mix sauvignon blanc
the juice of half a mandarin or tangelo
a slight sprinkle of roasted fennel seed
a sprig of fresh fennel frond on the stem to mix and socialize with for nervous drinkers who don’t know what to do with their hands
eat the fennel frond when the glass has been filled and drained many times to taste, before dins is served. for the adventurous, add a splash of cointreau with each refill.
As dinner will probably be a bit late, due to the chef having a bit of a tantrum over a cloudy gimlet, guests may need to commune more intensely with the sauvignon. In that case, stuff a sprig of rosemary up the spout of the wine box, drop a can of Fresca all over the living room floor for the cats and dogs to frolic in, and spritz a little lavender Febreeze in the blades of the box fan on the fire escape. For mood lighting, steal the host’s fake Zippo lighter, ignite it and put in on the coffee table where the cat’s tail may meld with its flame and make the magic of the night complete.