6 of the best summer BBQ friendly tipples for 2023

If you are hosting summer BBQ’s to embrace the season in style with friends and family, then high-quality tipples are an absolute must. We have some delicious inspiration for you, below. You’ll also find some tasty recipes to try your hand at making.

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Take picnics and barbecues to the next level this summer with Barefoot Wine, the world’s #1 wine brand. Life’s more fun when we’re together, that’s why Barefoot has a wine for everyone; their delicious wines will have you reaching for another sip. Our Barefoot summer BBQ faves are:-

Barefoot Merlot

This popular classic is full of cherry, boysenberry and plum aromas. Enjoy the warm chocolatey, mocha finish with a smoky vanillaoak aftertone. A mediumbodied Merlot is the most versatile out of the reds and can be paired nicely with all red, smoked and cured meats. For something a bit different, serve Barefoot Merlot with seared swordfish or tuna.

Barefoot White Zinfandel

Fruity White Zinfandel has fruity notes of peach, pears, strawberries and pineapple. As delicious on its own over ice as it is with a spicy Indian tandoori or a fragrant South East Asian curry, Barefoot White Zinfandel is also a great and unexpected match for salty bacon, grapes, mild cheese and cured meat.

Barefoot Wine is available from retailers nationwide, RRP £7.50

Kavka Orchard Vodka Recipe

In collaboration with Master Distiller, Urszula Wojcik, and award-winning Cocktail Barman, Karol Terejlis, Jan Woroniecki launched Kavka Vodka in 2021. Kavka Estate Vodka uses column still rye and wheat spirits, blended with pot still fruit spirits. Kavka is a classic vodka and the fruit spirits give a depth, complexity and a rare smoothness. 

A crowd pleaser and the perfect tool to quench the thirst of the masses this Summer. Take the hassle out of hosting and whip up a batch before your guests arrive. This Polish Twist On A Pimms makes approximately six cocktails, all you need to do is pour all the ingredients into the pitcher, add ice, stir together and serve to your guests upon their arrival.


240ml Kavka Orchard Vodka | 60ml Campari  | 60ml Fresh Lime Juice  | Top up with Ginger Ale  | Garnish with Sliced Strawberries, Cucumber, Oranges and Mint Leaves
Fill a jug with ice and add Kavka Orchard, Campari and top with ginger ale. Give it a good stir then add the mint, cucumber, strawberries and oranges
Kavka Orchard is a naturally sweet and delicate blend of fine grain spirits, plum and apple, sourced and distilled in the ancient Polish town of Sandomierz, this latest expression has a natural sweetness and depth making it perfect to be drunk on its own, in a cocktail or with a refreshing mixer. Ideal for spritzes and summer drinking. 
Nose: Fresh fruitiness: fresh, ripe apples, rich plum sweetness, with an underlying layer of rye and grain notes adding range. Retains freshness and range.
Palate: Elegant, indulgent mouthfeel. A light richness & an apple freshness with plum notes, followed by a creaminess with grain and rye bread notes. All merging into a finale of luscious, rich-dry flavour.
Finish: Fresh fruit balance, with emerging fruit notes of apples and plums. RRP: £29.95 for a 70cl bottle. ABV 38%. Available to purchase from Amazon and Master of Malt.

Silver Reign

Silverhand Estate’s debut release, Silver Reign, is a reflection of the regal heritage, involving King Ludd’s pioneering legacy to bring the unique terroir of the Garden of England to life, producing England’s finest sparkling wines. Timeless and elegant, refreshing and bubbly, Silver Reign is the sparkling wine you will be sipping all summer long.

Silver Reign comes from organically cultivated vines and is made using the Charmat method, a winemaking process ideally suited to producing light, fresh Sparkling wines. A blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, this is a delightful English sparkling wine filled with delicate aromas of Elderflower, white hedgerow flowers, pear and apricot. A fine mousse leads to a refreshing finish with lingering flavours of citrus and ripe stone fruit. It is also suitable for vegans and vegetarians. This is English Charmat at an affordable price. Light and fruity, it’s less sweet than its sparkling counterparts Prosecco, Cava and Crémant.

Silver Reign is the exciting and delightful accompaniment to those long picnic dates on summer days, the gatherings in the garden, meet-ups with friends on balmy evenings, and celebrating those milestone moments with family. Keep up to date with @silverhandestate on Instagram and purchase Silver Reign for £17 from thewinecaverns.co.uk

Gratien & Meyer Cremant De Loire Brut Rose

Founded back in 1864, Gratien & Meyer are one of the leading producers of Cremant wines (traditional method sparkling) in the Loire region of France. These are produced in the same way as Champagne, but sell for much less, making them a great value alternative for celebrations and special occasions.

Since 1864, Gratien & Meyer offers sparkling wines of an exceptional quality. Elegant and authentic, this Crémant de Loire is ideal for sipping at your summer BBQ’s. Priced at £12.50 from Tesco.

Nordés Gin and Tonic

Nordés Gin from Galicia, the north-western tip of the Spanish mainland, is the first Atlantic Galician Gin, a premium spirit made with locally sourced ingredients. Fresh citrus, floral notes with a hint of sea air will transport you to Galicia. Award winning, Nordés Gin, named after the wind that signals the arrival of fine weather in Galicia, is unusually made with a grapebased spirit, of native, white Albariño grapes.
Six of the eleven natural botanicals used grow wild in Galicia including sage, bay leaf, lemon verbena, eucalyptus, peppermint and saltwort, also known as sea asparagus. The five other botanicals are sourced overseas and include juniper, ginger, cardamom, hibiscus and black tea, giving Nordés subtle notes and a well-balanced flavour. The botanicals are macerated separately before distillation, resulting in an extremely well-balance base spirit. 

Nordés Gin and Tonic Recipe

50ml Nordés Gin | 200ml Tonic Water | Garnish with 3 white grapes or a sage leaf
Fill a glass with ice. Add Nordés Gin and top up with tonic
Nordésiño Aperitivo – The Aperitivo with a dash of gin and Albariño wine 
25ml Nordés Gin | 50ml Albariño Wine | 100ml Tonic Water | Lemon Peel | White Grape Skewer 
Fill a glass with plenty of ice. Add Nordés Gin and Albariño wine. Stir and top up with tonic, garnish with lemon peel and a white grape skewer.
Nordés Gin RRP from £32.95. ABV: 40%. Available from Amazon and Booths 
Nordés Gin 3 Litre RRP from £160. Available from: Master of Malt
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