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Keep cool with these summer cocktails

Hills wines, spirits and ciders are fantastic just as they are, but if you’re looking for something a little bit different for your summer dinner party, here are a few recipes you just can’t go past.

Lobethal Road White Wine Sangria

1–2 cups of fruit (slices of lime and/or lemon, strawberries (halved), diced mango, apple wedges, et cetera – whatever is fresh, ripe and in season. The pieces don’t need to be too small, but they should look pretty!)
1/3 cup caster sugar
(reduce to taste as required)
1 x 750ml bottle Lobethal Road
Sauvignon Blanc
¼ cup brandy (optional)
1.25 litres soda water
Ice cubes

Combine sugar, brandy and wine in a large jug or bowl. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Add fruit.
Cover and refrigerate for a couple of hours to allow flavours to develop. Add soda water to the jug just before serving. Pour into a glass over ice, garnish with fruit and fresh herbs. Serve immediately!


Grünthal Green Valley Gimlet

Ingredients and equipment:
Martini glass
Boston shaker
45ml Grünthal Gin (green label)
30ml freshly squeezed lime juice
30ml sugar syrup (see below for recipe*)
Dehydrated lime (to serve)

Half fill the Boston shaker with ice.
Add the Grünthal green label gin, freshly squeezed lime juice and sugar syrup.
Shake very hard for 30 seconds.
Strain into a chilled martini glass.
Garnish with dehydrated lime.

  • To make the sugar syrup, combine 1 cup of caster sugar and 125ml cold water in a small saucepan. Gently bring it to a simmer (do not boil) until all sugar dissolves. Allow to cool completely before using.


Udaberri’s Lenswood Julep

Ingredients and equipment:
Metal cup
60ml Lobo Apple brandy
20ml blood orange honey
20ml earl grey tea
8 apple mint leaves
Garnish – 3 mint sprigs,
orange zest dipped in honey

Crush the ice and prepare garnish.
Churn all ingredients through the crushed ice for 20 seconds.
Top with crushed ice and garnish


78 Degrees Sunshine Fizz

Ingredients and equipment:
50ml of 78 Degrees Sunshine State Gin
3 wedges pineapple
20ml lemon juice
20ml sugar syrup
15ml Aquafaba
Rocks glass

Muddle pineapple in base of a cocktail shaker.
Add the remaining ingredients and shake hard with ice.
Serve in a rocks glass with ice.
Garnish with a mint sprig
and pineapple wedge.


Hills Cider South Cider Spritz

Ingredients and equipment:
20ml 78° Australian Vodka
20ml Elderflower cordial
1x bottle of Hills Cider apple cider
Hiball glass
Apple slice

Pour vodka into glass, followed by
elderflower cordial.
Top up the glass with cider.
Garnish with an apple slice.



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