Fun and Porches

Our front porch is what you might call diminutive. At the least, it could use this to sass it up:

If it were bigger, then we could create what all the home catalogs are calling "outdoor living rooms." West Elm, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrell, Restoration Hardware, these retailers all send me catalogs, which I page through and then recyle, lest I be tempted.  But part of me also has to chuckle as this trendy concept they've "invented."  Because really, people in the South have had outdoor living rooms since they started building houses.  They're called porches.  Urban planners and especially New Urbanist types will agree.  Everything old is new again, including attractive outdoor furniture and decor.

My regular email from Garden and Gun also reminds me that a whole culture surrounding porch living has evolved in the South, and of course there's a book to help you out here:

The book includes such lovely porchscapes as:


Are these not places where you'd like to pull out your grandmother's crystal punch bowl and serve this? (via Garden and Gun's Talk of the South newsletter)

Bourbon Slush

Serves 16–18

6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)

Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired.

Strong Tea
2 cups water
1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside.


Farrell and Lauren said...

This reminds me that I want to try the slush, despite my (gasp) dislike of bourbon : )

Becca said...

Thank you for posting this wonderful drink recipe it will be delightful while sitting on our porch in the heat and humidity.

Melina said...

A girly drink that's actually a slush?? Don't mind if I do!!

annabelle said...

LGO'C, is that you? Is that the real reason you had to move to New York? They found out you don't like bourbon and asked you (politely) to vacate Virginia? He he. Haven't tried the Slush yet, but I bet it's good : )

Amity said...

Maybe I am secretly southern. When you posted about the pig I felt a kindred spirit. Now you have brought out the bourbon. Maybe I am not who I think I am. Or maybe pig and bourbon equates to girls who love the country.

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