When I moved to Georgia from California six years ago, I imagined spending my evenings sipping sweet tea and chatting with friendly neighbors on moonlit porches.
I thought surely my husband and I would buy a home with a wrap-around porch big enough to comfortably seat everyone on our block.
When the home-buying decision was upon us, though, we traded our dream porch for two closets in the master bedroom, double ovens in the kitchen and a deck out back.
I didn’t look back until I encountered “Porch Parties: Cocktail Recipes and Easy Ideas for Outdoor Entertaining” at the bookstore last week.
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If it’s possible to have a pang of buyer’s remorse five and a half years after making a purchase, I had it.
Suddenly I had an overwhelming desire to buy a rocking chair, make a pitcher of tea and pretend my front stoop was my dream porch.
If you have a porch upon which to sit, do it. Spring is the perfect season to enjoy some quality outdoor time and reconnect with neighbors while admiring your azaleas.
No porch? Don’t be depressed. Have a porch party on your deck, in your yard or in your living room. A cozy ambiance, a few cocktails and some friendly neighbors are all you really need to create a porch-like feel.
Serve a couple of these bourbon slushes and no one will even notice your porch party is missing the porch.
6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 12-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and stir until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon sized freezer bags and place in freezer for one hour. To serve, place frozen punch in a punch bowl and let thaw. Add ice or water as desired. Garnish with mint lemon slices.
Source: “Porch Parties” by Denise Gee
Want an alternative to tea? Try this:
1 can frozen lemonade concentrate
1 2-liter lemon-lime soda
2 cups vodka
Juice from 1 lime
Stir liquids in a pitcher and add ice.