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Friday, February 18, 2005

Thank You, James! 

One day last week, Kathy and I met at my favorite restaurant Kanpai of Tokyo which, amazingly enough, I haven't been to since moving back South.     We met for lunch and, because we were in the last lunch group to be seated (they close between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to prepare for dinner), the restaurant closed and we were still in a "chatting" mode.     We decided to go (basically) next door to Olive Garden for after-lunch drinks to finish our conversation.

We sat in the bar area and had a very cute waiter (long, dark, curly hair and dark eyes - mmmmmmmmm!).     His name was James.     I knew what I wanted to drink, but Kathy didn't.     He suggested she try a "Southern Belle."     Well, of course my ears perked up when I heard this -- a drink named for me . . . Oh, My - How Nice!

We asked James what was in it, and he said there were at least 3-6 different ways to make it . . . but, he had his own special variation that didn't show up in any of the Drink Mixer Dictionaries.     Kathy decided to have one.     I stayed with my tried-and-true Amaretto, but James brought me a small shot of the Southern Belle to taste.     It was divine!

I've done a search in several Mixer Dictionaries, and also on-line, and here's the two recipes I've found:

1/2 Benedictine
1/2 Brandy
1/2 White Creme de Cacao

-- OR --

1-1/4 oz. Tennessee Whiskey
3/4 oz. Triple Sec
8 oz. Pineapple Juice
2 oz. Orange Juice
Splash of Grenadine

Neither of those are James' recipe . . . here is James' SECRET recipe for his FABULOUS drink (and he was sweet enough to share the recipe with us, as long as we promised to come visit him again).


1 oz. Southern Comfort
1 oz. Peach Schnapps
1 oz. Triple Sec
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
4 oz. Orange Juice
4 oz. Cranberry Juice
Splash of Grenadine
Serve in a Tall Glass

He told me I could consider it my "own" special drink . . . for a very special Southern Belle.     Rather a kind gesture -- especially after the weeks I'd been having (and the tragic accident yet to come five days later)!    Thanks, JAMES!!

And, for anyone who is wondering -- the answer is NO -- I wasn't drinking at 8:00 a.m. in the morning when I wrecked my car!     It was raining, the roads were slick, and the shoulder of the road had recently been repaired.     I was not "impaired" in any way, in the least!

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