Sweet Tea

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Sweet Tea Yields 1 gallon Ingredients 1 gallon of cold water, divided 1 cup granulated sugar 2 family sized iced tea bags, such as Luzianne mint leaves or lemon slices, for serving Procedure Bring 2 quart of water to a boil over high heat. Add the sugar, stir to combine, remove from the heat and cool for 5 minutes. Add the tea bags to the sugar water and steep for 8 minutes. Remove the tea bags. Combine the tea and remaining water in a large pitcher. Chill before serving. Fresh brewed tea lasts about a week in the...

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Champagne Taste on a Beer Budget...

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  As a responsible Southern girl, one of my recurring New Year’s resolutions—along with drinking more delicious wine—is to save more money. Crazy as it may seem, I’ve discovered that these goals go together like biscuits and gravy. And I’ll tell you why. Right now, we live in a time where there is more good quality, reasonably priced wine available than ever before. Winemaking technology, consumer demand and viticultural know-how have replaced a good bit of plonk on the shelves with wines that taste good and won’t break the bank. (Don’t believe me? Ask your Momma about the Wild Irish Rose days. She’ll tell you how times have changed.) Fortunately for us, too, there are more wine choices available now from all kinds of places, in all price ranges. So join me in making...

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Make Your Own Wine Labels

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  Wine is a holiday staple, both for serving at get-togethers and gifting.  Make your favorite bottles extra-special by making personalized wine labels with these suggestions from grapestompers.com  How to make your own wine...

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Holiday Hot Chocolate

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  Day 5 of the 31 Days of Drawl is all about spicing up everybody’s favorite winter treat, hot chocolate. Whether you’re trimming the tree or relaxing by the fire (in the South, maybe the pool!), we’ve got something you’ll want to sip. As an added bonus, all these recipes are kid-friendly, but come with adult variations! Basic Hot Chocolate* Serves 4 - Adapted from Allrecipes.com Ingredients ⅓ c. unsweetened cocoa powder ¾ c. white sugar 1 pinch salt ⅓ c. boiling water 3½ c. milk ¾ tsp. vanilla extract ½ c. half-and-half  Marshmallows and/or whipped cream Procedure Combine the cocoa, sugar, salt, and boiling water in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a light boil while stirring. Simmer for approx. 2 minutes, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Reduce heat to low, and stir in milk. Heat...

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Ginger Cocktails

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      Autumn cocktails benefit greatly from spice and warmth, and ginger is a great way to bring those qualities to drink. As a bonus, the ginger syrup, once strained and put in a pretty bottle, makes a great hostess gift. Ginger Syrup 1 thumb-sized piece of ginger, peeled and chopped 1 c. sugar 1¼ c. water Combine ingredients in pot over medium-low heat. Simmer until sugar is dissolved. Continue to simmer over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool. Pour mixture into jar and refrigerate overnight. Strain. Store in refrigerator for up to a week. Ginger Soda Mix ginger syrup, starting with two tablespoons, with 12 oz. club soda. Taste and adjust. Cream Soda Cocktail Mix one shot vanilla or cake-flavored vodka with one tablespoon ginger syrup. Add ice and club...

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