Raise a glass to … 2020? Saving money by not eating out so much? Making it to July? Are we getting warmer? It’s been a heck of a year. Most of us have been staying in more, going out less and trying to find new ways to occupy our time. (If you’ve watched everything Netflix has to offer, you’re not alone.)
One of the features we’ve found that doesn’t get enough love in our listings and one that might be of particular interest to all the newfound homebodies is the in-home bar. That could be anything from a simple serving area incorporated into beverage storage to a modified butler’s pantry to a more elaborate set-up with a TV, pool table or even the Gulf of Mexico as a focal point.
Take a look at these … for design inspiration or for picking your next property where you might pour a drink. And, stay tuned below for a Southern-inspired batch cocktail recipe and one that’s sure to bring the heat.
Southern Peach Tea Bourbon Slush
Two tea bags of choice (peach would be best for this recipe, but regular tea is OK, too)
Sweetener, if desired
Make tea by steeping tea bags of choice in boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Add sweetener, stir and allow to cool. Chop up several peaches into bite-sized chunks and add to tea, along with bourbon. Add all to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a container and freeze until desired, slush consistency. Recipe could be modified to use other types of fruit such as blackberries or mangoes, based on your taste preferences.
Jalapeño Cucumber Margaritas
Add one chopped jalapeño to 10-12 oz. of tequila and allow it to infuse up to an hour (or longer if you prefer more heat). Blend cucumber in blender or food processor, extracting pulp and reserving liquid. Add ice to a large pitcher. Combine juice from cucumbers, orange liqueur, lime juice and tequila and mix well. Garnish glasses with lime and a chili-sea salt dipped rim.