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The Five Essential Southern Cocktails

This week, the first annual <b>BevCon</b> brought brewers, distillers, sommeliers, bartenders, and other beverage pros from all over the country to Charleston, South Carolina, to discuss everything from cider varieties to glassware to tea-brewing techniques. It was an industry-only conference, but we asked …

Recipes

A Southern Tradition: Painted Floors

Bathing floors in a sea of color has long been a way to update timeworn hardwoods, to unify a space where different types of materials come together, or to simply add visual interest. Case in point: Virginia’s own Thomas Jefferson decided to employ the technique at <b>Monticello</b> back in 1805 after …

Monticello

The World’s Largest Seersucker Party

What happens when you give Southerners a good excuse to drink bourbon and sport their finest seersucker? At last year’s <b>Seriously Seersucker</b>—a Franklin, Tennessee, party organized to benefit the town’s college of design—host Robert Hicks found the answer: they’ll appear in droves.<p>So the <i>New York …

New Orleans

A Southern-Minded Sport Coat

The Fashion designer Alexander Julian has spent decades building a name for himself as an artist whose favorite medium, he has said, is tweed. In the process he’s won five Coty Awards, the fashion industry’s highest honor, and been inducted into the Fashion Hall of Fame. But as a North Carolina …

American South

Books: Finding the Way

In Jack Kerouac’s 1958 novel the <i>Dharma Bums</i>, the narrator gets some advice from his companion, Japhy Ryder, while hiking in the California mountains. “Try the meditation of the trail,” says Japhy, whom Kerouac based on the Beat poet Gary Snyder. “Just walk along looking at the trail at your feet …

Appalachian Trail

College Football Stadium Eats

<b>Order: Dreamland Bar-B-Que nachos <br>University of Alabama</b><p>The Crimson Tide’s four national championships in seven seasons can’t be denied. Neither can the barbecue nachos served at Bryant-Denny, piled high with chopped pork courtesy of Alabama’s legendary Dreamland.<p><b>Order: Frozen lemonade and a</b> …

College Football

Collections: Playing for Keeps

This is a story about guitars—rare and odd and beautiful guitars, all of them important in Southern music history—but it begins with a fiddle.<p>Deke Dickerson was born and raised in rural Boone County, Missouri, but his paternal ancestors hail from Floyd, Virginia. There, in the late 1920s, his great …

Guitar

Scenes of Gulf Coast Seafood

No one knows Southern seafood quite like the fishermen of the Gulf Coast—and maybe Birmingham, Alabama-based photographer <b>Wes Frazer</b>. Commissioned by <b>Alabama Gulf Seafood,</b> Frazer set off to document the seafood industry in Alabama and the men and women who devote their lives to fresh Gulf Coast …

Seafood

First Listen: New Music from St. Paul & the Broken Bones

On their much-anticipated sophomore album, <i>Sea of Noise</i>, Birmingham, Alabama’s soul barn-burners <b>St. Paul & the Broken Bones</b> did away with the love-gone-wrong lyrics and instead—guided by frontman Paul Janeway—jumped into the deep end of topical songwriting. Racism, sexism, and the questioning of …

New Music

Beat the Heat: Great Cave Escapes

If you’re feeling fried from August’s dog-day temperatures, you might be plotting to hide out till December. But consider a different approach—beneath the earth, temperatures stay around 60 degrees year-round. These five subterranean Southern destinations are worth a detour or daytrip for a summer …

American South

10 Essential Bottles of Rum

Paul Yellin is tired of hearing that rum is the new bourbon. “Rum was here long before bourbon,” says the owner of the new <b>Cane Rhum Bar</b> in Charleston, South Carolina. “It was the original drink of the colonies, and that included the United States.” In the historic Holy City, the Barbados native is …

American South

A King-Size Elvis Presley Travel Guide

Many music icons have come and gone since Elvis Presley—the hip-swiveling, guitar-playing boy from Mississippi—first took the stage in 1954 and made rock-and-roll a global phenomenon. But none holds our attention quite like the King.<p>From left: Elvis in the movies <i>Jailhouse Rock</i> (1957) and <i>The Trouble</i> …

Travel

A New Southern Source for Affordable Art

If you love supporting Southern artists, but can’t quite swing bringing a Bill Dunlap home, <b>Charleston Artist Collective</b> founder Allison Williamson has an app (er, Instagram account) for that. What started in 2010 as an online “gallery” for Charleston, South Carolina, artists to sell their work has …

South Carolina Lowcountry

Keeping Country Ham Tradition Alive in Kentucky

In country ham lore, some names loom large—Broadbent, Benton, Edwards. Now, in Kentucky, there’s another one to add to the list: 4-H. The Cooperative Extension-supported youth-education program is helping preserve the age-old custom of salt-cured meat for a new generation with its <b>Country Ham …

American South

Ask G&G: Summer Bummer?

