-day pick me up’, Brighton Spritz is packed full of your favourites – crisp, dry pinot grigio balanced beautifully with juicy pear and the honey-like sweetness of fresh fig. Sip up and sit back with this uniquely flavoured liquid treat. Whether you’re on the balcony or in the backyard, perch an esky of these spritzes next to you and your guests and your hosting duties are pretty much complete!
Chandon Garden Spritz
As if the name couldn’t be more enticing – but this just screams garden party, right? When a drink is described as “balanced and inviting”, it’s only fitting that you match the occasion to it! Break out the checkered blankets, picnic baskets and triangular-shaped sandwiches and you’ll be ready for a ‘royally’ exciting night at home. This spritz has something for everyone, spicy from the outset, the zestiness of the rich, citrus orange softens the sweetness, making this tipple very drinkable! What’s better? It’s 100% natural, no artificial flavours, no artificial colourants, just fun times!
Rising Bad – Earth Dry Red
Because we can’t talk about nights in without listing at least one red wine! For times when you just want to flop on the couch and catch up with a close friend, or when you’re cooking a nice dinner for pals and you just need a reliable liquid option to go with your mains, a light, dry red wine is the answer! Smoky meets sweet with Rising Bad’s Earth Dry Red, and it does exactly what it says on the bottle. Packed with earthy and woody tones, it has a smouldering taste of the wilderness while also perfectly capturing a subtle sweetness from blackberries and sour cherries. If you’re a fan of Campari, this one is worth a swig!
Banks Botanicals Crafted Non-Alcoholic Spirit
Perhaps you or your guests are teetotallers, or you just like to make conscious drinking decisions every now and then, whatever your preference, having tasty, non-alcoholic drinks in the fridge is a must! Have some friends over on an ad-hoc Tuesday evening or host drinks without feeling dusty the next day by opting for refreshing alcohol alternatives like Banks Botanicals Crafted Non-Alcoholic Spirit.
Your guests can relax without worrying about being over the limit to drive home, making for longer, meaningful interactions! A unique blend of five different ingredients, mix this bold spirit with delicious tonic or soda and you can even use those fancy glasses again – it’s a win-win!