Southern Charm Tip #94: Have a Signature Cocktail

March 6, 2013 | By Caroline McKenzie | Comments (6)
Southern Charm Tip #94: Have a Signature Cocktail

Photo by Becky Luigart-Stayner

Every Southerner should have a signature something. For some, it’s a color (blush or bashful, perhaps?). For others, it’s a strand of pearls. Here at Southern Living we endorse a signature cocktail. Since the pineapple has long been a symbol of hospitality (dating back to Columbus, but largely embraced by the South), we stirred up a pineapple cocktail to toast each season.

Even better: Print the cocktail recipe on pretty paper and package with pewter pineapple cocktail stirrers ($23 for set of 4, woodburypewter.com) and you’ll also have a signature, go-to hostess gift. How do you like them (pine)apples?

For Spring: Pineapple-Rum-Tea Punch

Ingredients
4 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
2 cups water
4 regular-size green tea bags (such as Tazo All Natural Zen Green Tea)
1 (20-oz.) bottle lemon-lime soft drink, chilled
1 cup light rum
2 cups pineapple sherbet

Preparation
Process pineapple, sugar, and lime juice in a blender or food processor 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a large pitcher, pressing to release juices. Discard solids. Bring water to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, and add tea bags. Cover and steep 7 minutes. Discard tea bags. Stir tea into pineapple mixture; cover and chill 4 to 6 hours. Gently stir chilled lemon-lime soft drink and rum into pineapple mixture just before serving. Place pineapple sherbet in a punch bowl or individual glasses. Pour pineapple mixture over sherbet. Serve immediately.

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

For Summer: Strawberry Basil Pineapple Ade

Ingredients
6 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh strawberries
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Bring 6 cups water and pineapple to a boil over high heat; cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in basil leaves. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Process pineapple mixture and strawberries in a blender, in 3 batches, until smooth. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in lemon juice. Serve over ice, or cover and chill until ready to serve.

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

For Fall: Tailgate Sipper

Ingredients
4 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup bourbon
1 cup chilled lemon sparkling water (such as Perrier)
1/2 cup Southern Comfort
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preparation
Process pineapple in a food processor or blender 30 seconds or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a 2-qt. pitcher, pressing to release juice. Discard solids. Stir in bourbon and remaining 4 ingredients. Serve immediately over ice.

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

Photo by Robbie Caponetto

For Winter: Pineapple Cranberry Wassail

Ingredients
4 cups cubed fresh pineapple
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 navel orange, sliced
2 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Preparation
Bring first 7 ingredients and 4 cups water to a boil in a 4-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a pitcher, discarding solids. Stir in lemon juice. Serve immediately.
White Wine-Pineapple-Cranberry Wassail: Prepare recipe as directed, reducing water to 2 cups and stirring in 2 cups dry white wine with lemon juice.

COMMENTS

  1. Jessie

    Sounds yummy! Also, LOVE the dress in the photo. Any idea where I can find it?

    March 6, 2013 at 10:33 am
  2. Caroline McKenzie

    The dress is from Shoshanna’s Spring 2013 collection. You can find it at shoshanna.com.

    March 6, 2013 at 11:17 am
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  5. SHARON

    Where can I get the punch bowl and cups featured in the March 2013 southern charm tips #94.

    March 16, 2013 at 1:48 pm
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