My "back porch" is my kitchen, my favorite room in the house. Come on in, the coffee is fresh, and I just made a pitcher of sweet tea. The cookies will be out in a minute. I have over 40 years of recipes to share with you, along with my opinion on everything. Oh my, you are right, it is cocktail time. What can I get you? Of course I can make you a Mint Julep! Stop by anytime, something is always cooking, and the back door is never locked.

Bon Appetit, Y'all

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Old Southern Tea Room 24 Hour Cocktail

Founded in 1941 by Mary McKay, The Old Southern Tea Room in Vicksburg, Mississippi is one of the South's legenday restaurants. What could inspire so much excitement for so many years, you ask? Nothing but plain old Southern home cookin' - the best fried chicken anywhere, the crispest friend shrimp, and desserts that could make you cry, if depreived of them! This cocktail is a long-time favorite at the Tea Room, and is at its best after being refrigerated for 24 hours.

This is perfect for back yard grilling, formal dinners or sitting on the porch sipping. I love the make-ahead part. You could certainly use this for a Derby Party.

The Old Southern Tea Room 24-Hour Cocktail
makes 3 quarts
print recipe

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 quart (4 cups) orange juice
2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 cups unsweetened grapefruit juice
2/3 cup Grenadine syrup
3 cups good-quality Kentucky bourbon whiskey
Crushed Ice

garnish with anything you like or nothing at all

Combine all ingredients except ice in a 3-4 quart container. Cover and refrigerator 24 hours. To serve, shake well and serve over crushed ice.


  1. maybe i'll have this for breakfast this morning! it would help me deal with the roofers better!!!

  2. Sounds like a great way to spend a weekend -- sipping and lounging. :)

  3. Wow, does this sound good, I am bookmarking this one. Summer will come one day to the land of rain.


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