A light, refreshing and utterly romantic Lillet cocktail made with prosecco and cardamom.
Sometimes I miss the days when it was just me and my husband.
I love my life, my kids, my home, this blog. This is an excellent “now.” But sometimes I miss my “then.”
I love remembering that time when it was just the two of us enveloped in the dark womb of time and space and love. When we were the strongest presence in each other’s lives. There was time to wonder. And wander. It was never too late. For anything.
One of our favorite places to do that is The Castello Plan. They have a signature cocktail named, very fittingly, The Pas de Deux.
I know, technically, pas de deux means “step of two.” But I like to imagine it means “none but two.” That’s what I see, what I feel, when I watch those dances. The rest of the characters, all the sub plots, everything leading up to that moment falls away and it’s just those two dancers. Alone. In their now. Discovering. Marvelling. Revelling.
I’ve written about Castello’s pas de deux before when waxing bombastic about my love for cardamom. It’s a wonderful Lillet cocktail made with prosecco, a sugar cube and a cardamom pod. It’s sweet, light, aromatic, bubbly and utterly utterly romantic.
It’s not on the menu anymore but I just learned that you can request it. If you live in the area and you go there, I highly recommend it.
Or, whether you’re down the street or halfway around the globe, you can make it at home.
Because sometimes, in your now, you want to enjoy your favoritest cocktail from the comfort of your living room couch. Where, seated next to your soulmate, you can hear the measured breathing of your sleeping children and live tweet the final episodes of #MadMen.
Eventually, this will be your then. So enjoy it now.
- a few Tbs of granulated sugar for the rim
- one cardamom pod
- one part Lillet
- two parts prosecco
Moisten the rim of your glass on a wet paper towel and dip in the sugar. Castello uses a sugar cube, which is cool, but I like my sugar on the rim because it's closer to my taste buds.
Place cardamom pod in the bottom of your empty glass.
Add your Lillet.
Top with your prosecco.