• Southern summer sipper

    peach bourbon cocktail

    While I’m (obviously) a proponent of drinking cocktails year round, there are some drinks that just taste better in the summer. This is one of those cocktails: fresh peaches squeezed into a pitcher with lemon juice, bourbon, jalapeno simple syrup and a few sprigs of thyme. Perfect for sipping on the screened-in porch. Thank you […]

  • Hangover remedy

    hangover cure

    As much as I’d like to think I’m still 23, the headaches I get the morning after several cocktails — or even two glasses of wine — make it very clear that I am not. And while there are several things you can do to avoid a hangover without swearing off margaritas forever, sometimes I get a […]

  • Navy Blue and Gold margarita

    meyer lemon margarita

    We had every intention of going to Philadelphia for the Army-Navy game this year, but we waited too long to get tickets. So instead, we decided to have a party at our house. Along with the beer, pulled pork and macaroni and cheese, I thought we needed a Navy-themed margarita. Luckily for me, Meyer lemons […]

  • Greenya colada

    greenya colada

    I’ve been making and drinking smoothies since childhood, but I have to admit it had never occured to me to add greens to the mix. But, before the green juice craze started, I was talking to a neighbor and she mentioned that she always adds a handful or two of spinach to smoothies for her […]

  • Beergaritas

    pitcher of beergaritas

    It would be lovely if we all had endless supplies of margaritas made from fresh-squeezed lime juice, agave syrup and premium tequila, rimmed with a fancy artisanal salt blend and garnished with a sliver of orange peel. But sometimes, you just need a bunch of margaritas, stat. Maybe you’re having a party… or maybe it’s […]

  • Pineapple iced tea

    pineapple mint tea

    While I obviously love a good cocktail, I feel like parties need a fun non-alcoholic drink, too. And though the peach tea punch I made a few months ago was quite delicious, I wanted to try something a bit different. Sweet tea is always a good plan, but legit Southern sweet tea can be a little […]

  • Grown-up cherry vanilla Coke

    alcoholic cherry vanilla coke

    I’ve always been Team Coke. Even though I didn’t grow up in the South, I have always referred to fizzy soft drinks as Coke — not “pop” or “soda.” And I really dislike the taste of Pepsi. What is really annoying, though, is when people try to tell me I can’t tell the difference between […]

  • Georgia peach tea punch

    georgia peach tea punch

    I have a problem. I love inviting people over and making tons of food for them — way too much food, always — but I never plan it out correctly. What that means is that I’m usually still cooking when the first guests arrive, and there’s always at least one thing that doesn’t get made. […]

  • Not horchata

    not horchata

    Horchata in Spain is made with nuts. Mexican horchata is made with rice. Neither one is made with bananas. But, bear with me here. We recently started (and then failed at, but are trying again) Whole30, and I randomly started craving horchata. I don’t know why — I rarely order it, even though it is […]

  • Pineapple and jalapeno-infused tequila

    Happy Cinco de Mayo! I hope you’re celebrating with tacos and margaritas! I celebrated a bit early, by infusing some tequila with pineapple and jalapeños in an empty lemonade bottle, as one does. The restaurants around here all seem to have some kind of margarita with a spicy kick, and I’m partial to the pineapple […]