(Note: this recipe contains alcohol) 

People always ask me how I stay positive and I give some variation of the answer "my mama always taught me, you can't control what comes your way- all you can control is how you react to it." But the other secret to my positive attitude is that I am

I live in the most amazing city in the world, with amazing friends, family and a gorgeous funny fiancĂ©. And whenever possible I lay in the sun (shade) next to a pool (covered in SPF) 

Now, if you follow me on Instagram you are probably familiar with this phenomenon (why is she always in a bikini? Here's why) and you might have noticed I got to hang out by a pool this weekend and that is when this delicious, crisp, refreshing wine cocktail came into it's fortuitous existence. 

It's tart, effervescent, cool and the perfect accompaniment to a classy pool party. Plus it cuts your booze intake in half and requires ingredients commonly found around the house. It's basically a wine spritzer with a twist (of lemon) ... Pool optional but highly encouraged. 

Lemons, thinly sliced 
Sparkling water 
a crisp, not too dry white wine (like a California Sauvignon Blanc) 

Pour a about half a flute of Sparkling water into a champagne glass. Squeeze out the juice of a lemon wedge and then add it to the glass. Top with champagne, apply SPF and enjoy.