From party songs to country blues, alcohol has influenced country music in more ways than you could count.
Sure, some say there's too much talk of drinking. However, there's no denying country music jams always bring on a good time. They take you from front porches sipping on bourbon to beach parties and ice cold beers. Southern tunes take you back to the dark places where drinks were poured alone, all the way to the thankful times when you shared good memories with family and loved ones.
So, it's undeniable alcohol and country music or two friends that will be in a relationship for years to come. With that being said, here are some cocktails inspired by some of country music's best moments. Pump up your favorite tunes, sit back, relax and sip on these classic country-themed adult beverages.
You're sure to love them if you don't already.
You can't help but think of Jimmy Buffett when you're drinking a margarita. Every time he comes on you're taken to a beachfront view with a drink in hand. You can get creative with this classic cocktail or keep it basic. Either way, it's one that never gets old and belongs on your favorites list.
- 150 ml fresh lime juice (4-6 limes)
- 175 ml decent tequila
- 75 ml Cointreau or other good orange liqueur
- 50 ml light agave nectar, or to taste
- kosher salt for rim, optional
The Scarlet O'Hara
The theme of this cocktail is sweet southern comfort. It'll take you to a rocking chair out in the country with Buddy Jewel favorites serenading you in the background. This is a great cocktail to sit back and sip while listening to great country. It's tangy and delicious.
- 2 ounces Southern Comfort
- 4 ounces cranberry juice
- 1 teaspoon lime juice
- Lime wheel, to garnish
Blushing Whiskey Sour
You can't talk about country music without talking about whiskey. Whether it gets the party started, or takes you to late nights drinking alone this spirit sneaks its way into the conversation. Be careful- this tangy cocktail will make you blush.
- 3 Blackberries
- 2 Ounces Simple Lemon Syrup
- 1 Ounce Bushmills Irish Whiskey
- Crushed Ice
It wouldn't be right if beer wasn't tied into one of these cocktails somehow. Beer is of course the ultimate southern staple when it comes to almost every country hit on the radio. So, turn on Zac Brown Band, and let them take you to the beach with a cold one. You can even experiment a little with this drink by using different juices.
- 2 ounces good quality Vodka
- 6 ounces ginger beer
- 1 lime, juiced
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- Fresh mint
Red Wine Sangria
Who doesn't love Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine" classic?
This cocktail is inspired by that young love favorite. The great thing about sangria is you can get creative with the fruit you use. If you want more citrus, add a little more orange. If you're looking for a sweeter berry taste then throw in some fresh blackberries or strawberries.
Most importantly, relax and enjoy.
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 1/2 cup fresh orange juice (~3 oranges)
- 1 bottle Rioja wine
- 1/4 cup Monk Fruit In The Raw (Bakers Bag)
- 1 apple, cored and sliced
- 1 orange, thinly sliced and quartered
- 1 lemon, thinly sliced
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- Club soda