3 Apr

Map of the Week: Cocktail By County

Let’s ice things up this week with a map of the 50 states most purchased cocktails! If you were to travel across the United States trying every one of their favorite drinks, you would come across quite a few of the same tastes.

The most popular cocktails are the Whiskey Sour (Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming) and the Long Island Iced Tea (Connecticut, Iowa, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania). The whiskey sour is a mixed drink containing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and optionally, a dash of egg white while the Long Island Iced Tea is typically made with vodka, tequila, light rum, triple sec, gin, and a splash of cola, which gives the drink the same amber hue as its namesake.

While some Americans are opting for the big stuff, others like to carry the tradition of a light ‘boozy brunch’ with Mimosas, Tequila Sunrises, or Bloody Marys. The original Tequila Sunrise originated in Arizona, where it’s still most popular now, in the 1930’s as a mix of tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water. Nowadays, the Tequila Sunrise is a cocktail made of tequila, orange juice, and grenadine syrup.

Kentucky shows their Mint Julep pride each year with almost 120,000 drinks served over the two-day period of Kentucky Derby weekend at Churchill Downs Racetrack.

It is illegal in some states to transport alcohol across state lines because of the different tax deductions. In the past, state troopers have been known to sit on the edge of state lines and keep track of cars making short trips across each state.

Here is a running list of every state’s go-to cocktail:

AK: Tequila Sunrise

AL: Mint Julep

AR: Mojito

AZ: Tequila Sunrise

CA: Mimosa

CO: Paloma

CT: Long Island Iced Tea

DC: Mojito

DE: Tom Collins

FL: Mojito

GA: Mimosa

HI: Mai Tai

IA: Long Island Iced Tea

ID: Whiskey Sour

IL: Paloma

IN: Tequila Sunrise

KS: Margarita

KY: Mint Julep

LA: Daiquiri

MA: Gin and Tonic

MD: Mimosa

ME: Tom Collins

MI: Moscow Mule

MN: Bloody Mary

MO: Long Island Iced Tea

MS: Tom Collins

MT: Moscow Mule

NC: Mimosa

ND: Sex on the Beach

NE: Moscow Mule

NH: Margarita

NJ: Pina Colada

NM: Moscow Mule

NV: Martini

NY: Moscow Mule

OH: Long Island Iced Tea

OK: Long Island Iced Tea

OR: Whiskey Sour

PA: Long Island Iced Tea

RI: Cosmopolitan

SC: Pina Colada

SD: Sex on the Beach

TN: Tequila Sunrise

TX: Paloma

UT: Whiskey Sour

VA: Whiskey Sour

VT: Manhattan

WA: Gin & Tonic

WI: Old Fashioned

WV: Whiskey Sour

WY: Whiskey Sour