The Cuestión Ol’ Fashioned

We have been on an extended vacation so I haven’t been able to post any recipes.  But I’m back now and it’s College Game Day so it’s time for a tailgating drink, right?  Well, I have a delicious drink that I must share and the Founder and CEO of Cuestión Spirits Company and partner in the making of Cuestión Tequila with Jose de Jesus Figueroa Dominguez is a local resident of my hometown, Jason Fandrich


The Cuestión Ol' Fashioned

  • Servings: 1
  • Difficulty: easy
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  • 2 ounces Cuestión Anejo
  • 1/2 ounce Agave Nectar (more or less to your taste)
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters (Fee Brothers)
  • 1 dash Old Fashion Bitters (Angostura)

Stir with ice to combine and dilute.  Strain over fresh ice, garnish with expressed orange and lemon peel.  Buen Provecho!


Justin Timberlake’s Lemonade Cocktail

Dec 7, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and entertainer Justin Timberlake holds the camera during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 7, 2014; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies minority owner and entertainer Justin Timberlake holds the camera during a timeout in the first half of the game against the Miami Heat at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

We have got to show a bit of West Tennessee and Memphis love here. It falls right into Butch Jones’s Manifest Destiny theme of owning the entire state of Tennessee in recruiting, and it showed this past year with the flip of five-star offensive tackle Drew Richmond right out of Memphis.

So what better way to do this than with the drink of a Shelby County native and one of Tennessee’s biggest celebrities? Justin Timberlake has been advertising that 901 Tequila that he came out with, or I guess what you would now call Sauza 901.

Well, his own lemonade cocktail based on that drink has gotten critical acclaim. Apparently, it’s perfect on a golf course. You can read about all of that here.

Justin Timberlake’s Lemonade Cocktail

1 Part Tequila

2 Parts Iced Tea

2 Parts Lemonade

1/4 Part Agave Syrup

Mint Leaves and Lemon Wedges at the top

If it’s good for golfing, and it’s good for a Tennessee guy, then it must be good outside for a Tennessee Vols football game. So give this one a shot.

Old Smoky Blackberry Tea


We are heading back to the moonshine. This time, we get to combine what is unique about the state of Tennessee by heading back to the prohibition era once again and what is unique about the south in general.

Moonshine and tea. Combining the rough and tough part of the south with the sophistication of the south. Doesn’t get much better than that, right?

So, onto the Ole Smoky Blackberry Tea. Obviously, this is an Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine based drink, coming right out of the Smoky Mountains in Gatlinburg.

Information on it can be found here, and this is the recipe:

Old Smoky Blackberry Tea

1 part Ole Smoky Blackberry Moonshine

1 part sweetened or unsweetened tea

Lemon wheel and/or fresh mint for decoration on top of the cup

Now, you can do sweetened or unsweetened, but obviously, the southern part has to make it sweet tea. This is as Tennessee as it gets.

It has the Smoky Mountains reference in here, which is also a reference to our mascot, Smoky.    You could sell it in jars with a picture of Smoky on it if you wanted to.


With the same amount of moonshine as tea, this will obviously be a strong drink, so be incredibly careful. One solo cup of this will have you gone. But a small glass could be the perfect amount for a Tennessee game.

So soak up the sun in East Tennessee, enjoy those Smoky Mountains, maybe go camping the night before a game, and listen to “Rocky Top” in the morning. That will get you in the mood for an Ole Smoky Blackberry Tea.

How to Get Over a Hangover


I know what it feels like to force my eyes open in the morning, nurse a pounding headache and wonder, “Why, why, why did I say yes to that last glass?”  And being from Tennessee, we know all too well who Jack is.  So, I wanted to figure out if there are any real cures for hangovers…

Do any of the common remedies that go beyond the basic prescription of “drink lots of water and sit tight ’til it passes” actually work?  Here are a few of my favorite time-tested remedies. And some crazy ones.

Hair of the dog

Probably the most popular hangover cure, this involves drinking more alcohol the morning after — a Bloody Mary, a beer or any number of other classics of the form. The idea is that your hangover is most painful when the body moves from breaking down alcohol to working on a drink’s secondary components. So if you add a little more alcohol for your body to get back to work on, it can mitigate the greatest pain. Experts say: It’s effective in postponing the hangover, but it’s not a cure (unless you drink continuously for the rest of your life).

Popping a pain reliever

Before you go to sleep, the advice goes, drink lots of water, take a couple of Advil, Tylenol or aspirin, and hope for the best in the morning. Experts say: It might help dull your headache, but medicine mixed with alcohol, depending on how much you drank, can be even worse for your liver.

Work it out

Some people, including me, take their next-day aches and pains to the gym. Since exercise boosts endorphins, a good workout can make your mood a little better. Unfortunately, Men’s Health points out you can’t actually sweat alcohol out, so all your symptoms won’t be gone when Soul Cycle ends. Experts say: If you go this route, make sure you drink LOTS of water to keep from getting dehydrated all over again.

Greasy food

Go-to meals for people with hangovers fall in two camps, but those craving a hamburger, drippy eggs or a giant Chipotle burrito seem to outnumber those who need a plate of fresh greens to feed a hangover. (Here are some recipes, if you’re going for it.) Experts say: Doctors agree that the effects of feeding a hangover work best when you do it preventively. It’s important to eat enough food — be it a steak or a salad — before or while you’re drinking to help absorb the alcohol up front. The next day, it’s too late. (Although, a Korean study said asparagus is good for helping to break down alcohol’s components. Who knew?)

Get wet

F. Scott Fitzgerald once observed that the only people swimming at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the French Riviera were those, “going for a short hangover dip at noon.” But if you’re landlocked, how about a relaxing shower? Experts say: Swimming, soaking in the tub or taking a shower can’t hurt, especially if being in the water generally helps you overcome pain. If the water is warm, though, it may make you sweat. Remember to HYDRATE.

Pass the salt

Ask for international hangover cures, and from nearly every person in every country, random ideas will spring forth. The editors at Elle tried out a few, including Pedialyte (yes, the salty drink for sick kids) to pickled plums, favored in Japan. Both were deemed too untasty in the midst of a hangover to complete the test of effectiveness. And pickle juice is recommended for Vodka-infused hangovers in Russia. Experts say: Again, working to prevent dehydration before, during and after you drink is helpful. This can simply be water, though. Briny liquids and foods may help with dehydration, too, but feel free to substitute Gatorade for the same effect.

One thing all doctors and wise people everywhere recommend as a hangover panacea: Not drinking. But, sometimes that’s not much fun, especially when campfires and good friends are involved.

What is your go-to hangover remedy? I’d love to know.


Hot Toddy Anyone?

Hot toddyThis is an old remedy for allergies, colds and whatever else is ailing you.  My father-in-law, who is almost 72 years young, swears by it and my mother use to give this to my sister and me when we were youngsters.  But my mother used Jack Daniels, not Rock & Rye.  Even for a little southern comfort, I’m sure this beverage would fix that also.  🙂


  • 1/2 boiling hot water
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • Squeeze of lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of local honey

Combine all ingredients in a mug and sip while hot.  Enjoy!

Just a little tidbit….A “Hot Toddy” is traditionally drank before going to bed and is believed to cure the symptoms of the cold and flu.  As the old timers from Tennessee would say, “A hot toddy is the vitamin C for health, the honey to soothe, and the alcohol to numb”.  Even if this toddy doesn’t cure what ails you, at least it will make you forget about it for a while.