Staying home this summer? This week, 31 Dover is taking you on a world tour from your own home. If you opted for a staycation this year, you can still enjoy tropical cocktails and explore wines from warmer climes, visiting more countries with your tastebuds than ever would have been possible on an actual holiday. Match your food to your drinks for theme nights to get properly in the mood.
Be transported to a sun-drenched Spanish terrace with a glass of crisp, low alcohol white that will grace any English garden party! The slight spritz in this Basque bottle means its just as good on its own as with Mediterranean starters.
As you've saved so much on foreign travel, treat yourself to this incredible sun-soaked Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Made in limited quantities that would normally make it twice the price, this World's End wine runs with sun-kissed fruit flavours of its California home, including raisins and blackcurrant. It's a robust wine, so matches well with hearty flavours, like barbecued ribs or grilled herby lamb.
This wine epitomises the Provence area of the South of France where it is produced. A crisp, fresh and fruity rosé, its has delicious peach flavours, and subtle Provençal scents of lavender, pine and herbs. A perfect partner for grilled vegetables or salad Niçoise.
This delicious South African Chardonnay is packed full of South African sunshine and lightly aged in oak. It tastes of citrus and tropical fruit with hints of honey and almonds.
Owned by the flamboyant diamond dealer Laurence Graff, the Delaire wines are made from select hillside vineyards in the Stellenbosch region, and the grapes are always picked in the cool of early morning.
Take yourself to the romantic Italian Lakes, where mega-celebs like George Clooney, Brad Pitt and Richard Branson own properties. They take time out in private stone mansions that are only accessible by boat, surrounded by peaceful lakes, huge gardens and vine-covered hills. Savour this adventurous local Sauvignon Friuli, that smells of flowers and has an intense and beautiful flavour that lingers in the mouth. Sara & Sara is a small family winery in North East Italy that uses traditional local winemaking methods to create this distinctive wine.
There are endless cocktail possibilities with this fragrant white rum, produced among the soaring mountains, fresh mineral springs and fertile sugar cane fields in Jamaica. Smatt’s Silver tastes of bananas, caramel, coconut and vanilla, so it's lovely kept simple with fresh lime juice, sugar syrup and ice - as well as made into a million tropical cocktails. Try these easy recipes for daiquiri, mojito, piña colada and planter's punch, or for an amazing frozen mango daiquiri simply whizz up fresh mango, lashings of Smatt's Silver, fresh lime juice and ice in a blender.
BACK TO FRANCE
The essence of the French Riviera! X.B.'s version of the Sex on the Beach cocktail is extra vibrant and fruity, so sample this and we'll take you on a dirty staycation. Orange, cranberry and grape are all blended with triple-distilled grain vodka to produce a pretty spectacular result. The stylish bottles will brighten any gathering or can be kept in the fridge for your own private consumption. X.B. Also comes in cans that are ideal for taking on a picnic, a camping trip, for parties, and, obviously ...the beach.