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Buzzfeed's Eugene Lee Yang and Kelsey Darragh drink every state's most iconic alcohol, although the definitions of "most" and "iconic" are frequently stretched to breaking (video; contains strong language).

Alabama: Yellow Hammer
Alaska: Duck Fart
Arizona: Tequila Sunrise
Arkansas: Razorback
California: Napa Valley Wine (not really)
Colorado: Beer
Connecticut: White Wine
Delaware: Beer
Florida: Mojito
Georgia: Scarlett O'Hara
Hawaii: Mai Tai
Idaho: Red Wine
Illinois: Jeppson's Malört
Indiana: Hoosier Heritage
Iowa: Templeton Rye (not really)
Kansas: Moose Bowl
Kentucky: Mint Julep
Louisiana: Sazerac
Maine: Allen's Coffee Brandy
Maryland: Black Eyed Susan
Massachusetts: (no drink)
Michigan: Mead (not really)
Minnesota: Bootleg Cocktail
Mississippi: Mississippi Punch
Missouri: Bud Light
Montana: Whiskey Ditch
Nebraska: Kool-Aid Caddy
Nevada: Champagne
New Hampshire: Wine ?
New Jersey: Laird's Applejack
New Mexico: Chimayó Cocktail
New York: Manhattan Cocktail
North Carolina: Cherry Bounce
North Dakota: Beer.
Ohio: Buckeye Martini
Oklahoma: (no drink)
Oregon: Beer (not really)
Pennsylvania: (no drink)
Rhode Island: Rhode Island Red
South Carolina: Sweet Tea & Bourbon
South Dakota: Beer (not really)
Tennessee: Jack & Coke
Texas: Frozen Margarita
Utah: (no drink)
Vermont: White Wine
Virginia: Moonshine
Washington: Cider
West Virginia: Moonshine
Wisconsin: Bloody Mary
Wyoming: Box Wine
posted by uncleozzy (117 comments total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
 
Montana is Everclear. Accept no substitutes.
posted by Ideefixe at 10:39 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Thanks to Malört, I am an only child. (I disowned my sister after she tricked me into drinking it.)
posted by roger ackroyd at 10:39 AM on December 12, 2017 [14 favorites]


Montana is Everclear. Accept no substitutes.

Everclear is made in St. Louis.
posted by jedicus at 10:41 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


In case you're like me and just want to skip directly to the Jeppson's Malört section, it does not disappoint.
posted by jedicus at 10:43 AM on December 12, 2017 [10 favorites]


Haha I have somehow gained a reputation for bringing bad liquor to friend's holiday parties... this year it was Malort. Went over about as well as you'd expect!

Baijiu is still the reigning champ in terms of worst liquor though.
posted by Grither at 10:48 AM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


A few years ago I went to chicago for IML (International Mr. Leather and Bootblack Contests). I wanted to do two things: touch some cute butts and drink Malort. Never has a dream been so beautiful as being served Malort in a dog bowl.
posted by munchingzombie at 10:49 AM on December 12, 2017 [21 favorites]


North Dakota - beer? I'd say the Red Eye drunk at German weddings is more iconic but yeah, beer rules in this state. It took a long time but the microbrew scene has just exploded in the last few years. So ok, I'll settle for this selection.
posted by Ber at 10:50 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Bloody Mary might be the drink in Milwaukee, but I think a brandy old fashioned might be the more Wisconsin drink.
posted by LionIndex at 10:56 AM on December 12, 2017 [14 favorites]


Wisconsin has to be a brandy old fashioned for two reasons. A of all, I am Canadian (tm) and Bloody Marys need clam juice. Putting a hamburger or bacon on one doesn't make a WI Bloody Mary good. That's just garnish. If you need a shot of cheap beer to wash down your drink, maybe think about adding some clam juice. Second of all, WI is the top drinker of brandy in the country, just for the old fashioneds. I am not alone.
posted by hydrobatidae at 10:56 AM on December 12, 2017 [10 favorites]


LionIndex and hydrobatidae* are 100% right about old fashioneds. That's why, in 2009 when there was a bitters shortage that Angosutra kept Wisconsin well supplied. Other places can run short on bitters and brandy, but in WI the spice must flow.

