3 Southern Summer Cocktails You Can Enjoy From Home

The tail end of summer is here and there are few scenes as quintessentially Summer-in-America as sipping sweet tea on the porch in South. If you’re up for the road trip or willing to fly, Barnsley Resort is ready to host you safely in private cottages across its 3,000 acres of Blue Ridge Mountain foothills in Northern Georgia, where you can sample a trio of Southern-inspired cocktails (among plenty of others) as you soak in the summer’s remaining sunsets. If you’d feel more secure enjoying from your own front porch (or couch) for now, the talented mixologists at Barnsley are sharing these three stellar recipes to transport you through armchair travel to the summery South. (Feel free to make substitutions where necessary or preferred!)

Porch Thyme

“We all know that sweet tea is the official drink of the south. Some like it sweeter than others, but either way we all have our own recipe. So, after a long day there’s nothing better than spicing things up a bit with a spiked sweet tea. In our version we thought about sitting on a front porch after a summer day in the south with a refreshing drink in hand. The bourbon we selected is Bib & Tucker which is distilled in Colombia, Tennessee; we wanted to choose a bourbon a little further south than the traditional Kentucky bourbons. Bib & Tucker has all of the traditional bourbon notes with a unique chestnut finish. Next we selected nectarine as we wanted to stick to our roots from Georgia. The nectarine was a nice change of pace from our traditional Georgia peach but still keeps it in the family. For the garish we decided to take a non-traditional route, adding a pancetta lardon with a cube of nectarine. The pancetta ignites the palate with salty and savory notes that work well with the sweetness of the tea. Lastly, the thyme adds an herbal yet refreshing hint of mint to harmonize all of the flavors, creating a remarkably refreshing spiked tea that anyone could enjoy on a hot summer day in the South.” Blake Black and Bryan Walls, Lead Bartenders, Barnsley Resort


1.5 oz Bib and Tucker bourbon

0.25 oz lime juice

0.25 oz simple syrup

2 sprigs of thyme + more for garnish

2 slices of nectarine + more for garnish

2 small pancetta lardons

Sweet tea topper


Muddle fresh thyme and nectarines. Add ice, lime juice and Bib and Tucker bourbon, then shake. Strain over ice. Top with sweet tea and stir. Garnish with thyme, nectarine and pancetta lardons.


“What do you think of when you think of Georgia? Peaches! We knew we had to create something centered around the state’s signature fruit, and thought, “Why not create a martini that looks like it tastes?” The peach flavor works well with the vodka, providing a smooth and refreshing taste of Georgia.” – Bryan Walls


1.5 oz vodka

0.5 oz Combier orange liqueur

0.25 oz fresh lime juice

0.5 oz orange juice

0.5 oz peach purée


Peach slice


Add vodka, orange liqueur, lime juice, orange juice and peach purée to shaker with ice. Shake ingredients well and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a peach slice and drizzle of grenadine.

The Knockout 

“For The Knockout, we wanted to come up with a fresh cocktail that embodied the spirit of Dugan’s Bar, named for one of Godfrey Barnsley’s grandsons, who was a prized boxer. It’s the ideal aperitif to enjoy while you’re taking in the unbelievable view of the Fazio course at the resort.” – Blake Black


1.75 oz Bulleit bourbon

0.25 oz fresh lime juice

0.25 oz simple syrup 

0.25 oz sweet tea

3 blackberries + more for garnish

3 mint sprigs + more for garnish

1 thyme sprig


Muddle blackberries in a shaker. Add ice, bourbon, lime juice, simple syrup, sweet tea, mint and thyme. Shake and strain into glass with ice. Garnish with blackberry and mint leaf.

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