[SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers for Empire: Season 1]
I’m always looking for new shows to binge watch while I’m cleaning or cooking, and last year’s biggest surprise was Empire, a series about a hip hop mogul and his family’s fight for control of his company. I appreciated that the show addressed taboo topics in the hip hop community, and I especially relished the tension and shifting alliances between family members. I found myself sympathizing with all of the characters at some point or another, even the arrogant Lucious and spoiled Hakeem. After all, we all have our fair share of mommy/daddy issues and sibling rivalries, right?
My favorite character by far is the matriarch of the family, Cookie Lyon. In the first episode, she’s portrayed as a potential threat to Lucious’ empire, but it quickly becomes apparent that she’s the heroine of the series who fights for her sons and, in her own words, “claim what’s hers.”
Cookie continuously finds herself in situations where a normal person might feel intimidated and outclassed, but her street smarts, sass, and refusal to be anything but her own bad self (leopard-print bodycon dresses and all) help her get out on top. If I could channel my inner-Cookie Lyon every day, I’d probably already have gotten a raise, or at least a better job title.
The second season debuts on September 23rd, and I’m excited to find out how Lucious is going to reclaim his throne and exact his revenge. As you’re getting ready to watch the first episode of the second season, make yourself a glass of this cocktail as a tribute to the lovely Cookie Lyon. Just like the reigning queen of the Lyon Empire, this vodka raspberry champagne cocktail is sassy, sweet, and just a little bit explosive.
The Cookie Lyon Champagne Cocktail (Yield: 1 cocktail)
1 ½ oz. fresh raspberries
1 cube of sugar
¾ oz. raspberry-flavored vodka
½ oz. lemon juice
- Roll the raspberries in sugar and add to a champagne flute glass.
- Mix the vodka, lemon juice, and ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into the champagne flute glass.
- Top with Brut champagne.