July 4th Big Batch Cocktail

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer

Nobody wants to miss the fun of Fourth of July entertaining by mixing individual drinks for all of your guests. With this red, white and blue Summer Sangria from Weathervane Bar Manager Jess Donnell, you’ll be able to sip and celebrate!
Summer Sangria
In a gallon container, add:
8 cups/66 oz Ouro Vinho Verde
4 cups/33 oz Cannonborough Beverage Co. Grapefruit Elderflower
2 cups/16.5 oz Triple Sec
2/3 cup/ 5.5 oz Owl’s… read more

Willie Byrd Chocolate Sauce – Inspired by Dad

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer, Chocolate

When Ann Colby thinks about Father’s Day, she thinks about chocolate.
Her dad, William Byrd Rawlings – known to friends as Willie Byrd – used to make a dark chocolate sauce so irresistibly delicious that he kept a small silver spoon next to the jar he stashed in the cupboard. And everyone knew to not touch it unless invited.
“You did not get into dad’s jar of sauce,” Colby recalls with a laugh. “He made it all… read more

National Iced Tea Day

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer, Chocolate, Coffee & Tea

It’s said that you can tell a Southerner from their cheerful ability to imbibe sweet tea, which often has a sugar level higher than commercial colas. Likewise, you can spot a newbie from across the room by their shocked expression at receiving sweet tea from a server when mere iced tea was requested.
As we approach Saturday’s observance of National Iced Tea Day, it’s interesting to note that the first known appearance… read more