Between boozy barbecues, bubbles at afternoon tea and bottomless brunches in the garden, it looks like there will be plenty of reasons to raise a glass this summer. To make sure there's plenty to catch shoppers' eyes ahead of eased restrictions, Aldi has launched a host of new flavours and variants in the booze aisle. Here's our pick of what's new
The Infusionist Glitter Globe Peach & Elderflower Gin Liqueur
Stepping on M&S's toes, Aldi's take on its snow globe gin bottle is available from 25 April, and is £4 cheaper. It's filled with a sweet peach and elderflower gin liqueur and edible 23-carat gold leaf glitter that swirls when it's shaken up.
Champagne Blanc de Noirs Gift Box
Definitely on the high-end side for Aldi, the retailer says this posh eggshell blue champagne gift box is a dead ringer for this Waitrose fizz, which retails at £35. Made by Philizot & Fils, the “elegant blend” of pinot noir and pinot meunier pairs perfectly with shellfish and salmon, says Aldi.
The Infusionist Apricot Lychee Gin Liqueur
“Delicate, light and refreshing” is how Aldi describes this gin liqueur, which is flavoured with lychee, sweet apricot and pear notes. It also comes in a bubble bottle, a first for the retailer’s own-label range, which can be used as a vase when the tipple inside is finished.
Tannat is the national grape of Uruguay, and is a rare find in a UK supermarket. This red blends plums, liquorice and spice.
Almost a tenner cheaper than branded Aperol, Aldi expects this summer to be awash with Aperini Spritzes as lockdown eases and garden cocktail parties return.
Greysons Mediterranean Orange Gin
Mediterranean Orange has been a hugely successful flavour for brands like Tanqueray and Whitley Neill, now Aldi is getting in on the action. It’s launching alongside a Sicilian Lemon variant and both fresh, zesty flavours are reminicent of holidays in the Med, according to Aldi.
Vinho Verde Rosé
Vinho Verde has been a huge hit with shoppers, says Aldi, so this rosé is set to go down a storm through the spring and summer. With notes of berries and cherries, this bottle is said to make a great aperitif or pairing for grilled white meat and fish.
Haysmith’s Bramble Gin
Thanks to Bombay Sapphire, this autumnal berry is going to be the flavour of summer 2021, says Aldi. It combiens a blend of blackberries and raspberries with a rich crimson colour for summer picnics.
Maple Leaf Rosé
Another BBQ-ready rosé, this bottle hails from the Niagara Peninsula in Canada. It's an off-dry rosé wth strawberry, sour cherry and orange blossom notes.
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Ellis joined The Grocer and moved south in 2015 after working as a local news reporter in her home town of Glasgow. Ellis doesn't work on a particular patch, and you'll find her writing about a vast range of topics across the universe of food and drink, but she specialises in own-label, culinary trends and internet food culture.
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