A New List Revealed America’s Favorite Cocktails
Ever wondered what most people in your state like to drink during happy hour?
Versus Reviews, a product comparison website, analyzed data based on Google searches to figure out what most people in your state are searching for when they look up drink recipes. While it’s not a guarantee that these are everyone’s favorite drink recipes, it stands to reason that most people are planning to mix the drinks they’re researching.
Ahead, check out the most popular drink searches for the past year. Which libation won in your home state?
1. Tequila Sunrise
Most popular in: Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Tennessee
If any drink can make you feel like you’re on vacation, this is it. There’s just something about the combination of orange juice, grenadine syrup, and tequila that makes this cocktail sweet but not overly so. Residents of four states are keen to take brunch up a notch by serving this fruity yet serious cocktail.
Next: Mint Julep
2. Mint Julep
Most popular in: Alabama, Kentucky
It’s no surprise that the mint julep, the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby, is the most popular drink in these two Southern states. This refreshing cocktail is made with bourbon, sugar, water, and — you guessed it — fresh mint leaves. So crisp!
Most popular in: Arkansas, Washington D.C., Florida
Mojito: fun to say, even more fun to sip. This traditional Cuban highball, which some consider the perfect rum drink, consists of white rum, sugar, lime juice, soda water, and mint. The key to making this beverage is muddling the mint with the sugar first to release all the refreshing taste.
Most popular in: California, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina
There’s more than one state where people like to “do brunch.” This beloved cocktail is made by mixing orange juice with champagne or sparkling wine for a fizzy, fun drink that you won’t feel weird drinking with your omelet at 9 in the morning.
Most popular in: Colorado, Illinois, Texas
This trendy drink is taking the internet by storm. Paloma is the Spanish word for “dove” and the cocktail version tastes so good. It’s made by mixing tequila with grapefruit flavored soda such as Fresca, Squirt, or Jarritos. La Croix would work, too.
Next: Long Island Iced Tea
6. Long Island Iced Tea
Most popular in: Connecticut, Iowa, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania
In a tie for first place, one of the most popular drink recipes to search is also one of the most surprising. You’d think a Long Island Iced Tea would be a light a refreshing beverage. But really, it’s almost pure alcohol — a mix of five different liquors including vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec, and gin with a splash of cola. It’s pretty strong — but also quite tasty.
Next: Tom Collins
7. Tom Collins
Most popular in: Delaware, Maine, Mississippi
Combine gin, lemon juice, sugar, and carbonated water, serve it on the rocks in a Collins glass and bam — you’ve got a Tom Collins. This drink was first put into writing in 1876 by Jerry Thomas, the modern father of American mixology. It’s been popular ever since.
Next: Mai Tai
8. Mai Tai
Most popular in: Hawaii
Obviously, the Mai Tai is a popular choice in the magical land of Hawaii. This vacation-worthy drink is made with two kinds of rum, Curaçao liqueur, orgeat syrup, and lime juice. It tastes almost as good as a Hawaiian vacation. Almost.
Next: Whiskey Sour
9. Whiskey Sour
Most popular in: Idaho, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming
The other beverage that’s tied for first place is the classic whiskey sour. This cocktail is made by mixing whiskey, lemon juice, sugar, and sometimes a little bit of egg white. It’s garnished with a maraschino cherry or orange slice and served on the rocks.
Most popular in: Kansas, New Hampshire
It’s practically illegal to go out for tacos and not order a margarita (or two). Mix together tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice either on the rocks or frozen and then garnish with coarse salt or sugar. The variations on margaritas are almost as popular. Strawberry? Mango? Passionfruit? They’re all delicious.
Most popular in: Louisiana
This summery drink is often made super sweet, especially when it gets premixed and served frozen. But a classic daiquiri just has rum, citrus juice, and a bit of sugar. It’s a popular choice in Louisiana and for everyone on vacation.
Next: Gin & Tonic
12. Gin & Tonic
Most popular in: Massachusetts, Washington
Cocktails don’t get much simpler than the noble gin and tonic — and they don’t really have to. From the far east coast to the west, this classic drink is still popular no matter what trendy drinks come and go. Garnish with a lime wedge and enjoy frequently.
Next: Moscow Mule
13. Moscow Mule
Most popular in: Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York
This trendy drink shows no signs of going anywhere soon. Popular all around the country, it’s made with vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice served in a copper cup. The copper isn’t just about looks though — this type of serving vessel helps keep the beverage extra cold.
Next: Bloody Mary
14. Bloody Mary
Most popular in: Minnesota
Tomato juice and vodka are all you need for the brunch drink, though most people like to add a little cayenne or Worcestershire sauce for that signature kick. If you order one in Minnesota, you’ll be in good company.
Next: Sex on the Beach
15. Sex on the Beach
Most popular in: North Dakota, South Dakota
This is a fun one to order, right? Folks in the Dakotas might be far from the ocean, but they might still be dreaming of the beach when they order this colorful combo of vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice, and orange juice.
Next: Piña Colada
16. Piña Colada
Most popular in: New Jersey, South Carolina
If you like Piña Colada and getting caught in the rain, then you must be from New Jersey or South Carolina. This sweet and tropical cocktail is made with rum, coconut cream or coconut milk, and pineapple juice. It’s usually blended to make a boozy smoothie, but it can be served over ice, too.
Most popular in: Nevada
No word on whether they prefer shaken or stirred, but one thing’s for sure: the people of Nevada want to know how to make the perfect martini. This cocktail is comprised of gin and vermouth that’s garnished with a lemon or olive twist. It’s the ultimate sophisticated drink.
Most popular in: Rhode Island
Remember Carrie Bradshaw and crew? Rhode Island does. They’re still drinking cosmos made from vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice, and lime juice just like they did it on SATC back in the day.
Most popular in: Vermont
Vermont may be known for their craft beer scene, but when they choose cocktails, they go for a Manhattan. This old-school drink is made from whiskey, sweet vermouth, and bitters and served straight up, no ice.
Next: Old Fashioned
20. Old Fashioned
Most popular in: Wisconsin
Make an Old Fashioned by muddling sugar with bitters and adding whiskey (or brandy) and garnishing with citrus. This timeless drink is still favored in Wisconsin.
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