It’s been springy down here in SC for a few weeks now, and the pink trees started blooming mid-February. We just hit the six-month mark of Southern Living, and I didn’t miss winter for second. It was like we had a fall, a real fall, that graciously extended into an early spring. There is yellow pine pollen everywhere, leaving lemon chalk lines along the road after it rains. I found a drink at Boulder Locavore to embody this specific rite of spring, but I think I’ll change the name a little to make it work for the region:
Carolina Pine Whiskey Cooler
- ½ ounce Pine Syrup (Dram Apothecary of Colorado makes one; here is a link to make your own; we used 2 drops of food-grade Pine essential oil from Young Living with 1/2 ounce simple syrup)
- 1-1 ½ ounces Rye Whiskey
- Ginger Beer to fill
- Optional: freeze pine sprigs in ice cubes
Fill a tall Collins glass (12-14 ounces) with ice. Pour in the pine syrup, rye, and stir. Fill with ginger beer. Get fun, woodsy straws here. Happy Spring from Flowertown in the Pines, SC!