In most places other than here, which is almost always the defining phrase, fall colors are usually earth tones – browns, yellows, oranges. Around here, the colors of this time of year are black and gold; purple and gold; and green and white.

And right about now every year, for us denizens of South Louisiana, hopes for victories and championships reign supreme. We literally wear these colors on our sleeves, on our backs and in our hearts. We not only adore those colors but we’ll eat food in those colors and, now, drink drinks incorporating them.

Daniel Victory of Victory in the CBD understands who we are and what we want. He is one of us. Even the “bar guys” are all in.

Black & Gold Mojito

2 ounces Bacardi Gold
8 fresh mint leaves
1/2 fresh lime, in pieces
4 fresh blackberries
1/2 ounce simple syrup
Club soda
Crushed ice
Sprig of mint and blackberry for garnish

Muddle mint, lime pieces, simple syrup and blackberries in tall glass. Fill glass with crushed ice.

Pour in rum, then top with soda. Stir to blend, then garnish with mint and blackberry.


Created by Daniel Victory and served at Victory, 339 Baronne St., 522-8664,