5 refreshing ways to greet Toronto’s Victoria Day long weekend

Victoria Day in Toronto is fast approaching and the weather is finally clear and sunny. If that’s not the perfect excuse to kick back with a cool, summery drink, we don’t know what is.

If you’re looking to do something different this weekend of May 24, why not get creative with your drink choices?

Blu Giovello is an elegant prosecco with a cool blue bottle designed to evoke the soothing Italian seas and skies. It really is the perfect drink to help you recreate a European vacation without traveling too far from home.

With your drink for the long weekend sorted, here are some ways to make the most of your Victoria Day celebrations:

Plan a local getaway

Toronto is full of cool properties that will make you feel like you’re in a scenic or tropical getaway. From Airbnbs that give off a cottage vibe right in the middle of town to rentals complete with pools and hot tubs, the options are endless.

So gather your friends and family and pick a spot. You can balance the cost of booking by bringing your own food and bevvies – including refreshing summer wines so you can pretend you’re really on an island escape. Just get Blu Giovello at your local LCBO or The wine shop.

Have a charcuterie evening

Want to entertain at home without having to cook a complex meal? Simply turn an evening into a charcuterie evening by composing delicious little bites on a cheese and fruit platter. Some staple foods to include on a good charcuterie board are bread, crackers, quality cheese, smoked and cured meats, fruits, nuts, and spreads.

To make it interactive, you can ask your guests to bring a cheese of their liking, turning this into a fun night where they explain (and maybe defend) their cheese of choice!

For a great pairing, Blu Giovello features the flavors of white fruits – think quince and star fruit – with a touch of nuts, honey and fresh pear.

Organize a cocktail creation contest

Want to really spice up that house party? Ask your guests to each create a signature cocktail. Here’s how you can make competition fun: tell them about your plan a week in advance so they have some time to experiment.

Then they make their drink at the party, give it a cool name (the more creative the better) and present it in the best possible way to the party committee! After serving, anyone can vote (and no, you are not allowed to vote for yourself!).

Light the BBQ

What’s a long weekend without firing up the grill? You can do this outdoors or even in your own backyard. All you need are the barbecue essentials and some good meat or pickled vegetables.

Don’t forget to toast the weather with a cool drink – preferably something that combines the coolness of wine with a really unconventional looking bottle to impress your guests.

Make it a date night

There’s no better time to show your SO what they mean to you. We recommend doing this by whipping up a delicious meal for two. For recipe inspiration, you can get great tips from Toronto’s top chefs or browse your favorite cookbook.

Once you’ve decided what to cook, don’t forget to set the table to up the romance factor. A red table runner, candles and a fresh bouquet for a centerpiece can go a long way. And don’t forget the stylish wine glasses for your drinks!

At the end of the line

There are many ways to have fun. And most of them don’t even involve any type of travel.

If you’re really looking to bring the magic of an Italian vacation – without all the hassle of a flight – Blu Giovello is here to make it happen.

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