Also, malort is legitimately kind of enjoyable, and it is undignified to pretend that it's more horrifying than it is, like affecting misophonia.

*You don't see many petrel-heads on Metafilter.
posted by The Gaffer at 11:06 AM on December 12, 2017 [7 favorites]


I wonder what iconic Maine microbrewery or blueberry liquor they are going to choose...

Maine: Allen's Coffee Brandy

Yup, nailed it.
posted by mayonnaises at 11:09 AM on December 12, 2017 [8 favorites]


They got Texas perfectly. My grandfather has his Frozen Margarita recipe on the back of his business cards (contact card, I suppose, now that he's retired). It's measured in handles of tequila and cans of lemonade concentrate, not a single serving.

There was always a separate freezer with giant tupperware containers of frozen margaritas. Just pull out a tub, like ice cream, and quickly run a few scoops through a Waring Pro Blender.
posted by politikitty at 11:09 AM on December 12, 2017 [10 favorites]


I feel like the runner-up for Louisiana should be “giant frozen daiquiri from the drive-thru.”
posted by Huffy Puffy at 11:10 AM on December 12, 2017 [6 favorites]


Pennsylvania's should be Yuengling Lager, except that the Yuengling brewery is owned by a Trump-loving, union-busting dickhead and now I can't drink Lager with a clean conscience and I hate everything.
posted by SansPoint at 11:10 AM on December 12, 2017 [21 favorites]


That Rhode Island Red is just nonsense. The Rhode Island State drink should be just rum, preferably made from molasses brought up from Jamaica as part of the Triangle Trade.

Let’s not forget.
posted by GenjiandProust at 11:12 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


The real problem with Malört is the loooooong nasty finish. When you first take the shot, it doesn't seem like such a big deal. But then, oh then, the taste of earwax on fire begins to crest and doesn't subside for many interminable minutes.
posted by merriment at 11:18 AM on December 12, 2017 [4 favorites]


I don't know why everyone hates Malört so much. It's not nearly as bad as everyone says.
posted by anem0ne at 11:21 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


malort is legitimately kind of enjoyable, and it is undignified to pretend that it's more horrifying than it is, like affecting misophonia.

I have personally given a couple of dozen people their first experience with malört, always with a straight-faced disclaimer that it's quite bad and they likely will not enjoy it. The reaction in the video is well within the normal range that I've observed. Of those couple of dozen people, I have met only 2 who claimed to enjoy it, both of whom are known for extremely hard drinking and dubious taste.
posted by jedicus at 11:21 AM on December 12, 2017


Massachusetts should have had some Moxie based cocktail. Or hell, Sam Adams if you're gonna give MO bud light (ugh)
posted by dismas at 11:22 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


I'm pretty sure Indiana's has always been Boone's Farm. That, or MD20-20.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:25 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


That Rhode Island Red is just nonsense.

Especially considering the state drink is Coffee Brandy.
posted by munchingzombie at 11:26 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


Born Tennessean, current Louisianian, and I approve the selections for both of those states.

and I may have to move to Chicago next because Malort and I get along just fine.
posted by komara at 11:28 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Rhode Island should be frozen lemonade mixed with vodka or rum depending on preference
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:29 AM on December 12, 2017 [6 favorites]


and I may have to move to Chicago next because Malort and I get along just fine.

This feels like the time at work when we discovered that we all love sardines
posted by The Gaffer at 11:30 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


Red Eye (Wedding Schnapps)

2 cups of sugar
8 cups of boiled water
1 big bottle of Everclear
Melt sugar in heavy pan until there is carmel color
Stir constantly
Slowly add some hot water [add rest of water later]
Divide and mix 1/3 liquor (booze) to 2/3 carmel water
posted by ArgentCorvid at 11:30 AM on December 12, 2017


New York's is stupid and I reject it summarily.
posted by poffin boffin at 11:31 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


That Rhode Island Red is just nonsense. The Rhode Island State drink should be just rum, preferably made from molasses brought up from Jamaica as part of the Triangle Trade.

I thought it was mixing vodka in your Del's.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:31 AM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


I would have thought Vermont would be Heady Topper.
I'm almost the only person I know in VT that drinks white wine.
posted by MtDewd at 11:31 AM on December 12, 2017 [4 favorites]


I might have suggested Barr Hill Gin, if they insisted on a non-beer beverage. But white wine? White wine. Huh.
posted by The Nutmeg of Consolation at 11:35 AM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


Baijiu is still the reigning champ in terms of worst liquor though.

