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11 Wines and Spirits to get you in the Mood for Spring 2024

Monday 29th Apr 2024 |

Spring is officially in full swing and despite the lack of sun, we’re ready for it. With BBQ’s and family gatherings incoming, it’s the perfect time to discover some of the best new drinks on the market. 

We’ve handpicked a selection that includes premium tequila, a moreish spiced rum, refreshing South African wine and an exotic Japanese fruit liqueur that’s got summer written all over it. 

Mermaid Spiced Rum

The Isle of Wight Distillery have knocked out some corking gin and vodka in recent years and their spiced rum is another home run. Carefully crafted using a blend of sugar cane and molasses rum from Trinidad and the Dominican Republic, Mermaid Spiced is distilled in column stills and aged up to 5 years in oak bourbon barrels. 

The end result is a smooth yet complex rum with notes of cassia, vanilla and honey, which is best served on the rocks. In fact, adding a splash of Coca-Cola to this would be a crime. Delicious. 

Mermaid Spiced Rum RRP from £41 for 70cl. ABV 40%. Available from John Lewis, Master of Malt and Isle of Wight Distillery

1800 Tequila Blanco

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If you prefer your tequila silky smooth and refreshing, 1800 Blanco is the one. Made with 100% blue weber agave and double distilled, its fruity, herbaceous and well-rounded flavour profile makes it ideal for sipping or mixing. We recommend 1800 Blanco with ice and a splash of Fever Tree Mediterranean tonic, or create one of these delicious, summery cocktails

Pick up 1800 Cristalino (RRP £48) and 1800 Blanco (RRP £35) from House of Spirits. 

Jose Cuervo Tequila Blanco

Crisp, bright and clean, Jose Cuervo Blanco is created using fleshy blue agave plants at the iconic distillery in Tequila, Jalisco. Enjoy as a shot, or mix to create the best version of a Margarita, Long Island Iced Tea or even a Tequila Old Fashioned cocktail. We also love this tequila mixed simply with a fiery ginger beer. Absolute perfection. 

Grab a bottle from The Whisky Exchange RRP £26.25.

Bailey’s Mint Choc Shake

Just when you thought you couldn’t get better than classic Bailey’s, along comes a limited edition flavor that’s already turning heads. Mint Choc Shake does exactly as its name promises and more, with the rich taste of Bailey’s elevated with cool mint, smooth chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Serve over ice for a glass of heaven, but be warned. This stuff is dangerously moreish. 

Bailey’s Mint Choc Shake is available from Morrisons RRP £17

Tanqueray London Dry Gin

Sometimes, you just can’t beat a classic. The iconic Tanqueray has been one of the world’s bestselling gins since 1830, thanks to its irresistible and timeless original recipe. Blending refreshing juniper, peppery coriander, aromatic angelica and sweet liquorice, it’s best sipped with tonic and ice on a crisp spring day. 

It’s also incredibly versatile, making it an essential ingredient in 100’s of cocktail recipes. Pick up a bottle of Tanqueray here for RRP £22.

Stoneleigh Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc

This award-winning Marlborough delivers punchy grapefruit, peach and passion fruit aromatics alongside a dash of stone fruits to create one of the best wines from the New Zealand region. Light, minerally and refreshing, it’s extremely quaffable and marries well with summer salads, chicken pesto and seafood dishes. 

Pick up a bottle from your local supermarket for just £10

Van Hunks Wine

For sparkling wine with extra spark, look no further than Van Hunks dreamy duo from Stellenbosch South Africa. Their Brut Sparkling Wine is pale gold in colour, and dominated with notes of citrus and lemon zest, serving a crisp and refreshing finish. 

Van Hunks Cap Classique Rose on the other hand is a bonafide fruit bomb, bursting with strawberry, cherry and citrus. Both are excellent served chilled and a must for those seeking something different this BBQ season. 

Van Hunks Wine is available here for RRP £20

Choya Yuzu Fruit Liqueur

Made from the filtered pulp of the yuzu fruit, Choya Yuzu is a delightfully citrussy alternative to Pimms or Limoncello. With a flavour profile that includes kumquats, lime and orange, it offers a complex taste with a hint of bitterness. Serve on ice or in a pitcher with sparkling white wine,  fresh orange juice and a sprig of mint to create your new favourite summer serve. 

Choya Yuzu is available for RRP £26.99 from Amazon

Cafe SOLO Liqueur

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If you’re a self-confessed coffee snob, then SOLO Coffee is a brand you need on your radar. Crafted with cold-brew espresso-strength coffee and premium vodka, Cafe SOLO Liqueur makes for a delicious serve both on its own or mixed into a cocktail. Try it in a homemade Espresso Martini for the best version you can imagine of this classic drink. 

Shop the Cafe SOLO collection direct from their website

Herbarium Alcohol-Free Botanicals

The alcohol-free market has blown up in recent years, with plenty of exceptional brands offering up tasty alternatives of gins, tequilas and rums. Herbarium is the perfect choice for the spring and summer months and is available in two delicious flavours. 

Herbarium Distillation 29 is spiced and woody, juniper-led number, with notes of citrus rounding off its full taste with a dry finish. Herbarium Distillation 8 is more of a floral affair, with rosemary, lemongrass, lavender and hints of pink pepper giving it a lovely herbaceous flavour. Both are excellent on the rocks or with soda water and ice. 

Pick up a bottle of Herbarium for £22 direct from their website

Domaine du Météore Rose Wine

Dry and delicate with an attractive pale pink hue, Domaine du Météore Rose is the ideal companion for seafood and salads. With aromas of raspberry, strawberry and grapefruit and a dash of white pepper, it’s smooth, refreshing and bursting with subtle fruit flavours. The perfect bottle to impress that one friend that’s hard to please. 

Pick up a case of 6 bottles for just £90 from Domaine du Météore