The first bloody mary was mixed at the St. Regis in NYC. Mojitos were invented by Cuban sailors. And apparently Mai Tais were first enjoyed in the tropical paradise of Oakland, CA.
Unfortunately, some cities aren’t lucky enough to have a hometown drink. To help fill this need, we’ve concocted some cocktails for several identity-starved cities. After all, it’s holiday party season, and every city deserves a reason to say cheers. Whether you hail from these cities or not, you can celebrate by toasting with these unique traditions-to-be.
Wondering how we picked these cities? Well it’s funalytics my friend! We wanted to find the thirstiest cities in America, ones who would really appreciate our cocktail chemistry. So we looked at sales data from our popular Whiskey Stones and Bike Chain Bottle Opener. We figured that if a city was buying up whiskey stones at a faster rate, they would probably love our amateur mixology skills.
Here’s a toast to the thirstiest cities in America. Join us in raising a glass, won’t you?
DUMBO BUBBLY – ORLANDO, FL
(image courtesy of Disneyland Bronze-Dumbo and Timothy Q. Mouse; Denise Cross)
Remember when Dumbo got drunk with Timothy Mouse? Here’s a Disney-inspired punch that will have you hiccuping and seeing everyone through a rose-colored glass.
– 2 bottles of champagne, chilled.
– 4 oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
– 1 cup passion fruit juice
– 2 blood oranges, juiced
Mix ingredients in punchbowl. Serves 8.
FROSTY THE SLUGGER – LOUISVILLE, KY
(image courtesy of Baseball on a Mailbox; Noah Sussman)
Iced and peanut-flavored, it’s equal parts snow balls and ball park.
– 6 oz. coffee liqueur (Kahlua)
– 12 oz. milk
– 4 scoops vanilla ice cream
– 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
– Club soda
Blend liqueur, milk, ice cream and peanut butter until smooth. Pour and top with splash of club soda. Serves 4.
GOVERNMENT GRADE EGG NOG – ARLINGTON, VA
(image courtesy of the nog, the stache or the sweater?; metropolitician)
This ‘nog could be considered a weapon of mass deliciousness- thick, creamy and not intended for civilians.
– 12 egg yolks
– 12 egg whites
– 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
– 1 quart brandy
– 1 pint rum
– 1 gallon heavy cream
– 1 cup powdered sugar
In an extra large mixing bowl, beat yolks until lemon colored. Add sugar and beat until creamy. Add brandy and rum, alternating between the two. Mix well. Stir in 3/4 gallon heavy cream. In a separate bowl, lightly beat 6 egg whites and then fold into the large bowl mixture. Reuse bowl to beat remaining whites until very stiff, and add powdered sugar and rest of heavy cream. Fold remaining egg white mixture into eggnog mix. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Serves 12.
COLUMBUS WASSAILING CIDER– COLUMBUS, OH
(image courtesy of Christopher Columbus; Conspiracy of Happiness)
Columbus wassailing, and now he’s not.
– 2 quarts apple cider
– 1 1/2 cups orange juice
– 3/4 cup pineapple juice
– 1 tablespoon brown sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
– 2 cinnamon sticks (3 ins)
– dash ground cinnamon
– dash ground cloves
In a large saucepan, combine all of the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 mins. Remove cinnamon sticks. Serve pioneering carolers in blue vessels for a mariner feel. Serves 10.
SWELTERING SANTA – PHOENIX, AZ
(image courtesy of Arizona Christmas; Kevin. Cochran)
A festive, frozen margarita to get you in the (slightly sweaty) spirit.
– 6 oz. white tequila
– 6 oz. Triple Sec
– 8 oz. cranberry juice
– 6 oz. lime juice
– 6 oz. sour mix
– 8 cups ice
Mix ingredients in blender until smooth. Serve in a coupe glass. Serves 4.