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Friday, June 3, 2011
To evoke the South, as well as the honey that makes up such an important part of this novel, I came up with a twist on iced tea (perfect for the summer!). In The Secret Life of Bees Lily Owens goes on a quest to find out the secret behind her mother's death after finding a jar label for Black Madonna Honey. Once she meets the sisters who produce the honey, her life changes for good, but with some tragedies mixed in. Since there are sweet moments, and there are sour moments in the book, I tried to keep that in mind when mixing up this cocktail. I'm calling it "Oh, Honey". The ingredients are pretty simple and the result is very refreshing. You get the sweetness of the whiskey liqueur, the slight tang of the grapefruit, and the sweet bite of the honey. It's very drinkable and perfect for a cookout or to accompany you while you lounge by the pool (which I wish I had right about now). Here is the recipe and cheers to a Happy Summer!
2 oz. Southern Comfort
3 oz. Iced Tea (you can make your own, or buy it ready made)
3 oz. Grapefruit Juice (fresh squeezed, or store bought)
1 tablespoon of Honey
How to: In a mason jar with ice, layer each ingredient, then stir the heck out of it. The amount of honey can be changed, depending on your taste. You could also make this up in a large pitcher, just keep it 2 parts Southern Comfort to 3 parts iced tea and 3 parts grapefruit juice.