Jonathan Ray

Chosing the right cocktail to suit the occasion is one of those important decisions that should not be left to chance. Keep your spirits level

Even if you are not usually a whisky drinker, have a dram on Burns' Night

Cider has come of age, apples and pears make grown up drinks for sophisticated palates. Drink cider at the dinner table and not just on park benches

Open a regionally appropriate bottle when you are sloshing wine into the recipe - and the chef

Drink a medal winning wine, red, white or rosé while you're watching athletes compete for Olympic gold

Raise a glass to Her Majesty with wine and beer for toasting the Jubilee year, or just celebrating.