Do you know your state’s signature drink? Find out Alabama’s here

Published 12:20 pm Thursday, March 24, 2022

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Do you know your state’s signature drink? Find out Alabama’s here

Every U.S. state has something it’s proud of—and that’s especially true of its signature drinks. These are drinks that locals love and ones tourists love to seek out. You know the ones we’re talking about. Can you imagine a trip to California without a glass of Napa Valley red wine? Or breezing through Seattle without a piping-hot cup of coffee? Sometimes it’s the signature drink that helps to solidify a destination’s character.

There is no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to defining a state’s signature drink. Some states even have drinks that are designated as their official state beverages. In fact, the most popular state beverage across the country is, believe it or not, milk—19 states claim milk as their official state beverage. And then there are other states that are well-known for their drinks, like Nebraska and its Red Beer, a concoction of beer and tomato juice similar to Mexico’s “Ojo Rojo” hangover cure. There are also drinks like sweet tea with vodka from South Carolina or Jack Daniel’s from Tennessee. These drinks are state icons, even if they don’t have official state symbol status. Tourists and locals alike always seem to find a reason to seek them out and do a taste test for themselves in order to embrace the flavors of our 50 states.

So what are the signature drinks from every state? Stacker looked at official state websites, news, culinary profiles, and historic reports that tie specific beverages to states across the country. Some states had several drinks in the running, so in those cases, the majority ruled.

Are you ready to discover signature beverages from across the country? In fact, do you even know the signature drink from your home state? Read on to discover which drink is your state’s favorite, or explore the entire national list here.

Alabama: Yellowhammer

An Alabama game day isn’t the real deal without a Yellowhammer. Named for the eponymous bird, it is the signature beverage of Gallette’s in Tuscaloosa and favored when the University of Alabama is playing. According to The Daily Meal, it contains vodka, light rum, amaretto, orange juice, and pineapple juice, topped with a Maraschino cherry.

Continue reading to see other signature drinks in your region.

Florida: Orange juice

When it comes to Florida, it has to be orange juice. Florida produces more than 70% of the country’s supply of citrus, according to Visit Florida. More than 90% of the eponymous juice in the United States comes from Florida oranges. If you want to keep with the cocktail theme, throw a little bubbly in and make it a mimosa.

Georgia: Scarlet O’Hara

Named for the world’s most famous Southern belle, Georgia’s signature drink is the Scarlet O’Hara cocktail. It’s made with cranberry juice, a dash of lime, and Southern Comfort, according to The Daily Meal.