This is that helljuice you can buy in individual shot foil-wrapped shot glasses for like 2 RMB right?
posted by poffin boffin at 11:36 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Not the Cape Codder for MA?

I've also read that when U WI-M went to the Rose Bowl local bartenders ran out of brandy to make WI style old fashioneds.
posted by brujita at 11:43 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Montana is Moose Drool.
posted by CheeseDigestsAll at 11:48 AM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


Washington: Cider

The fuck?
posted by Artw at 11:51 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


TBH the entire Northwest should probably be represented by "extra-hoppy IPA".
posted by Artw at 11:52 AM on December 12, 2017 [8 favorites]


These are, of course, an affront to everything we all hold dear.

WY should be Dr. McGillicuddy's Peppermint Schnapps.
Avery is a total copout for CO; it should be either Coors or Dale's (or someone's homebrew).
VA's is classist and misrepresents the state.
MD should be Pikesville Rye.

DC really should have an entry. I vote for any two-ingredient cocktail they make you mix yourself at your table.
posted by aspersioncast at 11:52 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Georgia: Scarlett O'Hara

Our family seems to have a drink for every occasion and for my parent's anniversary it was always the Scarlett O'Hara. This apparently dates to their rehearsal dinner when my paternal grandfather enjoyed a few too many of them (this was back in the 1950's when there was only 100 proof Southern Comfort) much to my grandmother's chagrin. Unfortunately this was in Texas, so other than the name I feel no real Georgia connection there. On the other hand, the traditional potent potable for Thanksgiving (which actually falls on their wedding anniversary in some years as my parents were married in late November) in much more closely associated with Georgia: Chatham Artillery Punch. There are a number of variants of the recipe, but a quick look at the ingredients will show that they are all pretty stiff drinks and like the Scarlett O'Hara will sneak up on you if you aren't careful!
posted by TedW at 11:53 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


DC really should have an entry. I vote for any two-ingredient cocktail they make you mix yourself at your table.

You could call it the Small Plate
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 11:54 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Why does the Oregon parenthetical "Not Really" just link to the official Inversion IPA page?
posted by bassooner at 11:56 AM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


In MN, the bootleg cocktail pairs nicely with some grape salad.
posted by paper chromatographologist at 11:56 AM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


DC really should have an entry. I vote for any two-ingredient cocktail they make you mix yourself at your table.

Do places other than Stan's make you do that?

For the states I have lived in or know well (North Carolina, Illinois, Maryland, Rhode Island) this is really hit or miss. I've never heard of RI or NC at all. Illinois is spot on, and Maryland isn't a bad choice except I've never actually encountered anyone drinking one (though I've never been to the Preakness and suburban DC Maryland is a poor representative for the rest of the state).
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 11:58 AM on December 12, 2017


Finnriver, yay!
posted by humboldt32 at 12:00 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


So this one time in Vegas:
"I'd like a Korbel Old Fashioned Sweet, please."
"You from Wisconsin?"
"Yup."
"you're the only people who order brandy by brand...."
posted by Floydd at 12:01 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]



Washington: Cider

The fuck?


Y'all ain't from 'round here are ya?
posted by humboldt32 at 12:01 PM on December 12, 2017


I got a bottle of Malört right here and I agree that people tend to perform their reaction to rather than reacting earnestly and honestly. They just name one or two of the most disgusting things they can think of at that moment. This guy says "the water at the end of a garbage can." Have you really tasted garbage can water? It's comparable, you say?

Eugene actually nails it. "A sprig of every herb." That's right! Plus a couple of trees. You can definitely taste the tree.
posted by rlk at 12:02 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


“Iconic alcohol”—do they mean most affiliated with the state or made in the state or what?
posted by Ideefixe at 12:02 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Texas should be a twelve pack of Lone Star and a box of Marlboros...
posted by jim in austin at 12:04 PM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


Georgia: Scarlett O'Hara

I'm from Georgia and at times have had drinking habits best described as "reckless," but I have never had one of these nor have I ever actually seen anyone drink one.

