Creating a buzz…


Like a Good, Southern Woman

Written by Janice Cardwell  Photography by Liesa Cole

A true Southern woman is many wonderful things. Like a well-stocked spice rack, she can be characterized by a myriad of adjectives–earthy, fiery, floral, and sweet. Spices excite your taste buds, soothe pain, and even heal wounds. They may vary in exact results, but they all serve similar purposes: to intensify color, interest, and flavor.

Likewise, a Southern woman, in all her complexity, defies strict definition. She is bright, bold, and fearless. She certainly adds color, interest, and flavor to life. From the ballroom to the boardroom, she radiates grace and strength. Speaking her mind unapologetically, she is not afraid to be provocative or controversial.

With hands on her hips and head held high, this spirited lady lets no one disrespect her mind, body, or soul. She champions the causes of other women, sharing in loss and rejoicing in success. A Southern woman is a beautiful juxtaposition of youth and wisdom, gentleness and might, kindness and courage.

Should you find yourself in the presence of such a woman, hold her tightly in one hand and grab a drink with the other. Your eyes will water, your heart will race, and your body heat will rise. Enjoy the rush, and know it’s worth it. If you are one of these women, stay spicy, girlfriend!

esposa-picosa-ingredEsposa Picosa (Spicy Wife)

1 ¼ ounce Altos Plata Tequila

¾ ounce Triple Sec

¾ ounce jalapeño syrup*

2 ounces Jarritos Mandarin Soda

Dash of Tajín Clásico Seasoning

1 lime

Slice lime into quarters, and rub one wedge around the lip of the glass. Then rim it in Tajín seasoning. In a shaker add ice, tequila, triple sec, and jalapeño syrup. Squeeze a few lime wedges for fresh juice. Shake vigorously and pour into seasoned glass. Top with mandarin soda and garnish with split jalapeño.

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