Debbie’s Summer Picks

Folonari Pinot Grigio delle Venezie DOC

Folonari Pinot Grigio is a refreshing and vibrant wine that is perfect for summertime sipping. The wine is produced in stainless steel tanks which helps preserve its fresh aromas and flavours. It opens with citrus, clove and light floral notes. Fresh fruit, white pepper and balanced acidity follow through on the palate.

This is a versatile white wine which is well matched with light summery food. Lobster Caprese Skewers, Panzanella Salad and light pastas are just a few dishes that pair well with this dry and light bodied Pinot Grigio.

Parallele 45 Organic Cotes du Rhone Rosé

The Parallele Organic Rosé is a fresh, mineral driven salmon hued wine from Southern Rhone. It has aromas of wild berries, blackcurrant and pepper notes. It is medium bodied, well rounded with interesting spice notes on the palate. It’s a perfect hot weather sipping wine and a great pairing with a variety summer inspired dishes. Try serving with a spicy Grilled Chicken and Blackberry Corn Salsa or Grapefruit, Spinach and Avocado Salad.

The Rosey New York Sour is a summery twist on a classic cocktail. Fun and refreshing it’s perfect for patio sipping or a great welcome cocktail to serve at any backyard gathering.

Rosy New York Sour

Yield: 1 serving



  • Pour whisky, lemon juice and simple syrup into an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake until chilled.
  • Strain into an ice-filled rocks glass. Slowly pour rosé over the back of a spoon to float on top of cocktail.

Rustenberg Stellenbosch Chardonnay

This Western Cape wine shows appealing aromas of apricot, coconut, orange peel and a touch of baking spice. Flavors of marzipan, sponge cake and oak are balanced with refreshing minerality and lingering acidity. The Rustenberg Chardonnay is medium bodied that feature ripe and spicy fruit notes on the finish.

The Rustenberg Chardonnay pairs well with Lobster Salad featuring citrus and fennel or with Maple, Orange and Beetroot Cured Salmon.

Moosehead Small Batch Strawberry Rhubarb Milkshake IPA

This is a juicy, citrusy milkshake IPA brewed with strawberries and rhubarb from PEI. A generous amount of strawberry and rhubarb were added to the fermentation to give the beer a strong fruit back bone that’s subtly sweet and yet a little tart which makes it a perfect summertime sipper.

Berry-based fruit beers add a jam-like quality to baked Brie, as the sweet and tart flavors of the beer pair with the creamy, buttery texture of the cheese. The Moosehead Milkshake IPA is great with both salads and desserts. It adds a bright, fruity contrast to salads with toasted nuts, blue cheese or feta crumbles, and acidic dressings. Pair with Strawberry Cheesecake Parfaits for a truly delicious pairing!

El Jimador Tequila Reposado

El Jimador Reposado is a 100% agave which is barrel rested for two months for smoothness and complexity. There are notes of light oak and vanilla on the nose, with cinnamon and a touch of earthiness on the palate. It has a medium length finish with white pepper and agave appearing initially before a quick hint of agave nectar and cherry finish things off.

Tequila is an essential spirit for summer time entertaining. It is the base of many classic cocktails including The Paloma, Margaritas and Tequila sours. For a refreshing twist on the classic margarita make the Cucumber Basil Margarita your featured summer cocktail.

Cucumber Basil Margarita


  • 1.5 oz EI Jimador Reposado
  • 3/4 oz McGuinness Simple Syrup
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Triple Sec
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 3-4 slices cucumber


  • Coat the rim of a margarita glass with salt.
  • Combine basil, cucumber, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle well.
  • Add ice and remaining ingredients, shake vigorously for 10 seconds.
  • Strain into a chilled margarita glass over fresh crushed ice.
  • Garnish with a cucumber and lime wheel.

Colliding Tides Gin Twist

Perfect for pool side daydreaming is the Colliding Tides Gin Twist. This is the first locally made ready to drink beverage, a collaborative effort between Myriad Distillery and the PEI Brewing Company.

It’s a perfect blend of PEI gin and citrus juices. With a lower sugar content and lighter carbonation it’s a category changer!

Mott’s Clamato Caesar The Works

For a fresh alternative to red wine during BBQ season try Mott’s Clamato Caesar The Works. It has the traditional flavors of Mott’s Clamato juice with a balanced blend of seasoning, extra spices, hot sauce and horseradish.

A great pairing with grilled meat and a tangy horseradish cream.

Black Fly Vodka Citrus

Black Fly Vodka and Tequila Mixed Drinks are made with real pure juices,7% spirits and lightly sweetened with cane sugar. They are low in sweetness compared to other Ready to Drink Beverages and are balanced and refreshing. PEI Liquor offers 5 assorted flavors of this unique summertime beverage.

Black Fly bottles are light weight, resealable and recyclable which make them a fantastic choice for pool parties, sailing adventures or hikes along the coast. The producers have even made the mouth of the bottle wide enough to slip in some ice during those sizzling days of summer.

Black Fly beverages are already pre-mixed but get creative and use some interesting glassware and garnishes to bring some splash to these summer beverages. For a great pre-dinner refreshment fill a champagne flute 2/3 full of any Black Fly beverage, top with sparkling wine and add seasonal fruit. It’s a great drink to celebrate the arrival of summer.

Black Fly Mimosa

  • Fill a champagne flute 2/3 full of your favorite Black Fly Beverage
  • Top with sparkling wine
  • Add seasonal fruit