June 21 may be the summer solstice, but we all know summer really starts on May Two-Four, the Victoria Day long weekend.
The grown-ups had a good time, too. I did up a batch of my favourite white sangria with a couple bottles of Rene Barbier Mediterranean White (Catalunya, Spain). Cheap, zesty, refreshing. Mix in equal parts of white cranberry juice, pour into wine goblets, add a splash of club soda and you're done. You can even dress it up with slices of lime and lemon, but I decided to dispense with the fanciness.
After weeks of cold and rain, the clouds parted for a day of flawless, blue-skied 25 degrees. The food was plentiful and delicious, the beverages flowing, the yard gate swinging open every so often as another guest arrived to a chorus of cheers. Yup, this is what summer is made of.