Bon Weekend, Plus Couture Cocktails

I hope you had a wonderful week and a fabulous weekend planned!  Today is my oldest son’s 17th birthday!  Where does time go?  I can’t believe it.  It seems like yesterday he was born and I became a mother for the first time.  Today, he is over 6′ tall and a junior in high school.  He is a great son and I love him so much.  We will be celebrating all weekend – a family dinner tonight and a several of his friends will be sleeping over on Saturday.  Hopefully, Sunday I will be a day to catch up and relax a bit before a new week.


Couture Cocktails

Blackberry Thyme Sparkle

Blackberry Thyme Sparkler

(Makes 4 Cocktails)

1 c. blackberries + 8 more for garnish

1 c. Water

1 c. sugar

1 bottle of champagne

4 ounces or 1/2 c. gin

4 long sprigs of thyme

1 c. ice

 gold baking sugar for the rim

In a small saucepan, bring blackberries, water, and sugar to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, until the blackberries are soft and the simple syrup has turned to a bright pink/red color. Remove from heat, drain blackberries, and allow to cool.  This step can be done well in advance as the syrup will keep for at least a week in the refrigerator.
Prepare your champagne glasses.  Okay, so here is a dirty little secret of getting those beautiful salts and sugars to stay atop the rim: butter.  It adheres perfectly and you honestly never taste it. Place the tiniest amount between your fingers and rub just around the rim of the glass before dipping the glass into the gold baking sugar.
Next, begin by adding 1 ounce of gin to each champagne glass.  Next drop two blackberries in each glass, followed by 2 ounces of homemade blackberry simple syrup. Fill the rest of the glass with champagne and top with a sprig of thyme in each glass. Voila!

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1 Comment

  • Reply VM Creation Atelier September 12, 2014 at 7:28 am

    Happy birthday to your son,dear Brenda!
    Yes,it is….. The time flies away and so fast 🙂
    Your cocktails are very delicious, THANKYOU!
    Wish you beautiful weekend and a very nice birthday party:)


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