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Next gen summer tipples


The sweet sound of a pour pricks many an ear on a hot summer’s day. While it’s hard to beat an ice-cold rosé or beer, last summer we saw a new wave of naturally flavoured and sweetened ready-to-drink alcoholic bevvies take the zeitgeist by storm with classy branding and highbrow flavour matches. This summer, the trend continues – so Metropol looks at the new sipping selection.

 

 

CIDER SIDESTEP:
Gone are the alcopops, instead we’re seeing the rise of hard seltzer – a fermented and carbonated fruit-based alcohol. Tired of the basic apple cider? Zeffer takes a massive cide-step (excuse the pun) into making watermelon, orange and grapefruit and guava cider-based seltzers at less than 100 calories and 1.65g of sugar per drink. Launching November.

THE VERDICT: Fresh, zingy and surprisingly light. Go for guava!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KOMBUCHA THAT KICKS:
Calling all kombucha lovers – because your favourite sugar-free probiotic fizzy fruit drink just got a whole lot quirkier. Bomb Bucha have released an alcoholic kombucha in lemon and mint, and raspberry and lime. Putting the kick in health kick! Less than 60 calories per drink and 1.87g of sugar.

THE VERDICT: The perfect balance of bitter and subtle sweetness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOUJEE BEER:
There may be a lot of purists who believe beer should not be touched. But Club Setter’s beer-base seltzer, just 1.7g of sugar, less than 100 calories per drink and full of natural fruit flavour shows you can have the best of both worlds – fruit and froth.

THE VERDICT: The malty flavour of beer, with a fruity kick. We liked the watermelon best.

 

 

 

 

 

FULL OF PASSION:
Pals captured the public’s imagination with its collection of boujee-flavoured RTDs in summer 2019. For 2020, we’re getting a peach and passionfruit remix. In this pastel purple can you’ll find vodka mixed with Central Otago peach, passionfruit and soda. This new flavour becomes the fifth friend in the Pals group.

THE VERDICT: Sweet yet refreshing, with no overpowering aftertaste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WINE O’CLOCK:
Left Field is New Zealand’s first wine-based seltzer, providing a crisp base flavour enhanced with a refreshing array of fruity ingredients including yuzu, mint and cucumber with sauvignon blanc, strawberry and hibiscus with rosé, and pear and ginger with pinot gris. Only 68 calories per can and less than 1g of sugar.

THE VERDICT: Our pick of the hard seltzers. Refreshing flavours with that crisp wine finish.

 

 

 


 

Event perfection: Saints of Tai Tapu


Set against rolling countryside and the iconic Port Hills, Saints of Tai Tapu is not only a picturesque and customised event space, it also brings together a refined selection of sought-after professionals to cater for every aspect of your celebration.

The venue: Built in 1881 in the classic early-Christchurch neogothic style, the idyllic events space includes a peaceful rural riverside outdoor area. With on-site luxury accommodation, there is space for elegant wedding or event preparation, right through to the ceremony, reception and idyllic photo locations.

68 Lincoln Road, Tai Tapu | 027 271 9610 | www.saintstaitapu.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The styling: Design by Meisha is a wedding planner and event stylist who brings an interior design skillset to c

reate informed, cohesive and professional styling and event curation. From full wedding planning to on-the-day styling, talk to Meisha about designing a stand out celebration.

@designbymeisha | 021 258 6435 | www.facebook.com/designbymeisha

 

 

 

 

The cuisine: Crisp and Vale is a catering company for people who get excited about eating! Fanatical about flavour, passionate about presentation and serious about service, Crisp and Vale leaves guests with an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

info@crispandvale.co.nz | 027 358 9159 | www.crispandvale.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The drinks: A small family-owned business, Wine Divine is passionate about selecting the right wines and liquor to compliment your wedding or event. Ensure a perfect match with a free tasting session, from a wine library which spans budgets and palates. Glassware supplied free with a sale and return policy.

orders@winedivine.co.nz | 021 844 308
www.winedivine.co.nz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The décor: Christchurch Décor Solutions (CDS) have a host of furniture and furnishing to decorate your celebration. From functional seating, tables, linen and serve ware, backdrops, florals and signage, CDS has the right ingredients to fit-out your soirée.

hire@christchurchdecorsolutions.co.nz
021 116 0293
www.christchurchdecorsolutions.co.nz

 

 

 


 

Best of Boo’s: Boo Radley’s


Aptly combining the best of fresh New Zealand ingredients and southern-USA soul food in an extensive sharing plate menu, alongside the country’s largest bourbon whiskey selection and live music every Wednesday through to Saturday – it’s easy to see why Boo Radley’s is an award-winning bar and restaurant. Expert mixologists from the Victoria Street establishment share some top tipples from the hand-crafted cocktail menu, sure to get your feet – and taste buds – dancing.

BOO’S MAI TAI:
A sophisticated mix of house-made raspberry and vanilla infused Havana Club rum, Cointreau, Disaronno, lime and passionfruit.

 

 

 

 

 

SPICED ESPRESSO MARTINI:
A favourite with a kick. A combination of Sailor Jerry spiced rum, Harpoon cold brew coffee, Quick Brown Fox coffee liqueur and cinnamon sugar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE OLD FASHIONED:
A sweet and warm twist on a classic. Maker’s Mark bourbon, chocolate bitter, black walnut bitters and sugar.