Southern Belle*

Cocktail hour?

What’s happened to good old-fashioned cocktail hours?  You know the kind:  those idealized soirées with ice buckets,

We had one just like this at home growing up, We used it to serve hot rolls at Sunday dinner! 🙂

cocktail shakers,

I would love one of these to go with the penguin ice bucket above.

rolling cocktail carts,

From West Elm

fancy-aproned hostesses.


Since it’s now officially Spring and the weather is conducive to cocktail time on the patio, I wanted to bring back this tradition or at least this tradition with some delicious potent potables.  (I probably won’t have a fancy apron on.)

Here’s one that I based on The Marilyn Monroe.   I grabbed some peach brandy instead of apple brandy to whip this up. (A Marilyn has apple brandy for the base.)

Scarlett O’Hara Cocktail*

Based on The Marilyn Monroe


  • 1 oz. peach brandy
  • 4 oz. Champagne
  • 1 dash grenadine
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Add peach brandy and grenadine into a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake well.
  • Strain into a saucer glass and top with champagne. Garnish with Maraschino Cherries.

Serves 1

I originally wanted to entitle this a “Southern Belle” cocktail but after a quick search I found out there is a bourbon-fused drink by this name.   So, who’s the most famous and Southern of all the Southern Belle’s?  Of course, Scarlett herself.


Here’s to a great Spring Break!

(With the peach brandy and the grenadine, this is a very sweet drink.  Add the champagne and it becomes a bit dangerous—just like Miss O’Hara.)

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*OK—Just before posting, I googled “Scarlett O’Hara cocktail.”   Alas, there is one of those as well.

Oh, well–maybe I will call this the “Carol Burnett Cocktail!!!!!”




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