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  • Writer's pictureLiisa Lee

Suffer No Fools Cocktail

Let’s call this coy beauty, “Suffer No Fools”.

Part Fool, the British dessert, and part cocktail. I was reminded today, of a favorite drink in LA called “A Minor Situation”, and wanted to both zhuzh it up, and make it booze free, if you wanted.

The word “fool” can refer to characters like Bottom, or Feste, but culinarily speaking, it’s the French word for crush, or pressing fruit and adding it to custard.

Here, I added a touch of sweetened condensed milk to the muddled fruit to give it a lovely, creamy, Victorian parlor social vibe. Also perfect for bridal showers.

This blushing gal is a mix of

Muddled basil, blackberries, St. Germaine (or plain Elderflower syrup), lemon juice, sweetened condensed milk, peach juice, and bourbon. Muddle, ice, and shake, then pour into coupe glasses.

Now, like I said, there are options. You can leave out the booze, and add more juice and/or club soda. Or switch the bourbon for champagne.

Garnish with the biggest, juiciest blackberries you can get your hands on.

Pinky up, and enjoy.

Fun Fact: If you add cake to a fool, it’s a trifle.

And we suffer none of the above.

Cheers, m’dears!


1/2 cup blackberries

fresh basil leaves

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 ounce St. Germaine (or elderflower syrup to cut the booze)

1 tbsp sweetened condensed milk

1 ounce peach juice

2 ounces bourbon

Optional: club soda or champagne float


  • in a cocktail shaker, muddle basil & blackberries

  • add ice, lemon, condensed milk, peach juice and bourbon

  • shake and strain into a coupe glass

  • float with club soda or champagne if you're feelin' extra.

  • garnish with big fat gorgeous blackberries and basil leaves and Enjoy!

Also optional: very large dramatic hats and sun glasses on a veranda

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