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Spodee Wine & The History of Whiskey

Ever wonder why Americans started making whiskey? Our friends over at Spodee Wine have a delightful dose of cocktail history.

We were recently introduced to the delightful Spodee Wine – a hooch that combines country wines & moonshine!  From the makers of Sailor Jerry’s Run and Hendricks Gin, the original Spodee is a red wine fortified with moonshine, with a chocolaty finish and is currently available Georgia!  The recently launched Spodee White is ”Honey amber in color with a tropical aroma, a bouquet of toasted coconut, pineapple, amaretto and tropical fruits. It’s essentially summer in a bottle!”

Spodee White

Like the red Spodee, the new white variant is also 36 proof and harkens back to the Depression era hooch of the same name, that was a deceptively strong, sweet, easy-to drink beverage. Spodee White is a white wine that is fortified with moonshine and mixes easily into cocktails, just like a spirit! Spodee White is great served chilled or mixed into a citrusy cocktail or sangria, No matter how you drink it, Spodee is reinventing the way people enjoy wine.

“I pioneered high proof spirits when I introduced 92 proof Sailor Jerry Rum. Now I am pioneering high proof wines….or low proof spirits…depending on how you look at it.” says creator Steven Grasse. For more information, visit: http://www.spodeewine.com or click here to find a retailer near you, plus keep up with them on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week

Steak Tartare from BLT Steak

Steak Tartare from BLT Steak at The W Downtown.

Downtown Atlanta Restaurant Week 2014 is back again in full foodie force from Aug. 9 –  17. Now in its 12th year, there are more than 30 participating restaurants offering prix-fixe menus ranging from $15,$25 or $35 for brunch, lunch and/or dinner options. Prices are per person and exclude alcohol, tax and gratuity. Click here to see a list of participating restaurants, keep up with your fellow Atlanta foodies using #DARW2014 and check out our mouth-watering photos from our tasting at BLT Steak!

ALS = A Lovely Sally

ALS Atlanta

Aunt Sally throws out the first pitch for the Atlanta Braves on ALS Awareness Night.

If you’re a big baseball fan like me, chances are that you’ve heard about Lou Gehrig. The Iron Horse was a slugger who played for the Yankees back in the golden years. Seven-time All-Star, six-time World Series champ, Hall of Famer, and the first player in MLB history to have his uniform number retired. His amazing baseball career was cut short by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, ALS for short. It has been 75 years since the legend lost his life, yet he still lends his name to the disease.

Up until a few years ago, I knew nothing about ALS. Unfortunately, it took the diagnosis of someone I care about for me to learn anything about it. Sally Panfel is my boyfriend’s aunt and my friend’s mom and there was a shift in the world as we knew it when she was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There are moments that come with the beginning of a journey like this that are difficult to forget and impossible to explain. Tears streamed despite protests, hugs lacked the comfort needed, and answers were no where to be found. The night we got the news is etched in my memory with unbearable detail.
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Pretty Southern Featured on Tech Cocktail

Lauren Patrick

Lauren Patrick, PrettySouthern.com Editor, and
Marketing Content Manager for Urjanet

Tech Cocktail recently commented on Banana Republic’s “Startup Guy” line as it was “largely mocked by the startup community itself. The exclusion of a ‘Startup Woman/Girl’ line further pushed the message that the industry is one in which men continue to dominate. It was a complete disregard to all the women founders, programmers, designers, and others who live and breathe startups.”

Reporter Ronald Barba put a request on HARO (that’s Help A Reporter Out) for startup women to share what they wear to work, and Tech Cocktail featured yours truly at Pretty Southern! When I’m not blogging about all the fun things happening in the South, I’m helping tech startups in Atlanta with their digital communications and marketing content. Click here to read the full story featuring styles from startup women.

Here’s my two cents about my startup girl meets Pretty Southern style.

“I’ve been in the startup world for two years, but I previously worked for big corporations with a strict dress code. My closet is a mix of dress-to-impress with the ubiquitous American Apparel t-shirts. In addition to running MarComm for Urjanet, I run the blog PrettySouthern.com so my work attire needs to be ready for any event in Atlanta – whether it’s to meet up for beers with the developers or a restaurant tasting for Pretty Southern. It seems like on the days I dress down, I end up having to run home to change!” – Lauren Patrick, Marketing Content Manager for Urjanet

Sh%t Southern Women Say – The Dixie Download Episode 2

Southern Women

The Southern Woman from left to right, Katherine Bailess, Delaine Yates, Julia Fowler, Sheila Hawkins, & Logan Browning.

Lord have mercy! The ladies over at The Southern Women Channel have uploaded another gem to YouTube. These girls are representing the South in the best possible way. The troupe includes South Carolina natives Julia Fowler and Sheila Hawkins, Mississippi maven Katherine Bailess, Georgia girl Logan Browning, and Louisiana lady Delaine Yates.

Here at Pretty Southern, we’ve been big fans of The Southern Women Channel ever since they released their first “Sh%t Southern Women Say” in the fall of 2012. Their latest Dixie Download brings more of our favorite words only Southerners say, and even a few new jokes.

“A Southern couple and a Northern couple meet at the captain’s table on a cruise ship. The Southern lady turns to the Northern lady and says, ‘So where do y’all live at?’ The Northern lady says, ‘Where I come from we don’t end our sentences with a preposition.’ The Southern lady says, “I’m sorry…”

Watch the video below for the punchline.