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Southern Sunshine & Seven Simple Citrus Cocktails

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Southern Sunshine & Seven Simple Citrus Cocktails

The South, region, southeastern United States, generally though not exclusively considered to be south of the Mason and Dixon Line, the Ohio River, and the 36°30′ parallel. As defined by the U.S. federal government, it includes Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. The warm climate of the South affords a period of 200–290 frost-free days per year, enabling such profitable crops as tobacco, rice, sugarcane, and cotton to be grown. This climate, coupled with abundant rainfall is ideal for an agricultural economy.

According to Business insiders, there are 6 reasons to get out and enjoy the sun.

  1. Sunlight wakes you up in the morning and makes it easier for you to fall asleep at night.
  2. Spending mornings in the sun might also help you keep weight off.
  3. The sun helps people fight off winter depression.
  4. The sun keeps your bones healthy.
  5. Some research suggests that the "sunshine vitamin" might protect against breast, prostate, and other cancers, as well as heart disease and other illnesses.
  6. A shockingly large percentage of the population might be vitamin D deficient.

Read more about the 6 reasons àhttp://www.businessinsider.com/health-effects-of-the-sun-and-vitamin-d-2014-6

Fun Fact: St. Petersburg, Florida gained the world record for the sunniest days in a row when the sun beamed down for 768 consecutive days from February 9, 1967 to March 17, 1969.

Seven Simple Citrus Cocktails (http://www.thekitchn.com/7-supersimple-citrus-cocktails-75255)

Basic Template: These are the quickest and easiest drinks to put together, and their measurements are fairly forgiving. For each of these recipes, just mix an ounce and a half or so of the specified liquor with 3-6 ounces of the specified juice (depending how strong you like things) directly in an ice-filled highball glass.

Orange Juice + Vodka
For a colorful twist on this old classic, try using blood oranges.

Grapefruit Juice + Vodka (also works well with Gin)
A personal favorite. Rim the glass with salt, Margarita-style, and you have a Salty Dog.

These lemon and lime-based drinks all belong to the Sours Family of cocktails and include simple syrup (plain old granulated sugar and water - recipe here) in the mix to keep things smooth and balanced.

Basic Template: In a cocktail shaker, combine 2 ounces of the specified liquor, 1 ounce of the specified citrus juice, and 1/2 ounce of simple syrup. Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

Whiskey or Bourbon Sour
Lemon juice + Bourbon or Whiskey + Simple Syrup
Another longstanding personal favorite. Optional garnish: maraschino cherry and/or half wheel of orange.

Lemon Drop
Lemon Juice + Vodka + Simple Syrup
This one works especially well with citrus-flavored vodka, but plain vodka will also do just fine. Optional garnish: lemon twist or wedge and a sugar-rimmed glass.

Classic Daiquiri
Lime Juice + White Rum + Simple Syrup
A Caribbean classic. Optional garnish: lime twist or wedge. (More on the story of the Daiquiri here.)


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