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Summer drinks 

I’m really hopeful that summer is upon us.  The Weather Channel people tell me that i can take the top off of my Jeep and leave it off for the next 5 days! That sounds like summer to me.

If you’re looking for summer sippers – and why the heck are you reading this if you’re not – i have three to choose from.

 

“Seize Soixante-Quatre blanc” is as much fun to drink as it is to order. There’s nothing like a touch of pretentiousness to start off the summer. And speaking just enough French to be annoying does the trick for me. Refreshing with just a touch of citrus, it’s a pretentious summer-time favourite in la Maison Oke.  So are tomato plants.

Bottega has a new pink pinot grigio that is light and refreshing. How refreshing? It lasted 10 minutes at the summer BBQ i brought it to last weekend. “Bella”. And so pretty too. Wait, that’s what “bella” means.

Finally, don’t be fooled by the “Fresca” look of this vodka soda. SocialLITE does a fine flavoured vodka soda that at 4% is the perfect hot summer drink. There isn’t a hint of sweetness to be found – even in the Pineapple-Mango flavour. They are so good that you may  buy these all this summer once you start. With only 80 calories, 4% ABV, and no added sugar it’s an easy summer pick.


Italian 101

Two of my kids are taking Italian in school this year. So i thought i would brush up on my own Italian lessons and investigate the world of grappa [Italian for moonshine].

Grappa is made from grapes – specifically the distillation of skins, seeds, stems, and pulp that is left over after the pressing of the grapes to extract the juice.   Actually, the best white lightning i’ve ever tried was some home-brew prune flavoured grappa.  It’s good to have Italian friends.

I recently obtained a beautifully shaped bottle of Bottega Grappa [$29 LCBO] in order to study the italian language and culture a little more in depth.  I also obtained a bottle of Limoncino, a lemon flavoured digestif that comes in a peculiar flounder shaped bottle [and by peculiar i mean that my daughters exclaimed “awesome” at the sight of it].

The grappa I drank two ways – ice-cold and room temperature.  Ice cold i loved the cool feel on my tongue and the warmth it created on the way down.  However, room temperature is where Bottega’s Grappa shines. The light, floral, taste of the grapes came through in such a delicate manner with a slight honeysuckle sweetness on the finish.  Yikes, this goes down easy!

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The Limoncino was beautiful in the bottle and glass, but nobody on the tasting panel [my wife, brother-in-spain, his wife, or M] developed an affinity to it.  So i served it to my Italian neighbour who has just finished an al fresco meal and she finished it happily.  I guess no matter how much i love Italy, i can’t hide the fact that i’m not Italian.

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We did have fun with the photos for this blog.  Anyone else seen a 31 yr old make bunny ears over a glass of grappa?  Didn’t think so.  We’re not Italian, but we know how to have fun.

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