I have no counter-drink to offer, but I will point out that any "iconic" cocktail for Georgia that does not incorporate Coke is lying to you and lying to itself.
posted by Panjandrum at 12:10 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


Huh, White Wine is about the last thing I'd think of for iconic Vermont. Even if we set aside our ridiculously high breweries per capita there is still good old hard cider. Or Maple Liqueurs if you want to conflate your stereotypes.
posted by meinvt at 12:16 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


I have no counter-drink to offer, but I will point out that any "iconic" cocktail for Georgia that does not incorporate Coke is lying to you and lying to itself.

Yeah, but what kind of Coke?
posted by anem0ne at 12:16 PM on December 12, 2017 [6 favorites]


Yeah Washington should be that weed IPA that was a thing back in 2011-2012. it’s actually pretty damn good.
posted by Annika Cicada at 12:18 PM on December 12, 2017


(I drank a lot of it I did, in Georgetown south of Seattle at a dank little arcade bar)
posted by Annika Cicada at 12:18 PM on December 12, 2017


North Carolina: Cherry Bounce? I've never even heard of that. And googling it mostly just shows me stuff about George Washington, who is famously from that snooty state above North Carolina, which somehow got assigned moonshine in our place!!
posted by showbiz_liz at 12:19 PM on December 12, 2017 [4 favorites]


On behalf of all Missourians, I am personally and deeply offended. Bud Light. It couldn't have at least been Schlafly?
posted by Kortney at 12:20 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Maine’s homegrown version of The Onion recently proposed that Allen’s Coffee Brandy-flavored potato chips would be a great idea.
posted by LeLiLo at 12:23 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


It strikes me as weird that North Carolina has a state drink called the Cherry Bounce and cheerwine isn't one of the ingredients.
posted by thecjm at 12:25 PM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


North Carolina: Cherry Bounce?

i blame outlander
posted by poffin boffin at 12:26 PM on December 12, 2017


Baijiu is still the reigning champ in terms of worst liquor though


And Baiju with a snake in it is even worse.
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 12:27 PM on December 12, 2017


Over the weekend, I made a batch of boilo with my brother. It's Pennsylvanian. It's liquor-ish.
posted by which_chick at 12:27 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


I'm sure I've mentioned this here before but up until pretty recently I thought cheerwine was red ripple, which made a whole lot of southern mefite childhood nostalgia really alarmingly weird.
posted by poffin boffin at 12:31 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


I got a bottle of Malört right here and I agree that people tend to perform their reaction to rather than reacting earnestly and honestly. They just name one or two of the most disgusting things they can think of at that moment. This guy says "the water at the end of a garbage can." Have you really tasted garbage can water? It's comparable, you say?

Eugene actually nails it. "A sprig of every herb." That's right! Plus a couple of trees. You can definitely taste the tree.


Yeah, it's not gross in the way that trash is, it's just very bitter and very herbal in a way that lingers in the mouth for an incredibly long time. Sometimes when I'm feeling florid, I'll compare it to a bouquet left beside a grave or something, but people love to compare it to extremely gross things that ultimately have very little to do with the actual taste.
posted by Copronymus at 12:32 PM on December 12, 2017


Texas should be a twelve pack of Lone Star and a box of Marlboros...

Agreed. A twelve pack of Lone Star tall boys.
posted by aka burlap at 12:36 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Yeah, but what kind of Coke?

Good question, since a "coke" in Georgia basically encompasses everything from good ole Coke Classic to Diet Fresca. From my own experience, I recommend just getting slammed on southern comfort shots chased with Sweetwater 420 and then stumbling over to the World of Coke. It has all you can drink free samples at the end of the tour!
posted by Panjandrum at 12:36 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Yeah, white wine is a terrible choice for Vermont. It's a New England IPA or a black IPA for sure. I'd accept cider or maple something as meinvt suggests too, but white wine is bonkers.

Allen's Coffee Brandy for Maine is spot-on though.
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 12:38 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


I mean, you can buy alcohol on Sundays in Massachusetts now, and you have been able to do so for at least a decade, so I'm not sure why not being able to have happy hours (especially since bars just offer the same level of deep discounts on appetizers instead) flags us as a bunch of temperance crusaders.

