drink week

Hello! Is everyone staying safe and dry? I hope you haven’t lost power! A water oak tree fell on St. Rose near Hundred Oaks and knocked out power to my entire neighborhood unfortunately. Most people that I’ve talked to told me that their office is closed today and maybe even tomorrow. Mine is too. So with Hurricane Isaac slowly making its way up the gulf coast, what better time to make a good bevvy and watch the storm go by? That’s exactly what I did yesterday at my parent’s house in Lafayette and it worked out splendidly.

So for the second day of drink week, I present two more signature cocktails to be considered for my sister’s wedding reception. They’re also perfect for sipping at a hurricane party. As I said on Monday, I’ll do a recap on the three most popular drinks on Monday, so vote for your favorites! Cheers!

Blackberry Gin Fizz


  • 12 ounces blackberries, plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 6 ounces gin
  • 15 mint leaves, torn, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 1/2 cups seltzer


Puree berries and sugar in a food processor. Strain, and discard seeds.

Put 1/3 cup puree, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 ounces gin, and 1/3 of the torn mint leaves into a cocktail shaker filled with ice, and shake until cold. Pour into two 8-ounce glasses, and add 1/4 cup seltzer to each. Repeat twice. Garnish with berries and mint sprigs.

* Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Weddings’ Blackberry Gin Fizz.

Pear Thyme Fizz


  • 2 cups good-quality apple juice
  • 1 ripe but firm pear, very thinly sliced
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (I like grand marnier)
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine (champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.)


In a pitcher, combine apple juice, pears, thyme and liqueur. Stir together, then refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to allow the pears and thyme to infuse the juice with flavor.

Divide between 6 champagne flutes, discarding thyme, then fill remainder of each glass with champagne.

Garnish each glass with a sprig of fresh thyme.

*Recipe adapted from Camille Styles’ Pear + Thyme Fizz.


  1. That blackberry concoction looks delightful!

  2. so glad to have most of my family home for Hurricane party!!