Southern Cocktails Dixie Drinks, Party Potions & Classic Libations
by Denise Gee Photographs by Robert M. Peacock
From the inside cover: Is it Five O'Clock Yet? The cocktail hour has long been a cherished tradition of the South, a relaxing way to wind down and enjoy the conversation of friends and family, maybe with a tasty little appetizer to nibble on, too. But why stop at the cocktail hour, when you can make it an all-out party? Here you'll find the favorites, old and new. Don't wait for the Kentucky Derby to enjoy a Classic Mint Julep, or for Mardi Gras in New Orleans to quaff a Hurricane. Shake up a batch of Blueberry martinis for an elegant cocktail party with a twist, or serve a sparkling bowl of Champagne Punch at your next celebration. And since, after all, tomorrow is another day, go ahead and enjoy another Scarlett O'Hara. Have some nice Devilish Eggs, or one of the other appetizer recipes you'll find here, to go with it. A section on Bar Necessities will give you a hand in stocking your bar, creating garnishes, and serving in the proper glass, and a short list of classic toasts will get the evening started, Southern-style.