Southern Jasmine

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Our Southern Jasmine fragrance has been one of our best selling florals since the beginning of Milkhouse Candles.  Dew-kissed white jasmine flowers in the early morning.  It is like a walk down a path in a groomed southern garden.

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Now, we are way up here in the midwest and the evenings this time of year are anything but warm and balmy.  So, we will have to be a bit creative to create a southern cocktail inspired by this fragrance.  

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Fragrant jasmine tea sounds like a perfect base for a libation.  The cool evening calls for something warm and what is more southern than a peach.  I think we have a concept.  

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Warmed apple cider steeped with a hint of floral jasmine tea and heated with peach schnapps is the perfect way to honor our friends to the south and still keep ourselves warm and comforted.  

 

I always have a couple of southern staples in my kitchen, one is Jezabel Sauce and the other is Pimento Cheese.  Jezebel is a wonderful combinations of sweet fruit preserves spiced up with a good hit of horseradish and mustard.  It is good on cream cheese as a spread, spread on sandwiches, spooned on burgers and brats, or as a topping for grilled chicken and pork.  There are many variations on the internet, and I suggest you pick your favorite and keep it on hand.  

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Here I used a cornbread mix and added about ⅓ cup of Jezebel sauce to the batter before baking.  I poured the batter in madeleine pan to create bite size cornbreads and served a little Jezebel sauce on the side for dipping.  

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The pimento cheese is spread on white bread and cut into triangles for a traditional southern treat.  

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Lucky for me, the garden is winding down for the season, and I have a few green tomatoes still clinging to the vines.  I just can’t resist making a plate of fried green tomatoes to go with this spread.  I like mine simply dipped in egg and milk and coated with a mixture of seasoned flour and cornmeal.  Fry until crisp in peanut oil.   I have topped these with a fresh herb dressing, but they are equally as good with feta, Sriracha, or even a dollop of Jezebel Sauce.  

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Well, there you have it…a southern treat, that can be enjoyed even up here in the Midwest!

 

 

 

Southern Jasmine Cocktail
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Ingredients
  • 5 ounces apple cider
  • 1 jasmine tea bag
  • 2 ounces peach schnapps
  • cinnamon stick and peach slice for garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat apple cider in a small saucepan to a simmer. Add the tea bag and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove tea. Add schnapps. Heat. Pour into heatproof mug and garnish with cinnamon stick and peach slice if desired.