Cheerwine Cupcakes

It’s recipe Wednesday and there is nothing more Southerner than a cup of ice cold Cheerwine. Don’t know what Cheerwine is?  The beverage is a cherry soft-drink, founded in North Carolina. Trust me, it is a must-try!

This soft-drink has multiple uses, including being made into quick and easy cupcakes!

Ingredients:

Cupcakes:

  • 1 box white cake mix
  • 12 ounces Cheerwine
  • 1/8 teaspoon cherry flavor
  • Maraschino cherries
Frosting: 
  • 4 cups Cheerwine
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2-3 cups of powdered confectioner sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line cupcake pans with liners and set aside
  2. Whisk together cake mix, Cheerwine, and cherry flavor. Pour into prepared pans and bake according to package instructions. Cool completely.
  3. In a saucepan, boil down the Cheerwine until it has reduced to 1/2 cup.
  4. In a mixer, cream butter and 2 cups of powdered sugar on medium speed. Slow speed to low and add Cheerwine reduction. Increase speed to high and beat until light and fluffy, adding additional sugar if needed.
  5. Pipe frosting onto cupcakes and top with maraschino cherries.

Enjoy!

Going to Carolina In My Mind

June 26

North Carolina-one of my favorite places in the world. Trust me, I could make you fall in love with all things about the Tarheel state and here’s why:

1. We have the best of both worlds-beautiful mountains and beaches.

2. UNC v. Duke basketball rivalry is a can’t miss.

3. The Wright Brothers and the gift of aviation.

4. We have all four seasons.

5. BBQ–need I say more?

6. There is a city for all types of people.

7. There are TONS of places to have fun for a day-trip, such as Carowinds, The Biltmore Estate, and the Outer Banks.

8. We all know the wonderful taste of Cheerwine.

9. North Carolina is known as “The Hollywood of the East Coast.”

10. You can’t beat the music and musicians from the state. James Taylor, Scotty McCreery, Ben Folds….(the list goes on and on 🙂 )

My Special Place 

  

I now know what Scarlett O’Hara meant when she said the land of Tara gave her strength. Everyone has a special place, a place they call home, a place that gives them strength, and a place where all their worries go away. For me, that special place is Charleston, South Carolina.

Last week was spent in the Holy City. Just the thought of leaving made me shed a tear. Charleston is more than just saltwater, beautiful streets, and Palmetto trees. It is a  city full of history, meaning, and offers something for everyone. 

After exiting the highway, all of the familiar sites and sounds captured my senses. Quickly, my worries washed away and I knew I was back at my second home. 

From the history to the harbor, Charleston will forever be my special place. 

Plan your trip to the city with tips from next week’s A Southern State of Mind. 

Picture Source: Country Belle Chic

Happy (Sweet) Iced Tea Day!

June 10

Today is every Southerner’s favorite day-National Iced Tea Day. However, we need to change the “iced” to “sweet,” to make it more appropriate.

Everyone has their own special way to making the housewine of the South. So, instead of posting my version, I thought I would share the recipe to another favorite-Sweet Tea Sangria! 

Ingredients:

  • 6 cups sweet tea
  • 1 bottle white wine
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • 2 cups sliced peaches
  • fresh mint, for garnishing

Directions:

  1. In a large pitcher, mix together sweet tea and wine.
  2. Add fruit and chill for at least 2-3 hours.
  3. Garnish with mint before serving.

Enjoy!