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Festive season under budget: $750

Publish Date: 22 Nov 2017

Authored by: Dave Brookes

In the first of a series that appeared in Halliday magazine, we challenged writer Dave Brookes to come up with a drinks list within a specific budget. Here’s how he would spend $750 this festive season – with change to spare.

I pondered my selection for some time and have decided on what I like to call “summer utility beverage chic”. We want to cover a few bases here. Firstly, the wines must slake one’s thirst, rinse that salty seawater tang from your lips, and leave you refreshed and ready for action. They must be great value and versatile in the food/wine matching stakes. Riesling and rosé rule the roost here and a glass of either one boldly signals you are ready for whatever summer can throw at you.

Tins of beer are in the mix, because heck, I like tins of beer and a slab of Italian red devils will win your way into your friends’ hearts. I’ve included some prosecco – great on its own or in an Aperol spritz – some sparkling shiraz because it is un-Australian to eat Christmas ham without it, and a Champagne to toast the New Year.

Cocktail slinging is always on the agenda around these parts and armed with the selection of elixirs below, you will be able to delight your loved ones and confound your enemies with your mixology skills. A gin and tonic is a given, but why not marvel in the refreshing, limey tang of a gimlet? You are well armed to happily whip up a negroni or my favourite, the boulevardier (whiskey, sweet vermouth and Campari) along with a martini, old fashioned, Manhattan or mint julep, and nothing says summer quite like a Campari and soda.

DAVE'S SHOPPING LIST

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4 x 2017 John Vickery Riesling ($23) $92

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4 x 2017 Pewsey Vale Eden Valley Riesling ($26) $104

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4 x 2017 Ochota Barrels Surfer Rosa Onkaparinga Hills Garnacha ($25) $100

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24 x Peroni Red Cans $65

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1 x Tanqueray No. Ten $60

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1 x Campari $35

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1 x Buffalo Trace Bourbon $55

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1 x Aperol $25

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1 x Angostura Bitters $20

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1 x Cocchi Vermouth di Torino $50

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3 x Santa Margherita Prosecco di Valdobbiadene ($19) $57

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1 x Seppelt Original Sparkling Shiraz $25

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1 x Lanson Black Label NV Champagne $50

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TOTAL $738

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Dave Brookes

Next article: Yes way, rosé.

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