Southern Kitchen Bucket List : Homemade Buttermilk.

Today my journey to make another Southern classic continues. Not only is buttermilk a staple in any Southern kitchen, it also functions as a staple ingredient in many recipes. If you’re not one of those folks that happens to have a jug of fresh buttermilk on hand on any given day, then this super simple “how to” on making your own is just what you need.

I wanted to make this Southern classic from scratch and share my journey with you all. Buttermilk comes from the leftovers of churned butter, letting nothing go to waste, which is always important in my kitchen.

Homemade Buttermilk by heirloomed


The only ingredient this recipe calls for is heavy cream. How easy is that? You simply just fill a jar half way with heavy cream. I used one of my glass canning jars. Shake the jar for several minutes, until you see whip cream starting to form.

Continue shaking your jar until you see a thick yellow mixture forming. Congratulations, you just made homemade butter (and you can check out our full recipe for here). So you basically get two made-from-scratch items out of one simple recipe. The remaining liquid is your buttermilk, so simply pour it into a separate jar and use you’re ready to use your fresh buttermilk in any recipe (but I sure hope you’re making biscuits!)

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have time for all this shaking, or you don’t have heavy cream on hand either, you can create a recipe substitute for buttermilk by adding one tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to one cup milk to create a similar taste that will get you through without having to run to the grocery store with all the kids in tow.

I would just love to know what are your favorite recipes that use buttermilk?

Check out the rest of our Southern Kitchen Bucket List challenge - as well as download our free SKBL ebooks here.



Homemade Buttermilk by heirloomed


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Spring Elderflower + Prosecco Cocktail.

The weather is warming up and more + more events are starting to pop up on my weekend calendar. From brunches to bridal luncheons and baby showers to Spring dinners and birthday parties it seems there is always room for a nice classic cocktail. This one is simple but always makes a beautiful presentation.

Prosecco cocktail by heirloomed

I love the fizz of a nice glass of Prosecco or something bubbly. The clean and crisp taste makes it very nice to sip on and is a great “starter” to get your event going.

Sometimes for a party, even a classic can use a new and fun twist. I gathered just a few more ingredients (and this gorgeous vintage coupe glass!) to turn a plain ol’ glass of Prosecco into a fancy cocktail for you.

Elderflower, which is the flavor in St. Germain, is just the most beautiful little hint of floral flavor. I think it adds just the right addition of flavor profile and depth to the cocktail to keep in fresh + signature. And the freshness + aroma of the thyme with those delicate little leaves just feels so sweet and elevated to me. Any excuse to use herbs!

St. Germaine + Prosecco cocktail by heirloomed

Elderflower + Prosecco Cocktail

Yield: 6 glasses
This light and refreshing cocktail is perfect for a spring get together.


Cocktail Ingredients:
  • 1 bottle Prosecco
  • 1 bottle St. Germain
  • A few springs of fresh herbs (one per glass)


How to cook Elderflower + Prosecco Cocktail

  1. Using your favorite serving glasses, pour about 3/4 way full with Prosecco.
  2. Next, add just a splash of St. Germain to really make the flavors pop.
  3. Lastly, garnish each glass with a fresh herb spring. I used thyme and it went really well with the other flavors.
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St. Germaine + Prosecco cocktail by heirloomed

This cocktail is so easy to make and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. What are your favorite spring cocktails to make for special occasions? Let me know in the comments below.


St. Germaine + Prosecco cocktail by heirloomed