Charming the Hearts of Men Harvest Punch

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Set in 1964, and inspired by the real-life events during the Civil Rights Act and how women, white and black, faced challenges with equal rights to men. The film branches out and focuses on many women in the South and how they showed friendship and support for one another. 

Anna Friel stars as Grace Gordan, a privileged woman that returns home after her father’s death to find the money has dried up, and she must find work or a rich husband to save her home and the women that have cared for her family.

Charming the Hearts of Men brings together a variety of women from all over, including the red-light district, Black, working, and more, to come together and support one another for equal rights to the men around them. While the Black community was fighting for equal rights, the women posed the question about when their equal rights would be given as well. It was refreshing to see women banding together to help lift each other up, even if that means stern talking. 

Kelsey Grammer is the Congressman that helps to push equal rights for all when Gordan turns his eye. His eye for Gordan gives him new excitement that leads to a big favor for the women. 

Charming the Hearts of Men is in select theaters and Video On Demand on August 13th. 

A romantic drama set during the politically charged early 60s where a sophisticated woman returns to her southern hometown and discovers her options are limited yet discrimination is plentiful. With the help of a Congressional ally, she inspires historic legislation which allows opportunities and protections never before afforded to women.
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The movie was shot in Madison and Athens, Georgia, so I wanted to showcase some of the Southern flavors that I grew up with here in Georgia. Apples and rosemary fuse together for this delicious harvest punch cocktail just in time for the fall season. 

Harvest Punch

Charming the Hearts of Men Harvest Punch

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What you will need

  • 1 Cup lemonade
  • 2 Cup apple cider
  • 1 medium-sized orange
  • 2 medium-sized apples
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • Rosemary sprigs optional
  • 3 ⁄4 Cup orange juice
  • 2 Cup sparkling water


  • Place the orange juice, lemonade, maple syrup, sparkling water, and apple cider in a tall pitcher. Mix all ingredients
  • Cut the apples and the oranges into slices (as seen) and add them to the pitcher.
  • Chill in the refrigerator for 2 hour and serve.


To spike this delicious punch, try it with a bourbon/whisky. You could also skip the maple syrup and try it with maple bourbon! 
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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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