The 10 Most Classic Southern Cocktails Everyone Should Try In Their Lifetime
When you taste a cocktail that goes back decades, centuries even, it's not just the combination of booze, bitters, sugar, and citrus that you're letting settle into your taste buds. Unlike the watery bite of a well whiskey Coke or the saccharine aftertaste of a cranberry vodka, a real cocktail doesn't need to be endured. It's to be enjoyed, down to the last smooth drop.
In the South, we have been blessed with classic cocktail recipes that are older than many cities and wiser, too. So when you taste a Sazerac, Gin Fizz, or Mint Julep, it's not just the liquor coming through. These drinks have got soul and stories to tell, and they won't let us forget. All those watered-down well drinks and new-age craft cocktails might now rule the bar at times, but these classic cocktails built the bar.
If anything, these 10 essential Southern cocktails are a rite of passage that shows respect for the past, even if that past took place at a dimly lit mahogany bar on an old leather stool. Read on for some of the most classic Southern cocktails to try at least once, with some of our favorite traditional recipes and other recipes that feature a unique modern twist.