Good Libations

Quintessentially southern wedding cocktails

Southern soirees evoke a sense of relaxation and hospitality unlike any other locale. From front porch sitting to fireflies scattered across a night sky, the only thing that beats the thought of a southern night is being there to experience it. Signature cocktails come in all shapes and forms, but when it comes to your wedding night, why not toast the occasion with a Southern-born libation. With ingredients like freshly brewed sweet tea and sprigs of fresh mint, no doubt all your friends and family will drink to that!

1. The Mint Julep

2 oz. bourbon

1/2 oz. simple syrup

Fresh mint

Powdered sugar

Fill glass 1/3 full with mint leaves, add simple syrup and muddle. Remove mint leaves. Then fill glass with crushed ice to the halfway mark, add bourbon and a dash of simple syrup. Top with a bit more crushed ice and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Garnish with mint sprig. 

2. The Scarlet O'Hara

2 oz. Southern Comfort

Dash of lime juice

Cranberry juice

Lime wedge

Pour Southern Comfort and dash of lime juice into ice-filled glass. Fill remainder of glass with cranberry juice. Then garnish with lime wedge. 

3. The Yellow Hammer

1/2 oz. vodka

1 oz. Malibu rum

1/4 oz. dark rum

5 1/4 oz. pineapple juice

1 3/4 oz. orange juice

Combine all ingredients over ice, stir and serve. 

4. The Charleston

1 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. Madeira

2 oz. unsweetened brewed iced tea

2 oz. lemonade

*Mint simple syrup

Fresh mint

Seedless green grapes

Shake vodka, Madeira, tea, lemonade and a few dashes of simple syrup with ice. Pour into tall glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with mint sprigs and grapes. *For mint simple syrup: in small saucepan, bring 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar to boiling point. Stir frequently until sugar dissolves completely. Add 1 tablespoon of bruised mint leaves. Let cool and then strain. 

5. The Sweet Tea Sour

2 oz. Four Roses bourbon

*1 oz. sweet tea syrup

1 oz. lemon juice

1/2 oz. egg white

Combine all ingredients, shake with ice in cocktail shaker. Pour into tall glass and serve. *For sweet tea syrup: Place two large tea bags in 3 pints of boiling water for exactly 30 minutes. Remove tea and add 1 quart sugar while water is still hot. Stir until sugar is dissolved and allow it to cool completely. 

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