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January 24, 2018 Beverage, Headline News No Comments Email Email

JOHN ROZENTALS moves off wine to create a very Australian spirit-based punch.

This isn’t about wine, but it is about an alcoholic drink and it is about Australia Day, so I reckon I can be forgiven.

It deals with a punch created using a very Australian spirit — Vantage, which is based on several Australian bush-food flavours, lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepperberries.

To make a litre jug of ‘Celebrate Australia Pineapple Mojito Punch’, you’ll need:

150ml Vantage

250ml Bundaberg Ginger Beer

250ml soda water

150ml Australian pineapple juice

1 lime, cut into wedges

A handful of mint leaves

Muddle limes and mint and mix with remaining ingredients. Stir well. Chill in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Add extra mint and ice when guests arrive

Decorate each glass with a pineapple wedge or leaf and extra mint leaves and lime slices.

NOTE: Triple the quantities for a punch bowl and add lime slices for presentation.

Then watch your Australia Day guests slurp the stuff, though drivers obviously should take care and remember that Vantage does carry 37 per cent alcohol. A bottle contains 20 standard drinks, so the litre jug made to the above recipe would contain about 4.3 standard drinks.

WINE REVIEWS

Craftsman 2017 Organic Chardonnay ($18): The market for organic wine is reported to be growing rapidly as consumers seek out more sustainable and natural products. The flavours here reside in the stonefruit segment but there are citrus licks as well and some nice oak as well. A good wine.

Craftsman 2016 Organic Shiraz ($18): Both these wines carry Australian Organic Certification, so consumers can be sure that vineyard practices and winemaking techniques are free of artificial or synthetic chemicals. This medium-bodied dry red has loads of dark berry and cherry flavours plus spicy oak.

DRINK OF THE WEEK

Vantage ($57 for 700ml): I like the use of very Australian flavours such as lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepperberries in this drink, which can be drunk straight over ice or used as a mixer to make cocktails like the above. I also very much like the packaging, which makes use of a fine bush-inspired illustration printed on the back of the bottle and seen through a window on the front.

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