The Yellow Jacket


Are you in need of a BUZZZZZ?  (pun intended) And, are you looking for a new, refreshing drink for summer?  Boy do we have one for you!!

A little back story….. (AGAIN? you say). Yes, but bear with me, please…

Growing up, I would go visit my “Aunt” Joyce, even though she was my cousin.  (Do you have one of those kinds of aunts?)  She felt like an aunt and treated me like an aunt.  She would take my brother and I in and treat us like one of her own kids.  Her two kids, by-the-way, were close in age to my brother and myself.  We always enjoyed each other’s company.

At one point, she treated us to a trip to the beach in Destin, Florida.  While there, we went to eat lunch.  She asked each of us what we wanted to drink.  Each kid said, “Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, et cetera.” When she came to me,  I answered, being like only 10 at the time, “Perrier,” with a serious-as-a-heart-attack look on my face.  My Aunt Joyce looked at me, with a questioning look and wondering where in the world I knew about Perrier, living in the country in the outskirts of Picayune, Mississippi.  She proceeded to order it for me and laughs about it with me to this day.

Recently, we (as in Joyce, my mom, and other aunts, real & not real), spent a few days in Pointe Clear, Alabama.  We were laughing again about my champagne tastes and always being on a beer budget.

One evening, we ventured off the resort property where we were staying.  We ate at one of my favorite restaurants in the area, The Washhouse.  If you haven’t tried it, you need to eat there ASAP and make reservations in advance!

The waitress came around to ask what we would like to drink.  No, I did not say Perrier, this time.  But, what I did want was one of every hand-crafted cocktail they had on their menu.  I couldn’t decide.

My Aunt Joyce chose the “Tennessee Honey Fizz,”  I think is what they called it.  Ya’ll!  It was so refreshing and tasty.  I promised myself that I would immediately go home and try and replicate this!

So Aunt Joyce, I hope you are reading, because this one’s for you!!!! (your Perrier) (I renamed it of course….details of that below.)fullsizeoutput_3e4e.jpegIt is so simple to make.  You start with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, ice and club soda.fullsizeoutput_3e4fShake the Tennessee Honey and lemon juice.  Evenly pour between two glasses.fullsizeoutput_3e50Top with ice.fullsizeoutput_3e51.jpegTop that with club soda.

fullsizeoutput_3e52.jpegGarnish with lemon spirals.  Serve immediately.fullsizeoutput_3e53.jpegfullsizeoutput_3e54.jpeg


(makes 2-8 ounce drinks)

4 ounces Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey

1 ounce of fresh lemon juice

club soda


lemon spirals, for garnish

In a shaker, add Tennessee Honey and lemon juice.  Shake well.  Pour evenly, unless you deserve more than your partner, ha!, into two glasses.  Top with ice and club soda.  Add lemon spiral and straw.

Serve immediately.

fullsizeoutput_3e59.jpegThe name….well, I wanted the name “Jack” in it.  My kids went to Byrd High School here in Shreveport, and their mascot was “the Yellow Jacket.”  This drink is yellow, and while the yellow jacket does not make honey, its cousin, the honey bee does.  Thus the name!

I hope you try this!  If you do, let me know what you think!




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