by MARSHALL BONE
Southerners love their cocktails. In fact, many of the most iconic cocktails in the United States come from the south. These drinks are steeped in history and tradition, and are loved by locals and visitors alike.
Let’s brush up on seven of the most famous Southern cocktails and learn about what makes them so special.
Whether you’re a Southerner yourself or just visiting, be sure to try out some of these delicious drinks!
1. The Mint Julep
The Mint Julep is perhaps the most well-known Southern cocktail. This drink originated in the 18th century and was traditionally made with bourbon, mint, sugar, and water. Today, Mint Juleps are often served in a silver or pewter cup and garnished with a sprig of mint.
If you’re looking to try a Mint Julep, head to Kentucky, where this drink is particularly popular. The Kentucky Derby is even known as “The Run for the Roses” because Mint Juleps, garnished with roses, are served at the event.
2. The Hurricane
The Hurricane is a fruity cocktail that was invented in New Orleans in the 1940s. This drink is made with rum, passion fruit juice (or fruit puree), orange juice, and lime juice. It is usually served in a hurricane glass, which is named after the cocktail.
If you’re visiting New Orleans, be sure to stop by Pat O’Brien’s, where the Hurricane was invented. This bar is located in the French Quarter and is a must-visit for any fan of this iconic cocktail.
3. The Margarita
The Margarita is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This drink is made with tequila, lime juice, and triple sec (or another type of orange-flavored liqueur). It is often served with salt on the rim of the glass and garnished with a lime wedge.
While Margaritas can be found all over the world, they are particularly popular in Texas. In fact, National Margarita Day is even celebrated on February 22nd each year.
Nowadays, there are often different variations like the Skinny Margarita, a few sugar-free recipes, and other health-conscious options. You can even use a cocktail starter like a tasty margarita mix to make at home. No matter how you take it, it’s a delicious Southern cocktail that’ll leave you thirsting for more.
4. The Old-Fashioned
The Old-Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has been around for centuries. This drink is made with bourbon (or whiskey), sugar, bitters, and a twist of citrus peel. It is typically served in a lowball glass or rocks glass.
While the Old-Fashioned can be traced back to the early 1800s, it gained popularity in the south during the Prohibition era. This drink was often served at speakeasies and became a symbol of defiance during this time.
Nowadays, the Old-Fashioned is one of the most popular cocktails in the world. It can be found on menus at bars and restaurants all over the globe.
5. The Manhattan
The Manhattan is another classic cocktail that has been around for centuries. This drink is made with whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters. It is typically served in a martini glass or coupe glass and garnished with a cherry.
Like the Old-Fashioned, the Manhattan is another cocktail that gained popularity during the Prohibition era and was often served at speakeasies. This drink is also said to have originated in New York City, which is where its name comes from.
6. The Daiquiri
The Daiquiri is a refreshing and flavorful cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. This drink is made with rum, lime juice, and sugar (or simple syrup). It is typically served in a martini glass or coupe glass and garnished with a lime wedge.
While the Daiquiri originated in Cuba, it gained popularity in the United States during the early 20th century. This cocktail was often served at parties and became a symbol of luxury and sophistication.
Nowadays, there are many different variations of the Daiquiri, including frozen Daiquiris, fruit-flavored Daiquiris, and even chocolate Daiquiris.
7. Southern Comfort
Southern Comfort is a sweet and smooth liqueur that is perfect for sipping on its own or using in cocktails. This liqueur is made with whiskey, fruit juice, and spices. It is often served neat or on the rocks.
This liqueur was created in New Orleans in the late 1800s and is still enjoyed there today. It is one of the most popular spirits in the city and a key ingredient in many iconic cocktails.
Southern Comfort can be enjoyed in a variety of cocktails, including the Hurricane, the Margarita, and the Old-Fashioned. It can also be sipped on its own or mixed with lemonade or iced tea.
That’s a Wrap
So there you have it, seven iconic cocktails that are household names; it’s like beer for Southerners, only more sophisticated. Make sure you try them all.
Marshall Bone is a writer, copy strategist and all-around stylish guy who has been following trends in GQ for more than two decades. Voted best-dressed both his junior and senior year, Bone has continued this legacy and can be found covering various topics from men’s fashion to self care and grooming. He enjoys reading and is based in the greater Los Angeles area.