The Most Popular Cocktail in Every State
We've all been taking part in Zoom happy hours with friends, family, and coworkers this past year, which has led to us honing in on our bartending skills to go along with all of the banana bread we've been making. Staying at home the past year has led to an increase in alcohol sales across the United States as people have become their own bartenders. Home bar carts are stocked with unique glasses, shakers, favorite brands of tequila and bourbon, and all the extras to make a perfect cocktail. While the perfect cocktail is usually any cocktail enjoyed with friends, we've found out every state's favorite umbrella-laden drink.
According to Google Trends data from March 2020 to March 2021, compiled by UpgradedPoints, Americans have indulged in quite a few mojitos, piña coladas, and mimosas over the past year. What was your home state's favorite cocktail during the pandemic? Keep reading to find out.
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Make it with Prosecco wine and peach purée.
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ALASKA: White Russian
Make this drink with vodka, Kahlúa, and cream.
ARIZONA: Jack and Coke
Make it with Jack Daniels whiskey and Coca-Cola.
Make it with mint, ice, lime, sugar, white rum, and club soda.
Make it with salt, grapefruit, lime juice, sugar, tequila, and club soda.
Make it with orange juice and champagne.
Make it with dark spiced rum, cinnamon, sweetened condensed milk, cream of coconut, coconut milk, nutmeg, and vanilla extract.
Make it with bourbon, sweet vermouth, and bitters.
FLORIDA: Piña Colada
Make it with ice, pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, white rum, and dark rum.
This fruity drink is perfect to accompany a Southern brunch spread.
HAWAII: Mai Tai
Make it with white rum, orange curaçao, lime juice, orgeat, and dark rum.
IDAHO: Hot Buttered Rum
Make it with dark brown sugar, unsalted butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, spiced rum, and boiling water.
No brunch in Illinois is complete without a Champagne-orange juice blend.
INDIANA: Tequila Sunrise
Make it with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.
IOWA: Fuzzy Navel
Make it with peach schnapps and orange juice.
KANSAS: Wine Cooler
Make it with wine and ginger ale.
KENTUCKY: Wine Cooler
There's just something comforting about sitting on a Southern front porch, wine cooler in hand.
Make it with light rum, lime juice, and demerara sugar syrup.
MAINE: Rusty Nail
Make it with scotch and Drambuie.
Maryland residents know a good mimosa is the key to Sunday Funday.
Make it with rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut.
MICHIGAN: 7 and 7
Make it with Seagram's Seven Crown and 7-Up soda.
MINNESOTA: White Russian
This vodka-coffee cocktail is an acquired taste, but Minnesotans can't get enough of it.
MISSISSIPPI: Old Fashioned
Make it with sugar, bitters, water, and bourbon.
Make it with blanco tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and agave syrup.
MONTANA: Dark N' Stormy
Make it with rum, lime juice, and ginger beer.
NEBRASKA: Moscow Mule
Make it with vodka, lime juice, ice, and ginger beer.
NEVADA: Shirley Temple
Make it with lemon-lime soda, cherries, ice, and grenadine.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: Margarita
Whether the cocktail is frozen or traditional, New Hampshire residents know that you can't go wrong with a margarita.
NEW JERSEY: Piña Colada
New Jersey residents love this fun, fruity drink.
NEW MEXICO: Piña Colada
Pineapple juice and coconut transport New Mexico residents to the tropics with this classic cocktail.
NEW YORK: Vodka Fizz
Make it with club soda, vodka, simple syrup, and lime juice.
NORTH CAROLINA: Mimosa
North Carolina's strict liquor laws won't stop residents from indulging in a nice mimosa from time to time.
NORTH DAKOTA: Sex on the Beach
Make it with vodka, peach schnapps, crème de cassis, orange juice, and cranberry juice.
Make it with beer and lemonade.
Like Alabama, Oklahoma knows the value of a good bellini.
OREGON: Lemon Drop Martini
Make it with vodka, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
PENNSYLVANIA: Wine Cooler
Pennsylvania residents like to relax with a wine cooler now and then.
RHODE ISLAND: Dark N' Stormy
This drink sounds ominous, but the ginger beer gives it a sweet, pleasant flavor.
SOUTH CAROLINA: Gin Fizz
Make it with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, egg white, and club soda.
SOUTH DAKOTA: Screwdriver
Make it with orange juice and vodka.
A mimosa is the perfect complement to a plate of Nashville hot chicken.
We like to think that the slogan "everything's bigger in Texas" applies to the margaritas, too.
Make it with gin, club soda, and lime juice.
Make it with citrus vodka, Cointreau, lime juice, and cranberry juice.
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Washington state residents love this minty drink.
WEST VIRGINIA: White Russian
West Virginians are fans of this cream-based cocktail.
WISCONSIN: Old Fashioned
Wisconsin residents keep things classic, with the old-fashioned being the cocktail of their choice.
WYOMING: Long Island Iced Tea
Make it with vodka, white rum, silver tequila, gin, triple sec, simple syrup, lemon juice, and cola.
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