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, including Tennessee, 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.
Tennessee: Jack Daniel’s
If there’s one thing Tennessee does well, it’s whiskey. Lynchburg is home to the world-famous Jack Daniel distillery. Whether you’re crafting a cocktail, mixing it with classic Coke, or sipping it on the rocks, you’re right at home if you’re drinking Jack in Tennessee.
Continue reading to see other signature drinks in your region.
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.
Arkansas: Arkansas razorback
Go Hogs! is the rallying cry for the beloved University of Arkansas Razorbacks’ football team. It’s also the rallying cry for the eponymous state beverage. Made with raspberries, fruit punch, and turbinado sugar, it’s sure to fill you with team spirit, so to speak.