Eat, Drink, Travel & Learn

Eat, Drink, Travel & Learn

Blueberry Basil Spritz

Elevate your basic Vodka Soda with this Blueberry Basil Spritz recipe that’s bright, refreshing and as tasty to drink as it is pretty to look at!

Fuchsia-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with blueberries on a stainless steel cocktail pick and a sprig of fresh basil, sitting on a round wood tray with a small white dish of blueberries and two lemons halves sitting to the left of it
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Hi, I'm Allie!

Welcome to Parched Around the World, I’m so happy you’re here. I believe that at the heart of everything there's a story waiting to be told, and that's what Parched is all about! This is where I tell my own tales and encourage you to share yours, so join me here and together let’s eat, drink and travel the world to learn about the people, places and things that feed our minds, bodies and souls!  

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The historical Harrington School one-room schoolhouse with green trees surrounding it and a blue sky above it

Travel

April 11, 2022

St. Simons Island's Harrington School: Then & Now

St. Simons Island's Harrington School: Then & Now

The last remaining African American school on St. Simons Island, the Harrington School remains an important symbol of community and of Gullah-Geechee heritage.

A cherry red-colored Rum cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe cocktail glass, garnished with a Bordeaux cherry on a silver cocktail pick, and resting on a white, square, agate coaster with a gold rim around its edges

Drink

April 10, 2022

The Mary Pickford

The Mary Pickford

A nod to Old Hollywood and a little taste of Cuba come together in this Prohibition Era Mary Pickford Cocktail.

A coral-colored Rum cocktail displayed in a hobnob cocktail glass filled with ice, garnished with a lime wheel, and sitting on two wooden coasters stacked on top of one another

Drink

April 5, 2022

Patio Weather

Patio Weather

Rum, ginger and mango, oh my! This sweet and spicy cocktail makes a tasty accompaniment to those lovely Springtime afternoons and evenings spent cocktailing on the patio.

Yellow and coral sunset over Sidney Lanier Bridge in St. Simons Island, Georgia

Learn

April 4, 2022

Let Us Pray for Ukraine

Let Us Pray for Ukraine

As the horrors continue to unfold in Ukraine, let us continue to pray for peace, for humanity, and for an end to this senseless war.

A very pale yellow cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass, garnished with a lime wheel, and sitting between several stacks of old books with a small cactus plant in the background

Drink

March 29, 2022

Hemingway Daiquiri

Hemingway Daiquiri

A brief look at the Hemingway Daiquiri history, the story of who invented this famous classic cocktail and where, and how the Hemingway Daiquiri recipe has evolved since it was first created.

Golden hour on St. Simons Island as the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean with orange sun rays bursting out from behind a ring of clouds

Learn

March 27, 2022

Different Is Beautiful

Different Is Beautiful

In a world where it sometimes feels as though originality and creativity go unrewarded, hold true to your convictions and don’t be afraid to stand out from the crowd.

Two amber-colored cocktails displayed in art deco rocks glasses filled with ice, garnished with orange wheels, and sitting on a small, round, wooden tray with a metal cocktail spoon in front of it and a green plant in a gold vase behind it

Drink

March 24, 2022

What Should We Have?

What Should We Have?

A refreshing, no muss, no fuss Bourbon cocktail that’s perfect for those lazy weekend afternoons spent sipping cocktails in the sunshine!

Small, white, wooden First African Baptist church surrounded by large oak trees draped in Spanish moss with blooming pink hydrangeas in the foreground

Travel

March 22, 2022

First African Baptist Church St. Simons: One of the Island's Oldest and Most Significant Places of Worship

First African Baptist Church St. Simons: One of the Island's Oldest and Most Significant Places of Worship

The First African Baptist Church is the oldest Black church on St. Simons Island and an important symbol of the island's religious history.

A golden yellow-colored Bourbon cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass and garnished with a fancy lemon twist, sitting on a white, square agate coaster, with a vase of yellow and white spring flowers in the background

Drink

March 20, 2022

Winter Into Spring

Winter Into Spring

Say farewell to winter and hello to Spring with this Meyer Lemon Bourbon Sour recipe that’s bound to give you all the springtime feels!

A macro view of green Sugo Palm plant leaves unfurling

Learn

March 17, 2022

Why Do We Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day?

Why Do We Wear Green on St. Patrick's Day?

What happens if you don’t wear green on St. Patrick’s Day? The folklore explained!

Dark storm clouds hovering above a golden yellow and brick orange sunset over the Sidney Lanier Bridge in St. Simons Island, Georgia

Learn

March 14, 2022

War and Peace: A World in Conflict

War and Peace: A World in Conflict

As Russia continues its cruel, inhumane, and unjustified attack on Ukraine, how do we reconcile our personal reality with the reality of what’s happening in the world today?

