“My grandmother in Lafayette makes a lot of cherry bounce and it’s super strong. She’s very old school except that she also teaches yoga, pilates and zumba [laughs]. She’s a horticulturist and grows a lot of her own fruits and vegetables. And she has a lot of blackberry bushes. As kids, we’d walk out there with big bowls and pick blackberries, which was really cool. A lot of my inspiration for using natural flavors definitely comes from her. She’s the healthiest person I’ve ever met in my life. She’ll outlive all of us!
I love doing crazy things with booze. I have a huge interest in whiskey, bourbon and scotch. And beer—I was actually a beer rep in Lafayette.
Gabie and I met about four years ago, and now she’s my fiancée. When her parents (Greg and Mary Sonnier) were working on getting the Uptowner going and then sold it and started looking for a new building, we were helping them. Then I got a job in Lafayette, where I’m from, and Gabie and I moved over there, but after seven months, her parents had found the perfect building and told us it was time to move back. And we’ve been here since. Gabrielle opened in September and we just got engaged on Thanksgiving.
Some of our servers are crazy about Britney Spears so we picked her for this cocktail. Of course we ended up with a boozy pop drink. First, we tried to think of something toxic and green for her song “Toxic,” and we tried to use green Chartreuse, but I really didn’t like the flavor. Instead we ended up with this pink pop star.
As garnish, we add these boozy berries that have been soaking in alcohol for a month and a half. If you put a few of those fruits in a drink, they literally pop. They’re very, very strong. The longer you infuse blueberries, the crispier they tend to get, and they don’t lose their color.
We thought the name Oops, We Did It Again was appropriate since we just reopened the restaurant.”
1 1/4 liters Absolut Citron vodka
4 ounces fresh blueberries
4 ounces fresh raspberries
6 ounces segmented oranges
Rind from 4–6 oranges
30 ounces simple syrup
In a large mason jar, add berries, orange flesh and rind to vodka. Seal and let sit, turning over weekly, for two weeks. Add simple syrup and let sit for at least another few days, but longer is fine, too.