Sunday Spotlight

Sometimes when we are between novels, we love to indulge in a big coffee table book. There is nothing like getting lost in beautiful imagery.Pucci, by Vanessa Friedman, Alessandra Boza, and Armando Chitolina is the perfect art book for a Sunday daydream.

the book: Pucci

the bite: Blackberry Lemonade Spritzer

What we love about this cocktail is that you can really make it your own, depending on your mood. Cleansing? Omit the booze, and make it a fabulous mocktail. Not in the shmood for hard liquor? Swap out the seltzer and vodka for sparkling wine or champagne.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 2 – 3 cups cold water
  • Fresh blackberries
  • Vodka


  • Start by making a simple syrup by heating 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water; sprinkle in some blackberries, squishing them around with a fork or whisk to infuse the syrup
  • Remove the syrup once all of the sugar is dissolved, and set aside to cool
  • Once the simple syrup is cool, combine with the lemon juice and water
  • In a cocktail glass with ice, combine the blackberry lemonade, with a splash of seltzer and as much vodka as desired 😉

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