(Illustration by Britt Spencer)<p><b>Q. There’s got to be some better reaction to a summer thunderstorm than stopping everything you’re trying to do on a Saturday afternoon. Suggestions?</b><p>First, I suggest you read up on the rotation of the earth, the jet stream, and weather systems, and start savoring the …

American South

A Texas Limonade Cocktail

“All around Texas, you’ll find Mexican popsicles with frozen fruit puree called paletas,” says Jason Dady, the chef/owner of <b>Shuck Shack</b>, an East Coast-style oyster bar in San Antonio, Texas. “I was driving around one day thinking of cocktail ideas, and I wondered, <i>why not put a paleta in a …

Texas

What I Learned Making Biscuits at Bojangles’

It started on the way to the grocery store earlier this summer, when I heard a radio ad touting the forty-eight steps behind each tray of <b>Bojangles</b>’ biscuits. Call me old-fashioned, but I could think of maybe a dozen—and that’s being generous. How, I wondered, and why, would a fast-food joint …

American South

Bonus Photos from our Aug/Sept 2016 Issue

There are few things Southerners love more than a beautiful garden. Also high on that list, though, are summer corn and tomato recipes, fresh seafood, and of course, a good dog story. The August/September issue of <i>Garden & Gun</i> delivered on all those fronts with lush images of secret gardens, a …

James Lee Burke

A Weekend in Northwest Arkansas

Even before dawn, the robins along the Crystal Bridges Trail in Bentonville, Arkansas, were in full throat. Their songs were so persistent and clear, I wondered whether they were part of a sound installation piped from unseen speakers, joining the other works on the grounds around the <b>Crystal</b> …

American South

What to See and Do in Northwest Arkansas

BENTONVILLE <b><br>What to See & Do</b><p><b>Compton Gardens</b> <br>Before you explore Crystal Bridges’ artistic offerings, soak in some of Arkansas’s natural beauty inside this 6.5-acre native-plant garden, located steps from the square near the entrance to the museum’s art trail, where Paul Manship’s bronze sculpture</i> …

American South

Funky Flower: DC’s Big Bloom

In Washington, D.C., right now, crowds are gathering around something huge, pungent, and slow-moving. No, this isn’t a joke about politics. For the first time in three years, one of the largest flowers in the world is blooming at the <b>U.S. Botanic Garden Conservatory</b>.<p>The <i>Amorphophallus titanium</i> (we'll …

Washington D.C.

Shotgunning Advice from Vincent Hancock

Two-time Olympic skeet gold medalist <b>Vincent Hancock</b> recently returned from the International Shooting Sport Federation’s World Cup in San Marino, Italy, where he won the bronze medal and came home with something else that put a smile on his face. “Throughout the meet,” he explains, “I noticed that …

Shooting sports

Southern Olympic Hopefuls

<b>Mackenzie Brown</b> <i><br>Archery</i><br>This twenty-one-year-old Flint, Texas, native is aiming for Olympic gold. The top-ranked woman on the U.S. archery team and fourth overall in the world, Brown began shooting in middle school. A decade later, her toughest competition at her first Games will be archery’s …

Water Sports

Finding the Forgotten

For some odd reason, I keep thinking of William Faulkner’s <i>Intruder in the Dust</i>. The classic novel is best remembered for the scene in which a black man and a white man dig up a body in order to clear another man jailed for murder. And though race, the dead, the South, and crime are all involved in …

American South

Editor's Letter: Going Green

When my wife, Jenny, and I moved to Charleston, South Carolina, after pursuing careers in New York City for twelve years, the thought of warm winters and real wood-smoked barbecue and the prospect of getting a hunting dog (we had our hearts set on a Boykin spaniel) seemed too good to be true. Then …

South Carolina Lowcountry

The Return of Chesapeake Bay Scallops

On August 23, 1933, a category-4 hurricane swept up the Eastern Seaboard. Eighty-two-mile-per-hour winds battered Cape Henry, Virginia, and a record high tide put Norfolk’s downtown under five feet of water. The storm was so powerful that it carved out a new inlet on the Maryland coast that now …

American South

Garden & Gun Jubilee

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Pets

Southern Style: Outstanding in the Field

<b>On Point:</b><br>A student of the master South Carolina blade maker George Herron, Larry Page of <b>Page Custom Knives</b> first put steel to belt grinder in 1983. The maple-burl-handled Model 1A, made in his Aiken workshop, is an all-purpose workhorse, with a four-inch blade that can breast a turkey as well as it …

Boots

End of Line: Dirty Money?

“I very rarely see cash exchanged, even for just three bucks,” a thirty-one-year-old marketing executive tells the <i>New York Times</i>. When his credit card number was stolen and he had to traffic in actual cash for a few days, he says, it “was sort of a weird, dirty feeling.”<p>Really? That’s like saying, …

American South

Natural Wonders: The Green Gang

<b>Preservation Propagators</b> <b><br>Tom and Phyllis Hunter</b><p>Living on seventy-five acres in Lebanon, Tennessee, once owned by Andrew Jackson might provide enough sense of history for most people. For Tom and Phyllis Hunter, it’s just a start. The property is now home to American Heritage Trees, the couple’s …

Sustainable Design