In The BNOTP Library: Southern Cocktails

After Linda and I finished touring Stanton Hall in Natchez, Mississippi a few weeks ago, we headed for the gift shop. Almost all the homes we toured had gift shops and visiting those was so much fun because so many of the items in the shops were home and entertaining related.

Several of the gift shops had a nice selection of books. I loved looking at the titles and jotted down bunches I wanted to remember. It was hard, but I resisted buying them since I knew I’d be able to get them online for so much less once I returned home. I’ve purchase several since getting home.

Stanton Hall


I did buy one book on the trip, though–a cute book called Southern Cocktails purchased from the gift shop at Stanton Hall, the home in the photo above. I shared a recipe from it earlier today here: Refreshing Sangria, Perfect Beverage For A Summer Party

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The cover of the book alone makes you want to just dive in, doesn’t it?

In the BNOTP Library: Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions, and Classic Libations
Author: Denise Gee
Hardcover: 120 pages
Book size: 8.2 x 6.4 x 0.7

Southern Cocktails by Denise Gee


3 Things I Like About This Book:

  • Lots of great cocktail and party drink recipes using ingredients that are readily available. Love the introductions the author has written for each recipe she shares.
  • This book has the only Sangria recipe I’ve ever liked. I’ve never cared for Sangria when I’ve had it at parties in the past. It always reminds me of cherry flavored cough syrup. Yuck! When I read the author’s description for this “See-Through Sangria,” describing her dislike of Sangria and how this one was different, I felt like I’d met a kindred spirit and decided to give it a try. I made it for my Memorial Day party on Sunday and it was a hit. I loved it and will definitely be making it again for future parties.

Beverage Server For Memorial Day


  • Book has a chapter dedicated to “Bar Necessities” as well as a “Starter Kit” with suggestions if you need help deciding what basics to stock for parties.

You can read more about this book, Southern Cocktails: Dixie Drinks, Party Potions, and Classic Libations and preview it at Amazon where I normally buy my books, via the picture link below.


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In the BNOTP Library

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  1. It looks like the perfect cocktail book to have. I checked over at Amazon. I love those preview books!

    • It’s a great one…has so many drinks I’ve heard about over the years but didn’t know how to make. I like the introductions the author writes for each drink she shares, too. Definitely a book I’ll be referring to for future parties.

  2. I have read several books by an author Greg iles. I les. No space in between the I and the les. Anyway his novels are written about this town you visited. Mystery but good. Fyi.

  3. As I said in this week’s post, I really don’t drink often. However, I am accumulating quite a collection of booze that I use for cooking. I need this book to incorporate a cocktail or two into my repertoire. This book is gorgeous and I wish I could take photos like the cover.

    I pinned your sangria recipe so I don’t forget the next time I have company. Glad it doesn’t require seven bottles.:)

  4. Cocktails? You’ve said the magic word. I am going to investigate this one pronto. In looking at your shelves, it seems we have very similar tastes in books. Thanks for the heads up, Susan.

  5. I thought, another near bottle for your bottle tree. Then I got curious about bottle trees. I had read somewhere they were used to ward off evil spirits and found the following article. I had no idea they went so far back in history.

    • Yep, I have read they thought the bad spirits would go up inside them at night and get trapped, unable to find their way back out. πŸ™‚ I just love them for how pretty they are in the garden with the light shining through them. Thanks for sharing that link, Ellicia. I hadn’t heard one of the things they mentioned in that article…that “The moaning sound made by the wind as it passes over the bottle openings are said to be proof that a spirit is trapped within.” Love that! πŸ™‚

  6. This book makes me wish I could hold my liquor better. πŸ˜‰

  7. I bought this book last summer when I was in Natchez. It really came in handy for quick ideas this past holiday season. I also bought a mint julep cup. When I am not using it for a nice cold drink, I put roses in it.

  8. I have that book as well but have not had a chance to try the libations…lol. I was in band with the photographer, Bobby Peacock, and lived down the street from Greg Iles! Natchez is home to many talented people and is a lovely place to visit.

    • Toni, that is soooo cool! I’m going to make the Peach Mojitos next if I can find the Peach nectar. Trader Joes, Publix, Kroger and Walmart didn’t have it, even though online Walmart shows they do have it. I may have to order it online. lol

  9. WE LOVE Greg Isles!! We enjoyed his “Penn Cage” books we can get on “audio.” We’re #41 on the list at our library for his latest book. Cheers!! franki

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