But, as far as months go, I’m unequivocal – December is my very favorite month of the year. Yes, and the fact that my birthday arrives right at the beginning only helps to kick-start the upcoming weeks of celebrating. What can I say? I’m a party girl at heart, plus it’s a great excuse to stock up the wine cooler with all things sparkly.
I was seduced by the photo of this drink in Mario Batali’s Holiday Food cookbook, and it is now my official “house” drink. Not sparkling wine, but a colorful (read: festive) kind of liquid appetizer that precedes a glass of champagne, the sort of concoction that’s perfect for say, about five o’clock in the afternoon, when it’s just about dark, the neighbor’s Christmas lights ignite, and a fire is crackling away in the living room. Happy December!
For one drink
Slice a thin wheel from one plump tangerine, and set it aside. Squeeze the juice from the tangerine into a tall ice-filled glass. Pour in some sparkling water, or better yet, Blood Orange Italian Soda (my favorite is made by Archer Farms at Target) then top with a big slash of Campari. If you intend to enjoy a more debauched evening, then add a splash of citrus-flavored vodka as well. Float the tangerine slice on top and drink.