We’re heading in to the home stretch of my favorite season, but as the old saying goes, “it ain’t over till it’s over.”  So tonight for my big brother’s 30th birthday celebration at our parent’s house, I decided to make some festive cocktails that are really only appropriate for these hot days and I found a recipe that does the south proud too.  Double win.

Sweet Savannah Fizz

  • 1.5 oz sweet tea vodka
  •  mint leaves
  • ½ oz simple syrup
  • champagne

These couldn’t have been much easier to make.  In Camille’s recipe (here), she breaks it down to ounces and exact number of leaves per drink, but I’m a free spirit (who likes to booze) so I just guessed at it and these turned out delish.  It’s the kind of drink that’s made entirely of alcohol yet doesn’t taste like it in the slightest so exercise caution, friends.

Muddle some mint then fill a glass with a shot or two of sweet tea vodka (I count “one one thousand” as a shot), then add a splash of simple syrup, then top off with champagne!

After cocktails, barbecue ribs, heirloom tomato salad, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes, we had some of my mom’s awesome pie.  We southern women know how to do it up right for birthdays.  Check out that meringue!

This pie was a butterscotch meringue (yum), but I’ve been dying to make this Grapfruit Meringue Pie recipe.  Would be great for summer (even though technically it’s a winter fruit).  Only a few weeks of summer left.  Better live it up and get my fill of summer treats while I can.


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