The game was set for Sunday evening in Miami, but many football fans flocked to the Saints’ home town where the party began long before kickoff. “This is the pinnacle of my life — now I can die,” said Randy Sumrall, who had fled the city after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 but returned to watch the game on television with his former neighbours. Saints fever led to the creation of a New Orleans Saints cocktail fashioned by John Byrd of Commander’s Palace. The drink is called Black and Gold Rising. Word has it that Saints quarterback Drew Brees tasted the mix and gave it a thumbs up. If you want to make this at home, here is the recipe: Black and Gold Rising By John Byrd of Commander’s Palace 1 lemon wedge 1/4 oz simple syrup 3 thin slices of cucumber pinch of white pepper 3 to 4 chives 3/4 oz lime juice 1/2 oz Fee Brothers’ Warm Ginger Cordial Syrup 1 oz Gosling’s Gold Bermuda Rum 1 oz Gosling’s Black Seal Rum 24k gold dust (optional) Squeeze lemon wedge into a cocktail shaker, and add simple syrup, cucumber and a pinch of white pepper. Cut chives into 1-inch strips and add to shaker. Muddle all ingredients then add lime juice, Warm Ginger Cordial Syrup and both rums. Shake with ice and strain through mesh strainer into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with two 4-inch chives and sprinkle 24-karat gold dust on top. “This championship is for you, New Orleans,” Drew Brees shouted after steering the Saints to victory in their first appearance in a Super Bowl. Brees, the New Orleans quarterback, was named Most Valuable Player for completing 32 passes and throwing two touchdowns as the Saints beat the more-fancied Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Miami. Photograph courtesy of Patrick Kidd.