Irish Coffee cocktail displayed in a clear glass coffee mug, topped with whipped cream, and sitting on a metal coaster with a stack of cocktail books in the background

Drink

March 10, 2022

Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

Joe Sheridan’s Original Irish Coffee

Nothing says St. Patrick’s Day quite like a tasty Irish Coffee, and the story behind how the original Irish Coffee recipe came to be is one every Irish Whiskey lover should know.

A painterly, brushstroke-like, pink, orange, yellow and blue sunset over the Sidney Lanier Bridge in St. Simons Island, Georgia

Learn

March 8, 2022

Happy International Women’s Day

Happy International Women’s Day

Celebrating the badass women both in my life and in the world who are fighting for equality and who won’t stop until there’s change.

A pale coral-colored cocktail displayed in a pale pink vintage coupe glass, garnished with a folded grapefruit wheel, and sitting on a light wooden tray with grapefruit and lime halves resting beside it

Drink

March 6, 2022

Grapefruit Gimlet

Grapefruit Gimlet

What do you do when you have a bounty of ruby red grapefruits picked fresh from your very own tree? Create a Grapefruit Gimlet recipe of course!

View of the St. Simons Lighthouse from the St. Simons Island pier set against a soft, pastel pink sky

Travel

March 2, 2022

The St. Simons Island Lighthouse: A Prominent Landmark on Georgia's Coast

The St. Simons Island Lighthouse: A Prominent Landmark on Georgia's Coast

Torn down, rebuilt, and standing tall along the southern Georgia coastline, learn the history of the St. Simons Lighthouse and what it’s used for today.

A translucent brick orange-colored cocktail displayed in a vintage Brandy snifter, sitting on a round brass coaster and resting on top of a brown leather trunk

Drink

February 28, 2022

Waffle Iron

Waffle Iron

The nutty sweetness of Italy’s most famous hazelnut liqueur pairs beautifully with Whiskey in this Frangelico cocktail recipe.

A huge, bright golden sun rising out of the ocean amidst a fiery red and orange sky with dark clouds framing it at varying angles

Learn

February 23, 2022

Free Your Mind of Tomorrow’s Worries

Free Your Mind of Tomorrow’s Worries

Some encouraging words from Morgan Harper Nichols about the importance of living in the present moment that lies before you.

A peach-colored cocktail displayed in a Collins glass filled with ice, garnished with a grapefruit wedge and a silver metal straw, sitting in a round wooden tray with a navy blue couch and a straw lamp in the background

Drink

February 20, 2022

Paloma

Paloma

Homegrown grapefruits add some extra special oomph to this refreshing Paloma cocktail recipe, which is one of Mexico's most famous contributions to the cocktail world.

A huge, lifelike piece of driftwood on Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island, Georgia that looks as though it has fingers reaching out towards the camera

Travel

February 16, 2022

Jekyll Island’s Boneyard: How Driftwood Beach Came to Be

Jekyll Island’s Boneyard: How Driftwood Beach Came to Be

The gnarled, sun-bleached remnants of ancient pine and oak trees on Driftwood Beach Jekyll Island are the result of Mother Nature’s handiwork.

Rear view of an older couple sitting side by side in beach chairs on the beach, holding hands, and looking at the ocean with a bright blue sky with white wispy clouds above it

Learn

February 14, 2022

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Loves of Your Life

Happy Valentine’s Day to the Loves of Your Life

The real love at the heart of a day we celebrate love.

A creamy beige cocktail displayed in a pink vintage coupe glass, garnished with a sprinkle of nutmeg, and sitting on a round, black coaster on top of a round, straw mat

Drink

February 13, 2022

Brandy Alexander

Brandy Alexander

Godiva Chocolate Liqueur adds a sophisticated touch to this Brandy Alexander recipe, which is an ode to love and to one of the loves of my life.

A pink and orange sunset over the Sidney Lanier Bridge in the Golden Isles of Georgia

Travel

February 11, 2022

Sidney Lanier Bridge: The Tallest Cable-Stayed Suspension Bridge in Georgia

Sidney Lanier Bridge: The Tallest Cable-Stayed Suspension Bridge in Georgia

A brief history of the Sidney Lanier Bridge, where it's located, and why this bridge to Jekyll Island is so well known.

A bright pinkish-purple Gin cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass against a black background and garnished with a lemon twist

Drink

February 10, 2022

Bee's Knees

Bee's Knees

Empress Gin adds a touch of color and pizzazz to this classic Bee's Knees cocktail recipe.

The sun halfway risen over the ocean, framed by a soft pink and blue sky with a flock of birds flying over it from the right

Learn

February 2, 2022

Do Unto You as You Would Do Unto Others

Do Unto You as You Would Do Unto Others

Self-care isn’t selfish, and by putting ourselves first we are much better equipped to care for others.

A red Bourbon cocktail displayed in a large coupe glass, sitting on a small brown table next to a stack of cocktail books with a small green plant in a clear glass vase on top of the books

Drink

January 26, 2022

Winter in Iran

Winter in Iran

Pomegranate is the star of the show in this Bourbon-based cocktail that gives a nod to the origins of this fruit and the storied history behind it.

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