TODAY we are well and truly double-booked.
It is National Rosé Wine Day and World Gin Day, although there are worse predicaments to a Saturday than choosing which to say “Cheers!” to.
If you fancy toasting with a glass or two of your favourite, here are my favourite savvy sips that will not break the bank . . .
IN THE PINK: Tesco has some great deals on rosé wines at the moment. You can currently enjoy bottles of Villa Maria Sauvignon Blush for just £7.50, down from £9.50 when using a Clubcard. Or the Freixenet Italian Rose is now £8 instead of £10. It tastes amazing and the fancy bottle it comes in is also quite a showstopper in itself.
SAVING: Up to £2
GIN GENIUS: If you are more of a gin-sipper, why not still pay homage to rosé day with a pink gin? Gordon’s Premium Pink Distilled Flavoured Gin balances the refreshing taste of Gordon’s with the sweetness of raspberries and straw-berries and a touch of redcurrant, plus it is currently on offer at Sainsbury’s for just £14, down from £16.50. I also love Lidl’s Hortus Premium Pink Gin, £15.99 as an own-brand swap for big names such as Beefeater, £16.50.
SAVING: Up to £2.50
SUMMER SPRITZ: Make your bottle go further and join the Instagram crowd by creating a fresh rosé spritz. Lemonade is a great option but ginger ale works well too. Or soda water creates refreshing bubbles without adding sweetness. For an extra photo-finish, you can add frozen fruit to keep your drink cool without diluting further. I find that three parts wine to one part fizz works a treat — especially on a lovely hot day.
CANNY BUYS: I cannot talk about summer gins without mentioning the handy tinnies we all know and love — and there are some great, cheap options up for grabs at the moment. I am a big fan of the Haysmith’s London Dry G&T Cans, £28.56 for a pack of 24 at Aldi (working out at £1.19 per can).
- PRICES on this page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
Deal of the day
GO retro with Barratts’ iconic retro sweets range. This 300g box of Wham with sour crystals is £2 at Asda, down from £2.50.
STUDIO is having a clearance sale. You can get these sandals for £2.80, down from £4 at studio.co.uk.
MARKS & Spencer is now selling hot cheeses – perfect for dipping.
They cost £2 each and are available in two delicious flavours – margherita pizza and nacho cheese. Simply put them in the microwave for 90 seconds and get the ooziest, stringiest cheese sensation.
THE Flora azure-blue velvet king-size headboard, above, from Oliver Bonas is amazing. But at £545, I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative. The king-size scallop bed, below, from Aldi is a great option at £299.99 for the whole bed.
Giselle’s little helper
WORRIED about suffering in the hot weather this summer?
Laterooms.com has launched a new section of its website allowing you to filter by “air-conditioned rooms”. That’s a winner for me.
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