How to Speak Southern

Nothing Says Lowcountry Like a Cocktail and Mud

August 7, 2014

This past Monday I was tasked with providing a specialty cocktail for a happy hour with coworkers. They know cocktails are my specialty. Of course I wanted to make it pretty and tasty, but I also wanted to make sure it was cheap too — I don’t like spending a lot of money on anything, even when it’s not my own. 

Another particularly interesting tidbit of the happy hour was that it was out in the middle of nowhere — our team loaded up in trucks and were taken to God only knows where and left to drink and chat with the marsh, trees, bugs and animals of the Lowcountry. If the Lowcountry had its own Real Housewives show, this would be the perfect backdrop — The Real Housewives of the LC. It was also kind of like Naked and Afraid… except with clothes, alcohol and coworkers. Thank God I wasn’t naked, I’d be very afraid of the bugs. Oh and being naked around people I work with. 

So all of this was very lovely and outdoor-sy — look at me I’m glamping! —  but there was one teeny blip in the plan — it poured. Damn. 

As the heavens opened up and rain gushed all around us, I happily poured each of my coworkers a delicious cocktail created with prosecco, a dash of Italian orange soda and blueberries. Blueberries were on sale, I’m sure any fruit would do. It was essentially a happy hour mimosa, and it made everyone very happy indeed.


bottles and cup

 Ingredients: 2 bottles of prosecco, 1 bottle of Italian orange soda, 1 carton of blueberries or cheap and in-season fruit. I got the semi-cheap prosecco at $10 a bottle, and the italian soda was $4.

Directions: Pour 3/4 of a glass of champs, top with Italian orange soda and float the fruit. Easy enough.

cup up close

I also bought some cute paper straws and cut them in half to put in the glasses. Just for some happy hour flair. 

bottles and cup 2

bottles again


 The torrential downpour was the perfect test for my J.Crew dress made out of scuba suit material. Remember when I recommended it here? I never thought I’d need to use it as a wet suit, but you know what happens when you assume.

stopped raining

 Rain stopped. Beautiful backdrop. The Real Housewives of the LC know how to throw down. 


Some cacti.


 Even though it rained, it definitely didn’t rain on my specialty cocktail parade. This is the perfect cocktail to whip up this weekend to impress your friends and make them think you spent a lot of time and money on them. Perception is 90% of reality.

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  • Reply Rachel August 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Hey Anna! Love your blog. You’re good at all the things I’m terrible at (aka home décor and fashion). I’m stealing this idea, as I’ve never been the biggest fan of mimosas (don’t know if it’s the orange juice, early morning forced-drinking at tailgates, or always drinking Andre?), but I think I’d appreciate them with Italian orange soda- so fancy. I’ve also been blogging recently, but haven’t let it loose via the Facebook yet (too nervous). Great job!

    • Reply Anna August 11, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Thanks so much Rachel! I’m so glad you are blogging, I think everyone should try it out — uses parts of your brain that you didn’t know you had. And I definitely understand about being afraid to share it on Facebook. To blog is to open yourself up to public judgment… From anyone, anywhere… and people you don’t even know! Which is very interesting. But, in my opinion, worth it.

      If you’re not a big mimosa fan (ditch the andre!) this is a great alternative for you. Not too sweet either — and you can sing “I’m So Fancy” while you drink it, too. Only if you want to though…

      Share your blog with everyone! Life’s too short to be skerred. 🙂

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