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Tips for enjoying the best events in March
Tips for enjoying the best events in March
As we head into March, we welcome the kick off of a range of our greatest games, St Patrick’s Day, Easter, and the Australian Grand Prix. Whatever you’re looking forward to, we’ve got you covered with our drink and snack suggestions to make the most of March.
Footy is Back!
No matter where your team comes from or whether you follow Aussie Rules, Rugby League or both, take your support to the next level by choosing a drink that matches your state of origin when you sit down with your mates to watch the game.
- If your team comes from South Australia, enjoy your wine country heritage with a delicious glass of Pepperjack Shiraz as you support your team
- Coming from Western Australia? Pay your respects to the wild west with a Wild Turkey & Cola
- A team from the sunshine state deserves an equally golden drink like XXXX Gold
- There is nothing quite like New South Wales supporters, and there is nothing quite like cheersing a Strongbow Cider to a strong season ahead
- If your team hails from the birthplace of Aussie Rules, the mighty Victoria, then why not go a little all out and support your team with a SKYY Vodka and soda cocktail
- On the cooler nights in the ACT, pour yourself a glass of Wynns the Banker Cabernet and cheers to your team
2018 Gold Coast Games
If you’ve never considered yourself a fan of footy, don’t fear. Tune in to a range of different sports brought to you from the Gold Coast in early April. They’ll have badminton, swimming, squash and more, so you’ll definitely find a sport you’ll enjoy. Grab your mates, whip up one of our recipes and cheers to the Australian athletes with one of our suggested drinks below!
Upside Down Sauvignon Blanc
There’s nothing quite like a splash of this fresh wine while watching the games, and it’s even better when you enjoy it while diving your chips and veggie sticks into a range of easy to make and delicious dips.
Dips for wedges, chips or carrot sticks
Honey Dijon Yogurt Sauce
½ cup Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp honey
Salt and pepper
Method: Whisk the ingredients together, and you’re done.
Creamy Pesto Sauce
⅓ cup Greek Yogurt
2 tbsp basil pesto
Method: Mix them together and enjoy.
Chipotle Tomato Sauce
½ cup fire-roasted, diced tomatoes
2 chipotle peppers, canned
2 tbsp Greek Yogurt
Method: Combine peppers and tomatoes in a blender and puree. Combine the mixture with the yogurt and enjoy.
A special occasion deserves a special drink, and we think an Aperol Spritz would be a good option to enjoy while you watch the games. Refreshing and light, it will go with anything, but we’d recommend trying it alongside some chicken fajitas. Here’s our recipe.
4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoons seasoned salt
1 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
1 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1/2 medium sweet red pepper, julienned
1/2 medium green pepper, julienned
4 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped onion
6 flour tortillas (8 inches), warmed
Shredded cheddar cheese, taco sauce, salsa, guacamole and sour cream
1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 2 tablespoons oil, lemon juice and seasonings; add the chicken. Seal and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
2. In a large skillet, saute peppers and onions in remaining oil until crisp and tender. Remove and keep warm.
3. Discard marinade. In the same skillet, cook chicken over medium-high heat for 5-6 minutes or until no longer pink. Return pepper mixture to pan; heat through.
4. Spoon filling down the center of tortillas; fold in half. Serve with cheese, taco sauce, salsa, guacamole and sour cream.
Race into the Supercars
The Supercars season is in full swing, with Round 2 kicking off on the 22nd -25th March with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. Why not get your crew together and watch some seriously impressive driving with one of our favourite drinks. Nothing better than watching Frosty race for the win while enjoying a cold Mercury Hard Cider and a bite-sized snack or two!
Baked Apple and Pork Meatballs
1.1kg / 2½ pounds mince pork (ground pork)
2 apples, peeled and finely diced
2 teaspoons garlic powder or 2 large garlic cloves, finely diced
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon white pepper
2 tablespoons ground sage
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1. Preheat the oven to 215° C/425° F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. You will most likely need more than one if you are going to use the entire amount of pork mince.
2. Combine all of your spices into a large bowl.
3. Add in the ground pork. Using your hands, spread the spices onto all of the meat. Then, you can add in the diced apples, season with sea salt and combine thoroughly.
4. Create 30-40 meatballs (about 30g/1-oz each). Spread them evenly on the parchment lined baking sheet.
5. Bake meatballs in the oven for 25-30 minutes until they appear golden brown.
6. Serve with toothpicks to eat and your favourite sauce.
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day!
We couldn’t talk about having fun in March without mentioning the one and only St Patrick’s Day. Throw on a shamrock and add your own Aussie twist in celebrating all things Irish with one of our favourite beers: VB. It wouldn’t be St Pat’s Day without a touch of green so try our delicious recipe for guacamole with corn chips below.
2 ripe avocados, halved, stone removed, peeled
1/2 red onion, finely chopped
1 red birdseye chilli, seeds removed, finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh coriander
2 tablespoons lime juice
Mash the avocado until smooth. Add the onion, chilli, fresh coriander and lime juice. Stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper and serve with corn chips.
For those of you that aren’t sports fans, never fear - there’s still a four day Easter weekend to look forward to. Invite your friends over and wow them with a perfect combination of wine and chocolate! We’d suggest trying a Samuel Wynn Shiraz. Prepare your senses for some deliciousness with this fruity, spiced wine. The oaky flavour pairs perfectly with the sweetness of our suggested Easter treat - vanilla and chocolate cake.
Vanilla and Chocolate Cake
1 cup buttermilk
125g butter, softened
1 cup caster sugar
1 3/4 cup l self raising flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1 shot coffee
50g milk chocolate buttons
40g white chocolate buttons
Butter cream frosting
2 cups l icing sugar
250g butter, softened
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
Chocolate Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Speckled eggs and Mini marshmallows, to garnish chocolate and Vanilla Easter Cake
Preheat oven to 160°C. Line the bases and side of a 21cm cake tin (with a removable base) with baking paper.
In a large mixing bowl, sift the flour in and combine with remaining dry ingredients (sugar, salt, cocoa powder). Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add the wet ingredients. Mix together with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes, until well combined.
Add the chocolate and stir through. Pour the batter into prepared cake tin and bake for 55 minutes.
Insert a skewer into the cake when done, to see if it comes out clean. If it comes out wet, the cake will need to be cooked for a further 5 minutes and checked again. Once cooked, remove cake from oven, leaving in the tin for a further 5 minutes to cool. Remove cake from tin and place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
In a mixing bowl, blend butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until white and fluffy. Slowly add icing mixture until well combined, scraping the sides of the bowl occasionally.
Add the vanilla and milk, and blend for a further two minutes.
Spread over cooled cake and decorate with chocolate, Easter bunnies and Easter eggs. Refrigerate until ready to serve, ideally bringing to room temperature before serving.
So whatever you’re most excited for this season, head by The Bottle-O and pick up some drinks to make an event of it with mates!