Some warm weekend evenings -- especially at the switch to daylight savings -- there is a call for a dusky, stylish, not-too-strong cocktail. The kind that you should drink outdoors while wearing a maxi dress, barefoot. ...you know, it's only civilized.
Last weekend, after a sunny Spring day outside, we sipped a simple, fruity and pretty drink while assembling pizzas with my brother. This photogenic cocktail -- Hipstamatic for the iPhone strikes again -- came together effortlessly, and is in debt to two inspirations: the new-to-me Lillet (recommended by Jora, the always-stylish blogger... and my high school classmate), plus the moody, beautiful drama of blood oranges.
Lillet & Blood Orange Cocktail
In a stemless wine glass or sturdy low tumbler, pour an inch or so of Lillet over just a bit of ice. Add an equal amount of sparkling Italian blood orange soda, with an attractive slice of blood orange. That's it. Now, go sit outside and enjoy.