The South is known for many things, but one thing that a true Southerner knows is a good cocktail. No matter what mixture of alcohol you use, the goal is a tart, sometimes strong cocktail. Whether it is refreshing or packs a punch, the following are some of the best Southern cocktails out there.
1. Cajun Lemonade
This is not the type of lemonade you’ll find at most of the restaurants in the South. It is a combination of Pimm’s No. 1, lemonade and 7 Up with a splash or two of Tabasco to hike up the heat level and the intensity. One more ingredient is added, either vodka or rum, depending on the drinker’s desire. According to FoodandWine.com, this is a favorite treat when you want a pitcher full of fresh taste that pays homage to New Orleans.
2. The Southern Screwdriver Recipe
For those who like the traditional screwdriver, this one offers a fun twist. According to Drinksmixer.com, this favorite Southern cocktail includes two ounces of vodka, two ounces of Southern Comfort peach liqueur and six ounces of Sunny Delight orange juice. This mixture is then served over ice.
3. Hot Buttered Rum
This is a traditional Southern cocktail made during the holidays, but it works all year long to warm up your soul. In this drink, you’ll mix apple cider, fresh lemon juice, allspice berries, cinnamon, dark honey, butter and other ingredients, along with dark rum. It is warmed and tastes perfectly warming for any time during the winter months, according to Cocktails.com.
4. Pink Cadillac Margaritas
Perhaps you want something that’s fun and lighthearted. This Southern cocktail is another popular option for the cooler winter months. It will warm you up with its combination of tequila, fresh lime juice, powdered sugar, orange liqueur and cranberry juice. According to MyRecipes.com, you can add a lot of festive flare if you serve this during the holiday season by rimming the glasses with powdered sugar.
5. The Quintessential Southern Cocktail
According to ThirstySouth.com, the Sazerac is the top of the line when it comes to cocktails. It includes a sugar cube, rye whiskey, Peychaud’s Bitters, Angostura Bitters, absinthe and lemon peel. It can offer the right combination of punch and attitude for any event.
When it comes to Southern charm, the right cocktail in hand can make all of the difference when you are greeting guests or sitting down after a long day.