Our Favourite Alcoholic Beverages This January
Starting the year with a bang is always a good thing, and 2019 has already been pretty awesome for me. From acting courses to bookings to (slowly) restructuring I Love Foodies, I’ve definitely had my hands full thus far and I couldn’t be more excited. As you may have noticed, we’ve been a little bit quieter on the reviews side to make time for other goodies – but that by no way means we haven’t been busy! And one of the things that has been keeping us (well, me) busy are press drops. I’ve received many wonderful goodies this past month, and I’d like to share some of my favourites with you.
This month, they’re all alcoholic beverages. This is perfect if you’re just finishing off Dry January and want to try something new in Feb. And if you haven’t done Dry January but have had a Jan as rough and busy as mine, well, perhaps a nice night out (or in) will give you that downtime you need.
So, on that note, let’s take a look at some of my fave January alcoholic beverages (in alphabetical order).
It really is no secret that I’m a tequila girl, but I like it classy and prefer to enjoy an upmarket sipping tequila or a good tequila-based cocktail for a girls’ night out. This month I got intimate with the Altos tequila, made with 100% Agave and all the way from Mexico like all authentic tequilas are.
One of my favourite tequila-based cocktails is the Paloma, which is super easy to make at home. All you need is some Altos, natural grapefruit juice, salt, and 2-3 lime wedges. Mix 2 parts tequila with six parts grapefruit juice and squeeze in the lime wedges. Serve in a salt-rimmed glass (try glass jars for cool points), and, voila, tequila yumminess.
Backsberg is one of my favourite wine estates around. They’re not one of those aristocratic estates that one can’t identify with – instead, this wine estate is like your best friend, inviting you to come over and hang out.
Over the summer months, Backsberg will be hosting a bunch of Picnic Concerts, perfect for lazy summer days spent sipping wine. The line-up includes Shortstraw, the Bottomless Coffee Band, and Beatenberg.
Together with the Backsberg Chenin Blanc, I got to enjoy a little picnic feast that would have been perfect for a Backsberg Picnic Concert experience … except that I got hungry and ate it all. Foodie problems, right?
One of my fave little items in the picnic set was a selection of Dalewood Fromage cheeses. I’ve never had this cheese before, but I tried the Brie, Camembert, and the Boland, and they were all absolutely divine.
I love discovering new wines, and definitely my fave discovery thus far has been Jan Harmsgat. The farm is located at the southernmost tip of the Robertson wine valley, and it was first established in 1723, which makes it a sin that I hadn’t discovered them before. The farm benefits from both the dry conditions of the Karoo and the cool sea breeze from the coast, giving winemakers the opportunity to craft some utter deliciousness.
They create single vineyard wines with minimal interference, spontaneous fermentation, and no enzymes during the fermentation process. The wines I got to enjoy this January were the Chardonnay (zesty with notes of citrus, stone fruit, and a hint of pineapple) and the Shiraz (full-bodied & spicy with cherries and black pepper).
I love the actual bottles of the Jan Harmsgat wines as well. They’re heavy and dark, like good robust wines should be, reminding me of dark romantic nights around a fire place with good food.
We do enjoy our alcoholic beverages. But, as always, I Love Foodies supports responsible drinking and has a strict no drinking and driving policy. All things in life should be enjoyed – in good measure.
January has been good. Can’t wait to see what new opportunities February brings!
Article Date: January 2019
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