drink week

Drink Week is sadly coming to a close. I hope one of these wonderful concoctions attracts my sister’s eye (and taste buds). Now that I’ve invested time and calories into this signature cocktail project for her wedding reception, I want it to be a hit! I’ll probably be that girl walking around the reception, harassing bartenders, asking them how many people have ordered one. Or, I’ll have a full glass of it at all times, point to its contents and give people a thumbs up or the “this-is-so-good” eye roll…totally obnoxious.

By the way, do you know why a cocktail is called a cocktail? Supposedly, it’s because people used to use a feather from a rooster’s tail (a cock’s tail) to stir drinks. My father spouted this little piece of trivia somewhere between a mimosa and a French 75 during this week’s hurrication. Please feel free to use it at your next cocktail party…or not, your call.

Alright, enough. Check out this Elderflower Champagne Cocktail and Starlight Royale…

Elderflower Champagne Cocktail


  • Champagne or prosecco
  • St. Germain liqueur
  • A handful of mint
  • 1 cucumber


Fill a rocks glass with ice.

Fill three-quarters of the glass with dry champagne or prosecco.

Add thinly sliced cucumber and fresh mint.

Top off with St-Germain

*Recipe adapted from Zested’s Elderflower Champagne Cocktail.

Starlight Royale


  • 2 1/4 cups freshly squeezed lime juice (or 1 1/2 ounces per shaker), plus more for rims
  • 1 1/2 cups gin (or 2 ounces per shaker)
  • 1/2 cup superfine sugar (or 2 teaspoons per shaker)
  • 1 bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine (or 4 ounces per shaker)
  • Fine sugar, for sanding rims
  • Rose grenadine


Makes 12 (Use amounts in parentheses to just make two cocktails)

Mix lime juice, gin, and superfine sugar in a pitcher, chill until ready to serve

To serve, dip rims of glasses in lime juice, then sanding sugar to create a sugared rim

Measure 4 ounces Champagne into cocktail shaker filled with ice.

Add 3 1/2 ounces lime juice-and-gin mixture, shake and strain into 2 glasses

Add 2 to 3 drops of grenadine to each. Repeat six times.

*Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart Weddings’ Starlight Royale.

*Photos by Erin Parker Skinner

Quote of the day: 

“I cook with wine. Sometimes, I even add it to the food.” –W.C. Fields


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