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A toast to summer – may you come quicker than you did last year

The weekend saw me catching up with some very good friends and sampling some alcoholic delights over laughs and shared memories.

I enjoy being well hydrated so I usually have about three different beverages close to me if I’m at home doing nothing, or at work (writing my blog). Those beverages usually consist of: water, herbal tea and a coffee that’s gone a little cold. Or if I’m drinking wine it’s: water, wine and herbal tea.

This weekend I actually slacked on the water drinking as it was taken over by the next three yummy, “I wish it was summer” beverages (in no particular order):

First: Mt Difficulty Pinot Gris (I feel like I’ve talked about this before?)

It’s fresh and fruity but not too sweet like my usual choice, Sauvignon Blanc’s, tend to be. I find them sharp and punchy compared to the quiet, understated characteristics of the Pinot Gris’ I’ve been sampling of late.

http://www.mtdifficulty.co.nz/wineshop/Mt-Difficulty-Bannockburn/Mt-Difficulty-Pinot-Gris-2011-p1554.html

Second: Crabbies Alcoholic Ginger Beer

As a kid my dad brewed ginger beer in the garage and we got “disciplined” with the long plastic spoon he’d stir his brews with. You’d think this would’ve scarred me but it didn’t. Thank god! Because I LOVE ginger beer. The favourite has to be Pheonix Organics Ginger Beer as it tastes the closest to dad’s brew. So you can only imagine my delight at the discovery of an adult version of a ginger beer! oooohhhh….aahhhhhhh….

YUM!

Third: Rekorderlig Strawberry and Lime Cider

I first sampled this “party in your mouth” beverage in London’s 2010 summer. It was served over a mountain of ice, in a tall glass with muddled mint, a couple of slices of strawberry and a wedge of lime squeezed in. It’s amazingly refreshing, not overly sweet or sickening. Right now in NZ, cider is making a surge in popularity thanks to the likes of the apple and pear ciders that have become readily available from old faithful’s: Mac’s and Monteith’s as well as Old Mout Cider. I predict this’ll be summers next hottest thing; cider is the new body-con cut out swimsuit.

It’s as cool as cider on a hot day (yeah, I went there): http://www.rekorderlig.com/nz/#/flavours/
STOP THE PRESS!!! This just in: as I was looking for the above picture, I discovered you can make strawberry and lime cider CUPCAKES!!! *drool*

Recipe HERE

Here’s to the countdown to summer, weekends with good friends and trying new things to drink during both – cheers, good health, salute, prost!

How many blog posts can a blog poster post if a blog poster could post blogs?

Tongue twisters are fun!
My title was adapted from the classic “wood chuck” tongue twister.

I also like:

Yellow lolly, red lolly
and
You know New York, you need New York, you know you need unique New York

BUT…Since starting this blog I’m all like “ooh I should blog about this!” and “ooh I should blog about that”. So much enthusiasm! But do I saturate the market now, or leave you all hanging for a couple of weeks until the next one?

I don’t know the etiquette. If i’m going to be constant I might as well on bloody Facebook! I’ll calm down in a couple of days, I swear.

Just wanted to share a couple of things I am stoked on right now:

Yoga – just got back into it. Bikram once a week in a “koha class”. “Koha” meaning a gift (in Maori)or offering in exchange for something. The proceeds are donated to a charity each month. 100% of the proceeds. And also this website: http://www.doyogawithme.com/

Lots of awesome FREE videos to do in the privacy of your own home. I did a power class the other day (by accident) and am still feeling it today. Which is awesome because in spite of my efforts with 3kg dumbells, my bingo wings are not shifting. So, to feel the burn two days after yoga makes me mucho happio!

The other is wine!!! I am generally fairly stoked on wine but more so after a couple of weekends ago, a posse of pals came to Queenstown for some quality Jenna face time. Yay!

We visited a couple of wineries in the Central Otago region and it was so much fun! I loved the taster ladies, I loved the wine and I loved seeing the first daffodils of spring along the way. The stand outs of the day were a Chardonnay from Mt Difficulty Wines and a Pinot Rose from Akarua. The latter smacks of strawberry and leads me perfectly to a recipe I saw on the ultra cool (secretly would love to be her friend) Lani Says blog: http://wine.about.com/od/howwineismade/r/Strawberrysangr.htm

Summer is on it’s way even though the season fairy only just landed on spring. I can feel it. I can smell it. The days are getting longer, the mornings are getting lighter and the idea of strawberry sangria with Pinot Rose somewhere near a beach excites me quiiiite a bit.

Will try and not post anything for the rest of the day. If it’s too much, let me know. If it’s not enough, tell me! Feedback is helpful 🙂