It is officially hot, and time for all of those wonderful summer drinks that go so well with sitting on the patio, doing absolutely nothing. The usual suspects (and I say that lovingly) are gin and tonics, margaritas, gimlets…and about a dozen other fun, hot-weather drinks. But they all have distilled spirits, and sometimes I feel like drinking something different. Yeah, yeah, what about Sangria? Well, what about it? I think that it is disgusting, a crime against nature, and there ought to be a law against it.
So, what options do we have that don’t include mixing fruit with red wine? Not much. If you like Prosecco, that is certainly an option. It’s sparkly, it’s fun, and tastes great right out of a bucket of ice. But there is another (pace, Darth Vader). Australian Sparkling Shiraz is decidedly different, tastes pretty damned good when it’s thoroughly chilled, and can be consumed in relatively large quantities without feeling like you are about to explode from all of the carbon dioxide in that other wonderful hot-weather beverage: beer. And you thought that I had forgotten?
Give sparkling Shiraz a try sometime. I can’t recommend anything in particular, because I haven’t had the opportunity to try many of them, but what I have tasted is fun stuff, and worth a bottle or two on a hot summer night.