Cora Cocktail


This is not a photo I took of the Cora Cocktail because I made a huge mess and we drank them too fast. But Google proved handy in providing a photo that looks remarkably similar.

After much research to find the original recipe for the “Tears of Cora Pearl” and speaking with several rockstar cocktaliers in Chicago, I ended up just winging it last night and made something I’m very proud of. Since it made Madame smile with surprise, I’m going to call it “The Smile of Cora Pearl” (likely the “Cora Cocktail” for short). Anyway, here’s what I did:


  • 4 medium fresh strawberries
  • 1/3 lemon
  • 1 tsp turbinado sugar
  • 1 oz Creme de Cacao Blanc
  • Ice
  • Extra Dry Champagne

Muddle the strawberries, lemon and sugar. Add to shaker with Cacao Blanc and Ice. Shake and strain into 2 flutes (should fill about 1/3). Top with Champagne. Hand one flute to a lover, clink glasses (always make eye contact) and give the toast: “You are today, Madame, the renown, the preoccupation, the scandal and the toast of Paris. Everywhere they talk only of you…

About FV Everleigh

FV Everleigh is a queer preacher’s kid in Los Angeles. After years as an award winning Christian rock star, FV toured the globe producing acclaimed burlesque shows with a world famous stripper. They eventually moved into John Wayne’s favorite New Orleans brothel and adopted the name Everleigh in tribute to sisters who ran an opulent Chicago bordello in 1900. In addition to training at UCLA, FV has a Television Writing Certificate from Writing Pad LA and is a Roadmap Writers TOP TIER writer. His scripts have placed in the ScreenCraft, Roadmap and Inroads Fellowship competitions. He has a collection of short stories and a novel both being published in 2022 and is a guest contributor to Twenty years surrounded by sex-positive women, outré artists and circus misfits has informed FV’s sexually subversive, morally murky, visually yummy stories where marginalized protagonists win...eventually.
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