Allie Albanese

A writer and photographer, Allie is the founder and curator of Parched Around the World. Here she seeks to use both images and the written word to tell stories about the intersection of food, drinks, people, cultures, and traditions in places near and far. You can read more about her professional background and her long-term vision for Parched here.

Allie is major foodie (with a severe peanut addiction!), a Certified Sommelier and cocktail enthusiast, an avid solo traveler, and a sunrise and sunset aficionado. She’s also a big time animal lover, one of her greatest desires in life being to own a Newfoundland dog (or 3)!

Allie is currently based between Atlanta and St. Simons Island, Georgia, and when not working to build Parched she can be found exploring the globe one bite, sip, and story at a time!

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Upright piece of dead driftwood on Driftwood Beach in Jekyll Island, Georgia


January 31, 2023
Driftwood Beach, Jekyll Island: All You Need to Know (2023)

Driftwood Beach on Jekyll Island, Georgia is an East Coast hidden gem. Here’s all you need to know about this beautiful and otherworldly destination.

Bright coral-colored cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass, garnished with a curly lime twist


January 25, 2023
Siesta Cocktail

Tequila meets Campari in this Siesta Cocktail for an unexpectedly delicious combination of flavors that showcases the one-of-a-kind bittersweetness that Campari is so well known for.

Seagrass growing on top of a small sand dune, with a pale pink morning sky above it


January 17, 2023
The Beauty (and the Beast) of Setting Boundaries

Setting boundaries is a skill that’s tough for some and comes naturally for others, but the rewards reaped from doing so are universal.

Ruby red cocktail displayed in a wine glass and garnished with a sprig of rosemary


December 30, 2022
Blackberry Champagne Fizz

Festive and fun, this Blackberry Champagne Fizz makes the perfect accompaniment to Sunday Brunch, Happy Hour hangouts, and all things New Year’s Eve!

Bright yellow cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass and garnished wih a curly lime twist


December 21, 2022
Rockin’ Around the Passion Fruit

A holiday tipple, “Southern” style! This passion fruit-forward Rum cocktail evokes Christmas vibes in the Southern Hemisphere and vacation vibes for those of us up “north.”

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


December 15, 2022
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.

Ruby red cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with cranberries and thyme sprigs


December 1, 2022
Cranberry Margarita: Welcome to the Party, Pal!

A Cranberry Margarita with a Christmas (name) twist! Fresh, tart, and super festive, this holiday drink is one you’ll be making on repeat.

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


November 22, 2022
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 close up view of a whole Bourbon and dark chocolate pecan pie resting on a striped linen


November 19, 2022
Bourbon and Dark Chocolate Pecan Pie

Bourbon and chocolate and pecans, oh my! Take your classic southern pecan pie recipe to the next level with this chocolatey twist that will quickly have you coming back for more.

Orange-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass with one large cube of ice, garnished with an orange twist


November 15, 2022
Pumpkin Spice Old Fashioned

‘Tis the season for all things pumpkin! The classic Old Fashioned cocktail gets a seasonal twist with a rich, yet delicate, pumpkin spice syrup that’s as versatile as it is delicious.

Pale orange-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice and garnished with an apple fan


November 14, 2022
The Southern Knob

A yummy combination of Bourbon, apples, cinnamon, and spice, The Southern Knob cocktail is chock full of Autumn flavor and guaranteed to give you all the Fall feels!

7 apple cider donuts toppling off a wire cooling rack


November 10, 2022
Baked Apple Cider Donuts

Moist on the inside, cinnamon and sugary on the outside, this classic baked apple cider donut recipe packs a big Fall punch!

Looking up at the tops of 9 trees, all full of vibrant orange, red and gold fall-colored leaves, set against a bright blue sky


November 7, 2022
Lessons from Mother Nature

Mother Nature is one of our greatest teachers. Here are some of the important lessons that she's taught you.

