Cocktail Recipe: Sookie St. James

Sookie St. James is perhaps best described as Lorelai Gilmore's accident-prone best friend and platonic life partner.

Played by Melissa McCarthy, she's funny, beautiful, creative, and caring. She also happens to be fat. But you know what's really cool about Gilmore Girls? No one ever mentions that Sookie is fat. It's never a plot point that she can't get a man because she isn't skinny. She's not depressed. There's never a Very Special Episode where she comes to terms with how fat she is and tries to loose weight. She never goes on a binge diet or is seen making herself exercise to make up for whatever she ate that day. She's just awesome. Not "she would be so pretty if she just lost some weight" awesome. Just awesome. Period.

I fell in love with Melissa McCarthy in the role as Sookie because she's just so charming and real, but also because it's so rare to see a woman her size being the love interest on a show, accepted and loved for Who She Is and not What She Should Be.  I wish I could say I've brought myself to watch more of her work since then, but I just haven't been able to. The Chris Farley-esque body comedy where her fatness is her punchline makes me feel all wounded. Maybe it's a good sign that women can have body comedy, too... I just wish a talented fat actress could get noticed for something else. I know that she's at least partially responsible for some of these characters (she wrote and produced her latest film, Tammy), so I suppose she's comfortable with the roles she chooses. I just wonder what the chances are that she'd get a movie funded where she wasn't having the play a variation of the same bumbling fatso?

ANYWAY. Back to Sookie.

Sookie is a talented chef, and much of her screen time involves her in/around the kitchen. She's constantly experimenting with different dishes and ingredients, often allowing her imagination to get the best of her as she prepares incredibly elaborate meals (ahem, not that I can relate or anything). I wanted her drink to be creative and decadent; a little cocktail she would enjoy as a fellow foodie.

MMmm, sauce bath. Images found here.

So, in her honor, I present to you:

Sookie St. James

You'll Need:

Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: cream, honey, vodka, apricot liqueur}
Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: cream, honey, vodka, apricot liqueur}
  • 1-2 tsp honey
  • 1 oz vodka [I used Zubrowka]
  • 1/2 oz apricot liqueur
  • 1/2 oz (1 tbsp) half & half or heavy cream. Milk just won't do here, y'all. High fat content = non curdled cocktails. Trust. {I used half & half.}
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup of clean, fresh lemon balm leaves. Don't have these? If you absolutely can't find them, I'd say a sage leaf or two would probably yield tasty results. Not the same as lemon balm, but still tasty.

Firstly: Prepare your desired cocktail glass by drizzling honey in the bottom of it. I'm actually using what I assume is a pudding/ice cream dish that I just found this past weekend at a garage sale {thanks, friends!}.

Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: honey in glass}
Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: honey in glass}

Next: Add ice, lemon balm and apricot liqueur to shaker and muddle the ever lovin' crap out of it. I don't have a muddler right now (gasp!), so I just used a good ol' wooden spoon. Don't worry about getting fancy. Worry about getting it muddled!

Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: lemon balm}
Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: lemon balm}

Thirdly: Add vodka and cream. Shake the shit out of it. No, seriously, shake it REAL good. Get that ice all pulverized. We want that cream to get smooth and frothy in there.

Lastly: Strain over honey into your cocktail glass. Garnish with a single lemon balm leaf. Marvel at how well the delicate, vegetal notes of the lemon balm play with the slight sweetness of the cream & apricot liqueur. Feel that vodka flush your cheeks. Get a taste of honey at the end.

Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: finished cocktail, featuring vodka, apricot liqueur, lemon balm, honey, and cream}
Sookie St. James: A Gilmore Girls Inspired Sara Galactica Cocktail Original {pictured: finished cocktail, featuring vodka, apricot liqueur, lemon balm, honey, and cream}

We have SO much lemon balm in the garden right now. If you or a friend have lemon balm in the herb patch, get some quick! It's pretty darn happy right now, and this cocktail is your summer garden in a glass. Jackson would be proud. Enjoy!

- Actual Out