I thought I was done with my month of Campari, but then, one more rose-colored picture called out to me. Not since Funny Face has a film celebrated the color pink in such a big way, from bikinis and laptops, all the way to stationery. Legally Blonde (DVD/Download) is many things, but ultimately for me, it’s a chance to drink a pretty cocktail and wonder what ever happened to Luke Wilson.
After starring in Legally Blonde, Reese Witherspoon effectively became the queen of the rom-com. As Elle Woods- sorority bimbo turned Harvard Law phenom- she brings heart and genuine strength to a character that could have come off as a caricature of the “dumb blonde”. Despite some cringe-worthy moments (bend-and-snap = gag), I appreciate that the screenwriters don’t attempt to change the character when her intelligence starts to take center stage. She still shows off her cute dresses, Prada shoes, and blonde waves, even when she’s winning legal battles and fending off sexual harassers. Because yes- it’s okay for a woman to be smart and pretty. If others have a problem with that, it’s their problem.
If I were Elle, cramming for finals on the quad in a pink bikini, sweater-wearing chihuahua by my side, I’d absolutely be toting a refreshing pink cocktail in my go-cup. Study time just got a lot more fun! While watching Legally Blonde, I recommend drinking a Pink Spritz.
1 part Rosé wine
1 part Grapefruit Cider (I use Austin Eastciders Ruby Red Grapefruit cider)
1 part Grapefruit Topo Chico sparkling water
Splash of Campari
Combine wine, cider, and sparkling water in a glass over crushed ice. Top with a splash of Campari.
Romantic comedies have all but gone by the wayside, which is a shame because there’s still such a huge market for them. Maybe the fans have gone into hiding (likely after years of derision by men), but I will proudly say that I am a smart woman who likes romance, pink drinks, and cute outfits. So sue me. Cheers!