happy hour: the tennessee twist

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Last Saturday, C and I left our four-legged child with my parents and snuck away for a night at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. After delivering a wedding order to Seasons 52 — and enjoying the most delicious blue cheese bison burger I’ve had in mah life — we spent a luxuriously lazy afternoon sipping cocktails by the pool like fancy people. Which we’re not, but sometimes we like to pretend. ;)

C can always depend on me being indecisive, so when five minutes had passed and I still hadn’t decided which fruity frozen concoction I wanted from the poolside tiki bar, he recommended the Tennessee Twist.

“But it has Jack Daniels in it,” I protested. I hate whiskey.

“Yeah, well it’s honey whiskey and it has iced tea in it, so I think you’re going to love it. Trust me.”

Then he ordered it for me.

And he was totally right. Don’t you hate it when they’re right?

While I can’t remember exactly what was in the Tennessee Twist (and the Google has failed me in my search for the Gaylord’s recipe) I’m pretty sure it went something like this:

  • 1 oz. Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey
  • 3 oz. unsweet black iced tea
  • 3 oz. lemonade
  • a squirt of fresh lemon juice
  • Shake it all together with ice, and serve it up with a lemon wedge.

I can’t wait to mix these up at home!

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  1. 3.19.19
    M said:

    Whenever I have tended bar where Tennessee Twist was served, the recipe was always……..

    -1 shot Jack Daniel’s (Bourbon)
    -1 shot Disaronno (Amaretto)
    -Squeeze of fresh lemon
    -Mixer……Cola, or, Iced Tea

    The Jack Daniel’s is the Tennessee part, the Disaronno is the twist!! ;)

  2. 7.21.13

    LOVE the picture and nails !

  3. 7.13.13

    So glad to have come across your wonderful blog. I am looking forward to reading more! The Tennessee Twist sounds great. We just might have to give it a try one lazy summer afternoon!

    • 7.13.13

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did :)

  4. 7.12.13

    I’m not big on whiskey either but this sounds delicious and so summery, I will have to try it. Thanks!

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  6. 7.11.13

    That cocktail sounds delicious! Well I guess anything with tea does :)

  7. 7.10.13
    cnartelt said:

    LOVE your sunglasses!

  8. 7.10.13

    I can’t wait to mix this up in Nashville! I am not crazy about whiskey but have had a sip of the Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey – and liked it. Cheers!

  9. 7.10.13
    sydney said:

    oh my goodness those sound delicious!! I have been on a cocktail making kick lately, these are the perfect things to try!

  10. 7.10.13

    This sounds like the perfect cure to the Orlando summer heat! <3 the sound of this. I'm bookmarking this recipe! Thanks for posting.


  11. 7.10.13
    Desiree said:

    Bud Light … my husband is the same way. He is always ready with his drink order and I’m always left pouring (pun totally intended) over the menu.

  12. 7.10.13
    waswritten said:


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