Natural Sparkling Drinks and Other Trends to Toast to this Summer

Summer is here, and with it comes the desire to celebrate, enjoy and toast with friends and family. At Tour Travel & More, we understand that every toast is a special occasion, and that’s why we want to introduce you to the freshest and most exciting trends in the world of drinks to make this summer unforgettable. From natural sparkling drinks to innovative cocktails, discover the best options to enjoy under the sun, check out our private tours here!

Natural Sparkling: The Elegance of Authenticity

Natural sparkling wines have become one of the most prominent trends in the world of wine. These wines, also known as “pét-nat” (short for “pétillant naturel”), are made using the ancestral method, a fermentation technique that dates back to before the invention of the traditional Champagne method.

What makes natural sparkling wines special?

  1. Unique fermentation: Unlike champagnes and other sparkling wines that undergo a second fermentation in the bottle, natural sparkling wines are bottled before the first fermentation is completed. This creates bubbles in a more natural and less controlled way, resulting in wines with a unique texture and taste.
  2. Vibrant aromas and flavours: Natural sparkling wines tend to have fresh and lively aromatic profiles, with notes of fresh fruit, flowers and often a hint of yeast. They are wines that faithfully reflect the terroir and the grape varieties used, offering an authentic and untouched sensory experience.
  3. Sustainability: Many producers of natural sparkling wines practice organic or biodynamic viticulture, focusing on cultivation techniques that respect the environment. This is not only beneficial for the land, but also results in purer, more authentic wines.

Recommendations for this summer

Some natural sparkling wines you can’t miss this summer include “Col Tamarie” from the Veneto region of Italy, known for its freshness and citrus notes, and “Broc Cellars Sparkling Chenin Blanc” from California, which perfectly combines crisp acidity with white fruit aromas and a dry, refreshing finish.

Cocktails with a Summer Twist

Nothing says summer like a good cocktail, and this year the trends are leaning towards mixes that combine freshness, innovation and spectacular presentation. Natural and local ingredients are at the heart of these new creations, offering unique flavours and unforgettable experiences.

Fresh and local ingredients

  1. Seasonal fruits: Taking advantage of fresh summer fruits such as strawberries, peaches, watermelon and mangoes can transform an ordinary cocktail into something extraordinary. Not only do fruits add natural sweetness, but they also bring vibrant colours and an unparalleled sense of freshness.
  2. Aromatic herbs: Basil, mint, rosemary and lavender are some of the herbs that are increasingly being used in cocktails. These herbs not only complement fruit flavours, but also add an aromatic and visual complexity that elevates any drink.

Recipes to try

Some recipes that are making waves this summer include the “Peach and Basil Spritz”, a refreshing blend of fresh peach puree, basil and prosecco, and the “Watermelon and Mint Mojito”, which combines the sweetness of watermelon with the freshness of mint and a touch of white rum.

White and Rosé Wines: Lightness and Versatility

White and rosé wines are perfect for summer because of their lightness and versatility. Whether you’re enjoying a meal outdoors, a picnic in the park or an afternoon at the beach, these wines are the ideal choice to keep you cool and satisfied.

Refreshing whites

  1. Sauvignon Blanc: This wine is known for its citrus and herbaceous notes, with a refreshing acidity that makes it the perfect accompaniment to seafood and salads.
  2. Albariño: Originating from Galicia, Spain, Albariño offers aromas of stone fruits and white flowers, with a minerality that makes it especially refreshing.

Versatile Rosés

  1. Provence: Rosés from Provence in France are famous for their pale colour and delicate red and citrus fruit flavours. They are dry, light wines that pair well with a wide variety of dishes, from appetizers to light meats.
  2. Garnacha Rosé: This style of rosé, popular in Spain, offers a more intense flavour profile with notes of strawberry, cherry and a hint of spice, perfect for pairing with heartier dishes such as paella or grilled meats.

Craft Beers: Innovation and Tradition

Craft beer continues to be a growing trend, and summer is the perfect time to explore new beers that combine innovation and tradition. From light lagers to fruity IPAs, there’s a beer for every taste and occasion.

  1. Light lagers: Lagers are making a big comeback, especially light, crisp versions that are perfect for the summer heat. These beers offer a clean, crisp profile, ideal for cooling off after a day in the sun.
  2. Fruity IPAs: IPAs (India Pale Ales) remain popular, but with a fruity twist. Breweries are experimenting with fruit additions such as pineapple, mango and citrus, creating beers with a balanced bitterness and a tropical twist.

Some craft beers you should try this summer include Founders Brewing Co.’s Session IPA, known for its low alcohol content and citrus notes, and Omnipollo’s Fruity Pebbles IPA, which combines a lush fruit profile with the characteristic bitterness of an IPA.

This summer, dare to explore new trends and flavours in the world of beverages. Whether you prefer the elegance of natural sparkling wines, the freshness of a summer cocktail, the versatility of a good white or rosé wine, or the innovation of a craft beer, at Tour Travel & More we help you discover the best options for every occasion. Cheers and enjoy the summer to the fullest!

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