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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The pimento cheese is spread on white bread and cut into triangles for a traditional southern treat.
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.
Well, there you have it…a southern treat, that can be enjoyed even up here in the Midwest!
- 5 ounces apple cider
- 1 jasmine tea bag
- 2 ounces peach schnapps
- cinnamon stick and peach slice for garnish
- 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.