Long weekend options for imbuement

Im – bue (transitive verb) To soak something with something For those of us gearing up for the first OFFICIAL holiday of the summer, namely Canada Day, thoughts of deck chairs and umbrella drinks come to mind. I what will no doubt sound like blatant self-promotion, I offer the following suggestion for a wonderful deck drink. This is the recipe for our spritzers Mix 2 Oz (60 ml) Blue Gypsy strawberry wine (see, I told you it was self-promotion) with 4 Oz (120 ml) of your favourite carbonated lemon-lime drink. (I’d mention a couple, but they refuse to sponsor anything.) You could also substitute the lemon-lime for a raspberry flavoured carbonated drink instead. Self-serving as it might be, I want to point out that his blend takes a wonderful bottle of wine, triples the yield (you get over 2 litres this way) and drops the alcohol content from 11% to 3.6%. Since we leave out the sulfites, it means that you won’t necessarily experience ‘wine headaches’. If you drink too much though without the requisite amount of water, you’re on your own in the headache department… One last, but VERY IMPORTANT thing: alcohol is alcohol and no matter how you dilute it, it still affects you. PLEASE, please don’t drive if you‘ve had too many drinks. Stay where you are, pitch a tent, call a cab or have the host drive you to a hotel. There is no excuse for risking your life or the lives of others. Period. We’ll be at the winery to greet you this Saturday from 11 to 6, Sunday from noon to 5 and Monday from 12 to 3. Have a safe, long weekend. Happy 145th Canada. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Louis Gaal is the winemaker (and spouse of the ever patient Claire Faguy) at Blue Gypsy Wines in Oxford Mills, Ontario Canada, 45 minutes south of Ottawa. You can find this raving lunatic using the BlueGypsyWines Facebook or Twitter account. Visit them on the web as well at www.BlueGypsyWines.com

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