Anyway, the iconic alcohol drink of Massachusetts is obviously Bud Light puked up on Newbury St after a Sox game.
posted by tobascodagama at 12:39 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


I'm a member of the kind-of-likes-Malört club! I think it kind of tastes like bitter dirt, but in an enjoyable way. It definitely has an earthy quality alongside the plant-y and bitter flavors.
posted by aka burlap at 12:39 PM on December 12, 2017


Ah yes, Mippippism.
posted by Emily's Fist at 12:55 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


As a Californian, all I can do is roll my eyes and sigh deeply.
posted by elsietheeel at 12:57 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


I really like Malört. I think a lot of the reaction is from people who don't like bitter things and have never tried bitter alcohol. There's nothing about it that's inherently more challenging to the palate than e.g. Cynar.
posted by aspersioncast at 1:04 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


Pennsylvania: (no drink)

Christ, the laws are weird here but it's not that hard to find a drink.
posted by octothorpe at 1:09 PM on December 12, 2017 [6 favorites]


Nthing Brandy Old Fashioned for Wisconsin. I don't understand why this drink isn't more popular outside of Wisconsin. It's delicious. Everyone that's had one of mine has enjoyed it.
posted by TrialByMedia at 1:14 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


Wisconsin has to be a brandy old fashioned for two reasons

I just wanted to reiterate how frustrating this was. One of the first things you learn moving to Milwaukee and going to a bar is that there is a whole world of old fashioneds here. Sweet, sour, brandy/whiskey the list goes on. It's really the only place I've ever heard of these weird old fashioneds. A Bloody Mary? Wasn't that invented at the 21 Club? I guess at least it's catholic-adjacent. I did apperciate the Malort for Illinois though.
posted by dis_integration at 1:15 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


on a serious note I appreciate how perfectly edited this video is. I watched and enjoyed all 25 minutes. I'll have to check out their other stuff.
posted by Emily's Fist at 1:15 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


FTFA:
We bring you the Rhode Island Red Cocktail in Rhode Island.

Vincenzo Marianella founded this tasty cocktail while working at the Providence in LA, hence the connection to Rhode Island.
I am a transplant to Rhodey, but I feel I must stand and say, "THE FUCK? A guy in Los ANGELES?" That is no kind of a "connection," sir, which is a word positively freighted with meaning in Rhode Island (“The toe you stepped on yesterday may be connected to the ass you have to kiss today.”).
posted by wenestvedt at 1:18 PM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


Yeah, Pennsylvania's state drink is, like, "as many as possible."
posted by grumpybear69 at 1:25 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


no - michigan is stroh's, damn it - and not the stuff they sell in the cheap cans but the bottles that are labeled "bohemian style pilsner" - these came out a year or so ago and are the classic formula i remember from the 70s

(yes, i know about bell's and founder's - i have some in my fridge right now - along with stroh's ...)
posted by pyramid termite at 1:29 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


which somehow got assigned moonshine in our place!!

I would have gone with "Budweiser long necks you drink in a pickup truck" for NC, but yours makes us seem more interesting, definitely.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 1:30 PM on December 12, 2017


If he had done this all at once it would have just been a variety of long island ice tea.
posted by srboisvert at 1:36 PM on December 12, 2017


I kinda expecting Washington's to be Red Beer
posted by OHenryPacey at 1:50 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


(I just realised that I said "Newbury" up above where I actually meant "Landsdowne".)
posted by tobascodagama at 1:51 PM on December 12, 2017


which somehow got assigned moonshine in our place!!

I would have added Tennessee to the list of moonshine states as well; as the song says:
"Corn won't grow at all on Rocky Top
Dirt's too rocky by far
That's why all the folks on Rocky Top
Get their corn from a jar"
posted by TedW at 1:57 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Good question, since a "coke" in Georgia basically encompasses everything from good ole Coke Classic to Diet Fresca. From my own experience, I recommend just getting slammed on southern comfort shots chased with Sweetwater 420 and then stumbling over to the World of Coke. It has all you can drink free samples at the end of the tour!

I don't think Fresca ever had a diet version--wasn't it always a diet soda from the get go? And my experience has been that "Coke" in Atlanta is just any fizzy coke, like Classic, or Cherry, or RC, or Cheerwine.

