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50 Fabulous Cocktail Recipes For Your Next Party

by Our Editors

Taste the USA without ever leaving your living room with these 50 cocktails (recipes included).

Jenna Leis (photo by oneinchpunch)
What are people doing to relax during the coronavirus quarantines? They’re drinking and hosting virtual cocktail parties with friends and loved ones on places like Zoom and Facebook Watch!  And we are here to see to it that you don’t run out of  recipes or ideas! Join us as we travel from the East Coast to the West Coast and Hawaii to Alaska in search of the best cocktails in the USA. Each of this country’s 50 states is home to amazing art, culture, history, and libations. So join us in a drink or two, and then feel to create these signature cocktails at home for your family and friends. Bottom’s up!

 

Alabama Slammer Cocktail (Photo by Alp Aksoy)

Alabama: The Alabama Slammer

Like its namesake suggests, the Alabama Slammer is said to have been born at the University of Alabama in the 1970s and has since become the go to drink at the Universities Crimson Tide tail gate party. Recipes may differ among party goers but the most common version blends Southern Comfort with amaretto, sloe gin, and orange juice. Add all the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake, strain into a highball glass over fresh ice, and garnish with an orange wheel.

  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Sloe gin
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 2 oz Fresh orange juice

 

Bloody Mary (Photo by Ekaterina Kondratova)

Alaska: Smoked Salmon Bloody Mary

If you order a Bloody Mary up in Alaska you might be in for a surprise when you find out how they put their own special spin on this classic cocktail. Smoked Salmon Bloody Mary’s are Alaskan’s go to hangover cure. They are made possible by adding Alaska Distillery’s smoked salmon flavored vodka. Mix it in with the rest of the ingredients before pouring into a glass full of ice cubes, and garnish with celery stalk.

  • 8 oz V-8 juice
  • 1 to 3 dashes Tabasco
  • 1 dash Worcestershire sauce
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 shot Smoked Salmon Vodka
  • 1 stalk celery

 

Tequila Sunrise (Photo by Africa Studio)

Arizona: Tequila Sunrise

The original Tequila Sunrise was said to be invented for the Arizona Biltmore Hotel in the 1930s in Phoenix, Arizona. The original Biltmore recipe consists of a mix of tequila, crème de cassis, lime juice and soda water. Ingredients are combined over ice and toped with soda, then an orange is used to garnish the top. The recipe has been tweaked over the years and attributed to different cities, but the original recipe is still used in bars across Phoenix.

  • 1-1/4 oz high quality tequila (white or silver)
  • 3/4 oz Crème de Cassis
  • Fresh Lime juice from 2 slices
  • Club soda
  • Orange slice

 

Razorback Cocktail (Photo by Inn at Carnall Hall)

Arkansas: Arkansas Razorback

This popular cocktail shares its name with the University of Arkansas Razorbacks. Football is a way of life in Arkansas, so you can be sure to find this drink at any tailgate party. Ingredients are mixed into a cocktail shaker with ice till frothy before being strained into an old fashioned glass.

  • 1/2 oz Vodka
  • 1/2 oz Amaretto
  • 1/2 oz Coffee liqueur
  • 1/2 oz Spiced rum

 

Mai Tai drinks (Photo by Maridav)

California: The Mai Tai

The ever popular rum cocktail the Mai Tai is said to have been created first by a man named Victor “Trader Vic” Buergon at his Polynesian style restaurant in Oakland, California in the 1940s. While the drink can be found across the country in any tiki-themed restaurant or bar it still remains as one of the top drinks in California. To make, add the white rum, curaçao, lime juice, and orgeat into a shaker with crushed ice and shake lightly. Then pour into an old fashioned glass before adding the dark rum over the top. Finally garnish with a lime wheel, a mint sprig, and a slice of pineapple.

  • 1 1/2 oz White rum
  • 3/4 oz Orange curaçao
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Orgeat
  • 1/2 oz Dark rum
  • 1 Lime wheel
  • Mint sprig
  • Pineapple slice

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