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Dancing Naked in Dixie TOP TEN:  Southern Drinks

There’s so much to love about the Deep South, fabulous food and drink among them. So, if after reading Dancing Naked in Dixie, you’re wondering what Shug Jordan and friends like to mix up on a sultry summer afternoon, take a look at this list of favorite Southern drinks. Most include alcohol, but many can be made without liquor!!

1. Mint Julep – Often served in pewter cups to allow frost to form, these drinks include mint leaves, bourbon, sugar, and water. Our neighbors served these this year during their annual Kentucky Derby Party!!

2. Southern Comfort Slush – Great on a hot afternoon! Mix 6 ounces of CranApple Drink, 1 cup of Southern Comfort, 3/4 cup water, and one 6 ounce can of frozen daiquiri mix. Combine all of the ingredients, pour into freezer safe containers, and take out ten minutes before serving the drinks.

3. Hurricane – Perfect for parties. Add Passion Fruit Cocktail mix, lemon juice, dark rum to crushed ice. Decorate with orange slices and cherries.

4. Bourbon & Coke – Bourbon. Coke. Ice.

5. Alabama Slammer – Simple and delicious. 1 1/3 ounces of Absolut Vodka in a glass. Fill with cranberry juice.

6. Old Fashioned – Mix 1/2 lump sugar, 2 dashes bitters, and 1 teaspoon water. Swirl to dissolve the sugar. Add ice cubes and 1 jigger of Whiskey. Decorate with slice of orange or lemon and stir.

7. Gin Fizz – This takes some work, but is tasty and fun to drink! Combine 1 tbsp. powdered sugar, 1/2 tsp. lime juice, 1/2 tsp. lemon juice, 2 drops orange flower water, and 1 egg white. Add: 1 whiskey glass sweet gin, 2 whiskey glasses of cream, and 2 whiskey glasses seltzer water, plus 1/2 a glass of crushed ice. Shake, strain, and drink.

8. Swamp Water – Stir up 1 can of concentrated orange juice, 1 can of water, and 1 quart of white grape juice. Add 5 drops of green food coloring. When you get ready to serve drinks, put everything in a large punch bowl, then add 1 large bottle of lemon-lime soda. For fun, add washed, assorted plastic spiders and plastic bugs in ice cubes.

9. Sangria – A traditional favorite that almost everyone will love. You’ll need 1 bottle of white wine or blush chablis, 1 two-liter bottle of club soda, 2 cups sugar, 3 oranges, thinly sliced, and 3 lemons, thinly sliced. Wash and slice the oranges and lemons. Discard seeds. Combine all ingredients (including lemon and orange juices) in a large container. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. Serve over ice.

10. Mississippi Mud – 1 1/2 oz. Southern Comfort or Bourbon, 1 1/2 oz. coffee liqueur (Kalva or Tia Maria), 2 lg. scoops vanilla ice cream, and shaved chocolate for garnish. Place ice cream, Southern Comfort and liqueur in blender. Blend just until thick. Spoon into cocktail or parfait glasses and garnish with shaved chocolate.Thanks so very much for having me on your site! I LOVE hearing from readers and welcome questions and comments about Dancing Naked in Dixie, writing, and publishing.    xx, Lauren

About Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark is the author of Stay Tuned and Dancing Naked in Dixie. She writes contemporary novels set in the Deep South; stories sprinkled with sunshine, suspense, and secrets.

A former TV news anchor, Lauren adores flavored coffee, local book stores, and anywhere she can stick her toes in the sand. Her big loves are her family, paying it forward, and true-blue friends. Check out her website at www.laurenclarkbooks.com.

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Dancing Naked in Dixie

Travel writer Julia Sullivan lives life in fast-forward. She jet sets to Europe and the Caribbean with barely a moment to blink or sleep. But too many mishaps and missed deadlines have Julia on the verge of being fired. With a stern warning, and unemployment looming, she’s offered one last chance to rescue her career. Julia embarks on an unlikely journey to the ‘Heart of Dixie’—Eufaula, Alabama—home to magnificent mansions, sweet tea, and the annual Pilgrimage. Julia arrives, soon charmed by the lovely city and her handsome host, but her stay is marred by a shocking discovery. Can Julia’s story save her career, Eufaula, and the annual Pilgrimage?

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