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7 Ways To Beat The Heat In The South

Get ready to rock those summer dresses and fan yourselves like you mean it, because we’re talking about travelin’ in the sizzlin’ South during the summer! When the sun’s out to play, we Southerners know how to handle the heat with grace, style, and a whole lot of sweet tea. So, buckle up, darlin’, and let’s dive into some sassy tips on how to beat that fiery furnace in fabulous places like Savannah, New Orleans, and Charleston!

1. Sweet Ice Tea is Life 🍹

If there’s one thing we Southern belles know, it’s that sweet iced tea is our saving grace in the scorching summer. So, grab a glass of that liquid gold, sit back on a veranda, and let the sweet nectar of the South cool you down like nothin’ else can. Trust me, a good ol’ glass of iced tea will make you forget you were ever sweatin’ in the first place! If you are in New Orleans try a Frozen Irish coffee at Parasol’s Bar in the Irish District.

2. Embrace the Breeze 🌬️

You ain’t gonna find a better friend than a good breeze when you’re roamin’ the streets of Savannah, New Orleans, or Charleston during the summer. Seek out those shady spots under the Spanish moss-draped trees and let the gentle breeze kiss your cheeks. It’s Mother Nature’s own air conditioner, y’all! Oh, and don’t go touching the Spanish Moss or you may end up with chiggers.

3. Hats and Fans – Your Summer BFFs 👒

Ladies, let me tell you a little secret – a stylish hat and a fancy fan are your secret weapons against the summer heat! Embrace your inner Southern belle and strut around with a wide-brimmed hat to shield you from that relentless sun. And a delicate fan? Oh honey, it’s the perfect accessory to keep you cool while lookin’ like an absolute queen!

4. Chill with Frozen Treats 🍦

Savannah heat ain’t got nothin’ on you when you’re savorin’ some delicious frozen treats! Whether it’s a creamy scoop of praline pecan ice cream or a mouth-watering snowball in NOLA, these icy delights are your ticket to sweet relief from that relentless heat. So indulge yourself, darlin’, because you deserve it! The spiked slushies are pretty sweet at Wet Willy’s. You can find them in all three cities. If you are daring and get the Call A Cab, you may want to plan ahead and have an Uber waiting.

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5. Siesta Like a Pro 😴

Now, I know y’all are excited to explore every nook and cranny of these beautiful Southern cities, but honey, the sun is fierce! So take a page from the Spanish and have yourself a siesta in the hottest hours of the day. Find a cozy spot in the shade, rest those eyes, and recharge your batteries for a night of adventure.

6. Rain Dance is a Real Thing 

When the heavens open up with a summer downpour, don’t run for cover, embrace it with open arms! Rain showers might be a surprise guest, but trust me, they’re like a cool, refreshing dance partner to whisk you away from that sweaty mess. Just keep an umbrella handy, ’cause you never know when it’ll start to pour!

7. Slip into Summery Outfits 👗

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Dresses & Boho Hats

Now, darlin’, leave those heavy fabrics behind and embrace the magic of lightweight, flowy summer dresses. Breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are your best friends during this season. Ditch the constricting clothes and let your skin breathe, honey – you’ll be feelin’ fresh and fabulous in no time!

So there you have it, lovelies! Your Southern Belle’s survival guide to conquering the summer heat in the delightful Southern gems of Savannah, New Orleans, and Charleston. Embrace the warmth, soak up the sights, and remember to stay hydrated, always! Southern charm might be sweet, but trust me, it’s even sweeter when you’re feeling cool as a cucumber. Happy travels, y’all! 🌴🌺🌞

If y’all want to spice things up a bit, try our Southern Signature Libation…The ever loved Mint Julep.

Ah, the classic Mint Julep – the epitome of Southern charm and refreshment! This iconic cocktail is a must-try for any adventurous soul, so let’s whip up a delightful Mint Julep recipe that’ll make you feel like you’re sittin’ on a porch swing in Savannah, enjoying the breeze.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:

– 2 1/2 oz bourbon (go for a good quality one, honey!)

– Fresh mint leaves (around 6-8 leaves)

– 1/2 oz simple syrup (you can adjust this to your preferred sweetness)

– Crushed ice (lots of it!)

– Mint sprig for garnish

– Optional: powdered sugar to sprinkle on top

Instructions:

1. Minty Magic 🌿

First things first, darling! You’ve got to get those mint leaves ready for their starring role. Take a few fresh mint leaves and gently clap them between your hands to release their enchanting aroma. This step is essential for infusing your Mint Julep with that divine minty flavor.

2. Muddle, Muddle, Muddle 🍹

Next, you’re gonna muddle the mint leaves in the bottom of your Julep cup or a sturdy glass. Use a muddler or the back of a spoon to gently press on the mint leaves, releasing their flavorful oils. Oh, the fragrance that’ll fill the air is simply heavenly!

3. Sweet Nectar 🍯

Now, it’s time to add that touch of sweetness to your elixir. Pour in the simple syrup over the muddled mint leaves. The sweetness will complement the bourbon’s rich flavors, creating a perfect balance.

4. Bourbon Bliss 🥃

Ah, the star of the show – the bourbon! Pour 2 1/2 ounces (or adjust to your preference) of your favorite bourbon over the muddled mint and syrup. Give it a gentle stir to mix all those delightful flavors together.

5. Ice, Ice, Baby! ❄️

Time to cool things down! Fill your Julep cup (or glass) with crushed ice all the way to the top. The crushed ice will not only keep your drink chilled but also help mellow out the intensity of the bourbon.

6. Swirl & Garnish 🌪️

Give your Mint Julep a little whirl with a bar spoon to make sure the flavors are mingling nicely. Now, garnish your masterpiece with a fresh sprig of mint – it’s the cherry on top of this Southern delight! If you’re feeling fancy, sprinkle a touch of powdered sugar on top for that extra glam factor.

7. Sip & Savor 🍸

Voilà, your Mint Julep is ready to be savored and enjoyed! Take a slow, luxurious sip, and let the coolness wash over you like a breath of fresh air on a hot summer day.

Remember, darlin’, the Mint Julep is more than just a cocktail – it’s a Southern tradition steeped in history and hospitality. So sit back, relax, and let the Mint Julep transport you to a world of timeless charm and indulgence. Cheers to you! 🌿🥃

Vanessa Jordan
Vanessa Jordan
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