SoCo + any beer + World of Coke sounds like a good time, though, who wants to put this in IRL?
posted by anem0ne at 2:01 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Laird's Applejack sounds pretty nice. Shame it's nearly seventy bucks a bottle over here.

I really thought New York would be a Long Island Iced Tea. Shows what I know!
posted by turbid dahlia at 2:08 PM on December 12, 2017


Washington as cider makes sense -- the industry has exploded in the state despite having a lot of a certain non-cider apple.

Oklahoma, though... come on, the brewing industry there is bustling, having knocked down most every anti-brewing, anti-sales law in the last 20 years. And the Prairie Bomb is a 13% imperial monster.
posted by dw at 2:09 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Massachusetts should have had some Moxie based cocktail.

Came here to say exactly this. It's even been mixed with malort.
posted by mykescipark at 2:15 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Massachusetts should have had some Moxie based cocktail.

Whatever. Massachusetts' drink is a fuckin two liter of Purple Passion that Chris Sullivan's brother brought back from uMass. We're gonna make a fire in the woods behind the hockey rink out 109 past Cumby's and drink that, and then go to Bucka's house and see if his sister can sell us any bones.
posted by dirtdirt at 2:31 PM on December 12, 2017 [12 favorites]


Utah: (no drink)

And no beverage at all! (list of state beverages, which are mostly "milk," plus some soda-pop and juices, while Alabama has Conecuh Ridge Whiskey as designated in 2004, Virginia got Rye Whiskey this year to celebrate George Washington's "whiskey making prowess," and D.C. has The Rickey as of 2011)


New Mexico: Chimayó Cocktail

Nice, a proper local drink!

If you want more lists of possible state drinks, Buzzfeed had a list of states' signature cocktails back in 2014, and Spoon University offered their unofficial list in 2015, which included some beers.
posted by filthy light thief at 2:38 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


I am a transplant to Rhodey, but I feel I must stand and say, "THE FUCK? A guy in Los ANGELES?"

Former transplant here, who agrees. This seems like the kind of guy who would buy the picante sauce they make in New York City.
posted by Huffy Puffy at 2:38 PM on December 12, 2017 [4 favorites]


Yeah, but what kind of Coke?

Beverly. Served to an unsuspecting guest at The World of Coke. It's the malort of the Bible Belt.
posted by 1f2frfbf at 2:38 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


NEW YORK CITY?
posted by The Gaffer at 2:39 PM on December 12, 2017 [6 favorites]


Utah: (no drink)
Utah makes some pretty good beer given the constraints of state law.
posted by munchingzombie at 2:56 PM on December 12, 2017


Since I moved to Florida I am having trouble finding a restaurant bar that has the makings of a Manhattan. I believe it's a conspiracy to make me drink Mojitos. And that ain't happening.
posted by Splunge at 3:15 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


How do you have a bar and not stock bitters or vermouth?
posted by elsietheeel at 3:23 PM on December 12, 2017 [5 favorites]


The owners of LA's Providence are from New England.
posted by brujita at 3:49 PM on December 12, 2017


States where I have lived for over a decade:
Michigan: Mead is ridiculous. When you are fishing, you are not sipping a mead. You are drinking a beer.
Maryland: That cocktail does not actually exist. When you are eating crabs, you are drinking a beer.
New York: You are drinking Txakoli at an overpriced Basque restaurant.
posted by acrasis at 3:50 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


How do you have a bar and not stock bitters or vermouth?

Exactly. As well as rye whiskey. I can have it with bourbon too. But then they are missing something else. Go figure.
posted by Splunge at 3:56 PM on December 12, 2017


Connecticut: Hosmer Mountain Red and fermented Nauga
posted by zippy at 4:07 PM on December 12, 2017


California... Well, WHICH part of California? I always associate San Francisco with Irish Coffees or Fernet Branca, for example.

Oregon is complicated. Depending on the hour and the prevailing winds, I can think of a bunch of candidates.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 4:17 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


I’m from South Carolina and have lived in Georgia for 25 years. I have never in my life heard someone use ‘coke’ as a generic term for soda. Never. I have only heard northerners and fake hillbillies talk about people doing that.

