When you think of Southern cocktails, you probably envision the Mint Julep, Sazerac, and Old Fashioned. And while they’re famous for a reason, they’re not the only boozy beverages coming out of the meridional states. Contemporary takes on the classics are quickly securing their place in the history, err cocktail, books. Here, your guide to the new school, Southern-inspired libations to sip this spring.
Grapefruit Gin Fizz
Looking for a lighter version of the beloved Ramos Gin Fizz? Try this fizzy, frothy grapefruit cocktail, sans cream.
Clementine Bourbon Slush
This sweet, boozy adult slushy blends bourbon, clementine juice, ginger beer, and apple cider into a tasty treat. If cider feels a little fall-ish, simply double up on the clementine juice.
Mint Lime Southern Sweet Tea
Sweet tea is a Southern staple. Looking to cut down on sugar? Try this refresher, made with green tea, lime, and mint. While not technically a cocktail, all you need is a splash of vodka to make this a twisted tea.
Blackberry Mint Julep
Gearing up for the Kentucky Derby? Try this berry-fied mint julep. Pour yourself a tall glass and cheer on your favorite ponies.
If Pimm’s Cup and spicy lemonade had a baby, it would be this—herbaceous but with a kick, courtesy of a dash (or two) of Tabasco.
Pomegranate Maple Bourbon Smash
We love this punchy pomegranate and maple bourbon beverage from the holidays all the way through spring and summer. Mint, citrus, and sparkling water give it a fresh, fizzy finish.
Sparkling Vanilla-Peach Mojito
Who doesn’t love a mojito? Fresh peaches and homemade vanilla bean simple syrup take this sweet, sparkling libation to the next level.
Rhubarb Old Fashioned
Did you know that the Old Fashioned originated in the South? Pay homage to the OG with this tangy twist—perfect for sipping on a warm, late-spring afternoon.
Blueberry Honey Bee Cocktail
We’re buzzing over this delightful drink. Lemon juice livens up the deliciously sweet duo of honey and blueberries.