A creamy Martini displayed in a vintage coupe glass


November 2, 2022
Pumpkin Martini

Creamy, cozy, and full of Fall flavor, this Pumpkin Martini tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass! It’s perfect for holiday gatherings or for an after dinner drink when you’re craving something a little sweet.

Section of a wall built using tabby cement that shows the outline of oyster shells


October 25, 2022
What is Tabby Cement and How is it Used in Construction?

A brief look at how you make tabby concrete, what tabby is used for in construction, and the history of how tabby found its way to America.

Pale orange-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass rimmed with brown sugar and filled with ice, garnished with small apple sticks


October 17, 2022
Smoky Mezcal Apple Cider Margarita

Fall is in the air and nothing says Autumn quite like apple cider! It adds a perfect seasonal touch in this Mezcal Margarita that will warm you up and have you coming back for more.

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


October 10, 2022
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.

Light coral-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with a pineapple frond


September 27, 2022
Amaro e Dolce

The perfect balance between bitterness and sweetness, this Amaro e Dolce cocktail brings together Vodka, Campari, and fruit juices for a super refreshing super delicious drink!

A whole key lime pie with a single slice cut out from it


September 23, 2022
Key Lime Pie with Pecan Graham Cracker Crust

Tart, sweet, creamy, crunchy -- this is everything you could want in a perfect key lime pie!

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


September 22, 2022
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.

Blue drink displayed in a brandy snifter glass filled with ice, garnished with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge on a cocktail pick


September 15, 2022
Blue Hawaiian Cocktail

A classic cocktail with Blue Curaçao as the star of the show, this fruity and delicious Rum cocktail will have you feeling all the island vibes!

The view looking west across the Brooklyn Bridge with the World Trade Center in the background


September 12, 2022
10 Fun Facts About NYC's Iconic Brooklyn Bridge

The Brooklyn Bridge may be one of the Big Apple’s most famous landmarks, but these lesser known facts about this iconic bridge might surprise you!

Pink cocktail garnished with a lime wheel


September 8, 2022
Coconut Guava Margarita

Guava, coconut, lime, and Tequila make for a delicious combination in this super fresh Coconut Guava Margarita recipe that you can whip up at home!

Blue cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with crushed ice garnished with a maraschino cherry and a pineapple wedge


August 29, 2022
Blue Hawaii Cocktail

Gorgeously azure in color and deliciously citrus-forward in flavor, this classic cocktail made with Blue Curaçao, Vodka, and Rum is light, refreshing, and begs to be sipped on a sunny day by the pool.

An external view of Little Island, NYC’s newest public park located on the city’s West Side waterfront


August 25, 2022
Little Island New York: Everything You Need to Know About NYC's Newest Public Park

Ticket info, hours, location, and more, here are all the details you need to plan a visit to Little Island NYC, the Big Apple’s newest public park located on the city’s West Side waterfront.

A pale yellow cocktail displayed in a Collins glass, garnished with cucumber and mint


August 19, 2022
Cucumber Mint Collins

Add a twist to your classic Tom Collins! Cucumber and mint provide a refreshing touch in this summer drink that will cool you off and have you coming back for more.

Dramatic clouds over the Atlantic Ocean with bits of blue sky poking through


August 15, 2022
How to Take Care of the World and People

Some wise words from an 8-year-old that we all could learn a lesson from.

A red cocktail displayed in a Nick and Nora glass, garnished with fresh guava


August 10, 2022
Guava Time

Fresh guava meets guava nectar in this Rum-based cocktail that’s tropical, fruity, and oh so pretty!

Jane’s Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park looking west towards Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge and Word Trade Center in the background


August 7, 2022
The History Behind Jane's Carousel and How It Found Its Home in Brooklyn

Located in Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River waterfront, Jane’s Carousel offers stunning views of downtown Manhattan with a bit of craftsmanship and history rolled into one.

