Wondering which wine to serve with your Easter spread, or which beer to pair with your hot cross buns? Don’t waste a precious second of the bank holiday weekend dithering over your drinks menu; follow our Easter drinking guide for what to sip every step of the way – from Good Friday’s fish supper, to Monday’s lazy brunch and every Mini Egg in between…
Spring spirits & mixers
It’s a four-day weekend, which means you can (nay – you ought to) kick things off with a cocktail.
There are chocolate-covered children running amok – now is not the time to dust off your premium barware. We’re keeping it simple by sticking to crowd-pleasing old school serves which can be stirred-up quickly.
Retro classics like the G&T and Vodka & Tonic get a modern update with premium local(ish) liquors and a posh tonic – which bring an added layer of complexity and lightly fruity note.
We recommend Dingle Gin & Tonic (Ireland’s Dingle Original Gin £32, 75cl with Double Dutch Watermelon and Cucumber Tonic Water £2.60, 50cl), served on ice with a cucumber slice or an East London Vodka & Tonic (East London Liquor Co. Small Batch Vodka £22, 70cl with Double Dutch Cranberry Tonic Water £2.60, 50cl).
Beer & Cider
We’re skipping the sweets this year and opting for a chocolate-y beer instead. We like The White Hag ‘The White Sow’ Oatmeal Chocolate Milk Stout (£2.70, 330ml), which is sweet and rich, but with well-balanced bitterness, a malty aroma and added depth from roasted Irish oats.
With tea-time’s hot cross buns, we’re drinking the Fourpure Juicebox Citrus IPA (£3.10, 500ml) which will complement the citrus-y notes from the candied peel, while cutting through the buttery richness with hoppy bitterness. It also comes in a big Bank Holiday-sized 500ml can. Bonus.
If it’s sunny, we’ll be heading to the garden with an Appie Cidre Le Poire or Le Brut, (both £2.95, 330ml) – giving our al-fresco drinking a classy French flavour.
Come dinnertime, park the Prosecco and pick a fizz with a bit more complexity, like the Llopart Brut Reserva Cava NV (£16) or Llopart Brut Reserva Rosé Cava NV (£17) – the former has a slight brioche note, delicate creamy mousse and dry profile, while the latter adds a touch of strawberry to the mix.
Good Friday means fish, which we’re serving with Silvio Morando Naturalmente Bianco 2015 (£18), a smoky, natural northern Italian white made from local speciality Cortese.
For roasted vegetable dishes, try our new Burgundy – Louis Boillot’s Bourgogne Pinot Noir or Chardonnay 2013 (both £17). At their best right now – spring greens and buttered new potatoes deserve a starring role in your spread and a drop of Black Elephant Vintners Timothy White WO Franschhoek 2015 (£16).
We’ve not decided what we’re cooking for the main event yet. Will it be roast gammon and a refined Rhône like the La Cave Gigondas Vacqueras Beaumirail 2014 (£16), something lighter, like roast chicken and Alsace Riesling Les Faîtières Cave D’Orschwiller 2015 (£12), or a classic spring roast lamb with Viña Ijalba Múrice Crianza Rioja 2012 (£12)?
Finally, we’ll serve up a plate of English cheeses alongside the Black Elephant Vintners Nicholas Red WO Franschhoek 2015 (£16), before finishing up with a glass of something sweet. The Domaine De Clos d’Amour Alcove Maury (£15) – a sun-soaked vin doux naturel – is lovely served chilled on its own at the end of a meal. It’s also a great choice alongside chocolate… good to know.