Booze Hound: Southern Girl at Lockeland Table

Booze Hound: Southern Girl at Lockeland Table


Booze Hound: Southern Girl at Lockeland Table

Southern Girl at Lockeland TablePhoto: Eric England

As a born-and-raised Northern girl, I feel a bit like an impostor every time I order the Southern Girl cocktail at East Nashville’s Lockeland Table. But give the drink a chance — it isn’t the sort of cocktail that can only be enjoyed while wearing pearls and Lilly Pulitzer. Built on a strong foundation of Belle Meade Bourbon, the drink gets its subtle sweetness from the seasonal shrub (a syrup made with vinegar and fruit macerated with sugar) in an ever-rotating blend of fruit and savory herbs, like strawberry and peppercorn or watermelon and mint. The cocktail is shaken with ice and strained so your teeth don’t have to act as a baleen to filter out unwanted ice shards hidden in every sip. A splash of cava to finish adds a bright effervescence, transforming what could otherwise be a heavy, boozy concoction into one that’s light and refreshing (and very drinkable).

Despite the decidedly terrible name, there’s a reason the Southern Girl tops Lockeland Table’s house favorites menu. And although it’s never discounted during LT’s lauded community hour, at $10, it’s one of the better cocktail deals in town. No pearls necessary. 

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