An orange-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks, garnished with basil and a peach slice


August 3, 2022
Peach Bourbon Basil Smash

What’s better than an icy cold Smash drink on a hot summer day? A Whiskey Smash cocktail that combines peach and basil for a refreshing Smash cocktail recipe you’ll be reaching for all season long!

Frozen pina colada displayed in a hurricane glass, garnished with a cherry and pineapple fronds


July 25, 2022
Frozen Piña Colada

What’s in a Piña Colada and what ingredients do you need to make one? This Piña Colada recipe will not only teach you how to make a Piña Colada, but will give you the scoop on the Piña Colada’s origin and a tried and true method for making the perfect Piña Colada at home!

A peach-colored cocktail displayed in a pale pink vintage glass, garnished with a peach slice


July 20, 2022

What’s the story behind the famous peach Bellini cocktail? Get the scoop on this Italian classic along with a Bellini recipe that will have you popping Prosecco all summer long!

The sun setting over the ocean set against a fiery orange sky


July 16, 2022
Are You Ready to be Found?

Whether you’re hiding behind fear, self-doubt, worry or something more, let these words from Zanna Keithley serve as encouragement to step out from behind the shadows so that what you want can find its way to you.

A white-colored cocktail displayed in a glass filled with ice, garnished with mint and a lime twist


July 12, 2022
Coconut Lime Mojito

What tastes better than mint, coconut and lime? Mint, lime and coconut in a yummy Coconut Mojito! This Coconut Rum Mojito recipe whips up quickly and goes down easily.

Handmade and hand painted lemons and lemon trees on display in Citrovia NYC, a whimsical outdoor art exhibit on the west side of Manhattan


July 8, 2022
Citrovia New York: A Whimsical Outdoor Art Installation on the West Side of Manhattan

Take a stroll through the Citrovia lemon garden, an unexpected and beautiful free exhibit in the bustling Hudson Yards neighborhood of Midtown West.

A bright pink cocktail displayed in a rocks glass, garnished with mint and blueberries


July 2, 2022
Watermelon Blueberry Margarita

Spice up your 4th of July BBQs with this patriotic red, white and blue cocktail! This Watermelon Margarita is a perfect July 4th recipe and one that will keep you cool and refreshed all summer long.

A coral colored cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass, garnished with a pineapple frond


June 22, 2022
Coconut Guavatini

Coconut water + guava nectar + Rum = guava cocktail perfection in this Coconut Guava Martini that will have you feeling all the island feels!

A yellow cocktail displayed in a blue wine glass, garnished with a lemon twist


June 13, 2022
French Lillet Spritz

Take your Lillet Spritz to the next level with this French 75-inspired Lillet cocktail! Lillet Blanc is the star of this easy drinking, refreshing summer sipper that will cool you off and keep you hydrated all season long.

A red-colored cocktail displayed in a rocks glass filled with ice, garnished with a whole strawberry


June 1, 2022
Strawberry Ginger Cooler

Everything’s better with berries! And strawberry season is the perfect time to add some extra fruitiness to your tipples. Great for summer BBQs and outdoor entertaining, this Strawberry Ginger Cooler is one cocktail you’ll be sipping all season long!

A fuchsia cocktail displayed in a rocks glass, garnished with blueberries and basil


May 27, 2022
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!

Grey storm clouds hovering above the Atlantic Ocean with a lone palm tree in the distance


May 25, 2022
"I've Had Enough."

As the United States mourns the loss of 21 innocent lives in Uvalde, Texas, Golden State Warriors’ NBA Coach Steve Kerr expresses the heartbreak and outrage felt by Americans countrywide.

Coral colored cocktail displayed in a vintage coupe glass, garnished with a yellow flower and sitting on a white fence rail with a palm tree and tropical plants in the background


May 19, 2022
Tango Cocktail

Hot days call for cold drinks! This 3-ingredient Tango Cocktail recipe combines Gin, passion fruit and grapefruit for a cool, tropical sip poured quickly into your glass.