Book Review: Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon

Whiskey In A Teacup by Reese Witherspoon is by far one of the best lifestyle books you’ll ever read. Reese Witherspoon shares family recipes, childhood memories, and southern traditions. You’ll learn a lot about the culture in Nashville Tennessee as well as guideposts of southern living.

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The pages in this book share what it truly means to be a southern woman. While also sharing classic recipes everyone must try. I read all 298 pages is 3 days. I’m telling you it’s that good! Now that we live in Tennessee, I’m trying to learn as much as possible from the southern women who were born and raised here.

How I Discovered This Book

In our local library, we’ve got a section full of lifestyle, home, and recipe books. That’s where I found Whiskey In A Teacup. I can’t believe I hadn’t checked it out sooner!

Whiskey In A Teacup in 3 Sentences

  1. Southern women are classy but are never afraid to have a good time!
  2. Always make guests feel welcome with a glass of sweet tea and a delicious snack.
  3. Value heirlooms, old traditions, and scrapbooks full of memories.

Favorite Southern Traditions in this Book

  1. Always have a pitcher of ice-cold homemade sweet tea ready for guests
  2. Keep a monogrammed marriage scrapbook (write a letter to one another on every anniversary)
  3. Clothespin Christmas cards to a garland wrapped around the stairway banister.
  4. Give 1 very special gift for holidays/birthdays/weddings/celebrations rather than multiple.
  5. Always make special occasions special with traditions, company, and amazing food.

Favorite Recipes Found in this Book

  1. Dorothea’s Sun Tea
  2. Pulled Pork Sliders with Bourbon BBQ Sauce and Pickled Red Onions
  3. Dorothea’s Brined-and-Battered Fried Chicken
  4. Easter Rolls
  5. Mud Pie Trifle

How Whiskey In A Teacup Changed Me

This book reminded me of what slowing down really means. It taught me more about the place I live and the traditions southerners enjoy. It felt as if I was sitting next to Reese listening to her stories.

I’ve taken so much advice from this book that I’m implementing into my own life. Such as always having a pitcher of ice tea ready for guests, making holidays more about traditions than gifts, and never being afraid to use vibrant wallpaper.

Favorite Quotes from Reese in the Book

  • “My grandmother Dorothea always said that it was a combination of beauty and strength that made southern women ‘whiskey in a teacup’.”
  • “Southern ladies have a reputation for loving all sorts of embroidery, and I’m here to tell you that “this reputation is 100 percent based in fact.”
  • “I can’t blow out my own hair. I can’t even straight-iron it. But boy, do I know how to do hot rollers.”
  • “Dogs have the best life in the South, because you just don’t ever put a dog behind a fence.”
  • “It’s my philosophy that a dog can’t be made to not get up on the furniture, and so the furniture must be dog-proof.”
  • “It’s the law of the land that if someone shows up at your door, you have to offer them something to eat or drink. At the very least, you have to serve them a glass of ice-cold sweet tea.”

Who Should Read Whiskey In A Teacup

Any woman that loves cooking, homemaking, good food, family, and traditions should read this book. You don’t have to live in the southeastern part of the USA to enjoy these pages. Southern living is truly a special way to live, I highly recommend giving it a read.


In this book, Reese had my heart from the first page. I felt so connected to each tradition, recipe, and idea. After reading every word, I am even more grateful to live here in Middle Tennessee. After writing this review I want to reread the whole book. Well I guess I just planned my weekend haha!

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