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

Tequila sunrise

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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

Mint julep

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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!

Next: Mojito

3. Mojito

emonade mojito

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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.

Next: Mimosa

4. Mimosa

Homemade Refreshing Orange Mimosa Cocktails with Champaigne

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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.

Next: Paloma

5. Paloma

Paloma cocktail

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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

Boozy Long Island Iced Tea with a Lemon Garnish

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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

Tom Collins

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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

Homemade Mai Tai Cocktail with Pineapple Cherry and Rum

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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

Homemade Whiskey Sour Cocktail Drink with a Cherry Lemon

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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.

Next: Margarita

10. Margarita

Homemade classic margarita

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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.

Next: Daiquiri

11. Daiquiri

Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri with shallow focus

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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

Gin and tonic

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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

Moscow mule cocktail in copper cup with lime, ginger beer, vodka and mint garnish

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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

Bloody mary

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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

Sex on the Beach

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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

Pina Colada

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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.

Next: Martini

17. Martini


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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.

Next: Cosmopolitan

18. Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan Martini

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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.

Next: Manhattan

19. Manhattan

Manhattan cocktail with whiskey.

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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

Old fashioned cocktail

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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.

Read more: Classic American Cocktails You Absolutely Need to Try

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