Classic Southern Sips

Classic Southern Sips

May 31st, 2012 in Local Regional News

Southerners have learned the best way to stave off the summer heat is to shake, pour and sip a sweet, ice-cold cocktail on the front porch swing. Summer is made for relaxation and soaking up the sun, so give yourself a break from the grind and treat your taste buds to these four quintessentially Southern cocktails.

the Porch Swing cocktail

Porch Swing

1 1/2 ounces Hendrick's Gin

1 1/2 ounces Pimm's No. 1

4 ounces fresh lemonade

DIRECTIONS: Pour into a Collins glass. Add a splash of 7-Up and finish with 10 finely sliced half-moon cucumbers.

the Scarlet O'Hara cocktail

Mint Julep

5 fresh mint leaves,

plus a few mint sprigs

1 teaspoon sugar

Shaved ice

2 1/2 ounces bourbon whiskey

OPTIONAL GARNISHES: Lemon or Orange slice, or Maraschino cherry

DIRECTIONS: Place mint leaves, sugar and a splash of water into a silver julep cup or a 12-ounce Collins glass. Muddle the mint, sugar and water together with the tip of the handle of a wooden spoon. Fill the glass with shaved ice, add the bourbon and stir until combined. Garnish with a few sprigs of fresh mint.

Scarlet O'Hara

2 ounces Southern Comfort

Dash of lime juice

Cranberry juice

Lime wedge for garnish

OPTIONAL GARNISH: Maraschino cherry

DIRECTIONS: Pour the Southern Comfort and lime juice into a Collins glass filled with ice. Fill with cranberry juice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

Mo-tea-to

1.5 ounces Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka

1 ounce white rum

7 mint leaves

1 tsp. sugar

1 lime

Soda water

DIRECTIONS: Muddle mint leaves with sugar, lime juice and a little bit of soda until the sugar dissolves and the mint aroma intensifies. Add ice, Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and rum and shake. Pour over ice into a highball glass and top with soda. Garnish with a mint spring.