The proper 2017 Georgia cocktail would be a Bitter Southerner, hands down.
posted by rock swoon has no past at 4:30 PM on December 12, 2017


Have lived in RI for nearly 20 years now, and have never heard of the Rhode Island Red cocktail. I'm surprised it's not a can of Narragansett, though. It's being made in RI again, after a long sojourn.
posted by fancyoats at 4:38 PM on December 12, 2017 [4 favorites]


Since I moved to Florida I am having trouble finding a restaurant bar that has the makings of a Manhattan. I believe it's a conspiracy to make me drink Mojitos.

The state is genuinely too fucking humid for whiskey cocktails, IMO. At least, the only cocktail I can tolerate in that weather is a gin & tonic. (Rum & coke is conceptually sound, but personally I can't stand that much sugar in my drinks.)
posted by tobascodagama at 4:40 PM on December 12, 2017


The "racy sex comments from attractive lady comedian" genre seem kinda played out by now
posted by naju at 4:41 PM on December 12, 2017


Massachusetts became famous for seriously bad decisions about alcohol which is what causes the blue laws to be implemented in the way they were.

It used to be that there were happy hours in MA, but bars ran contests like "beat the clock" where drink prices went up as time progressed (And they wouldn't serve you unless you were finished with your order) which resulted in people going into a bar early, drinking as quickly as they could and then killing a few people on their ride home.

So yeah no drinking games and no designated happy hour as a result. No drink specials, no comping drinks, no drink coupons. MA went to its puritanical roots.
posted by Nanukthedog at 5:16 PM on December 12, 2017 [3 favorites]


I’m from South Carolina and have lived in Georgia for 25 years. I have never in my life heard someone use ‘coke’ as a generic term for soda. Never. I have only heard northerners and fake hillbillies talk about people doing that.

Wild. I grew up in central florida and lived in Atlanta for 5 years. I definitely grew up saying "Coke" as a generic term for soda, and still do.
posted by dis_integration at 5:34 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


The proper 2017 Georgia cocktail would be a Bitter Southerner, hands down.

Which one? Be specific.

Just kidding, they're all good choices.

And this SEUSian has used "coke" to mean anything bubbly and non-alcoholic. The real old-school hillbillies are the ones who call carbonated soda "dope."
posted by 1f2frfbf at 5:44 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Red wine? That ain't it.

Idaho's should be famous potato vodka.

And the one thing I fondly remember from Pennsylvania is drinking Rolling Rock beer.
posted by BlueHorse at 5:48 PM on December 12, 2017 [2 favorites]


I’m from South Carolina and have lived in Georgia for 25 years. I have never in my life heard someone use ‘coke’ as a generic term for soda. Never.

I was born and raised in the Atlanta area and lived there until I was 18; I visit multiple times every year and regularly hear "coke" used as a generic term for soda.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯
posted by anem0ne at 6:22 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


Missouri's choice is terrible. I know people still drink Bud Light, but it seems like their ranks are diminishing in light of what AB InBev did to everyone here. So many rounds of layoffs. The advertising industry here was decimated. The brewers all went on to found craft breweries. I think a lot of people would pick Schlafly, 4 Hands, Boulevard, even Kräftig...any of those any day over a Bud. The Show-Me State isn't really about anyone who doesn't show us respect, feckless local leadership aside.
posted by limeonaire at 7:10 PM on December 12, 2017


MA went to its puritanical roots.

Except for the whole thing where people still get pissed here on a regular basis. And the things you're describing that got banned sound genuinely terrible, not to mention emblematic of exactly the kind of corporate recklessness that demands government regulation.

But no, no, it must be that Massachusetts is just a bunch of Puritan busybodies.
posted by tobascodagama at 7:55 PM on December 12, 2017 [1 favorite]


I visit multiple times every year and regularly hear "coke" used as a generic term for soda.

I think people misunderstand this. It may used to have been (a long time ago) that if a waiter asked you want you want to drink and you said "Coke" and she said "What kind?" but it's not like that anymore. It's more like "There will be drinks served, cokes, tea, juice, water" or "I'm going to get a coke at the concession stand". It's legitimately used when there will be multiple brands of soda and the specific brand hasn't been chosen yet. But in 2017 if you tell a waitress you want coke you are getting Coke. If she's nice, you might ask if you want diet. If she says "We only serve Pepsi", most Coke fanatics get up and leave or change to water.
posted by The_Vegetables at 7:30 AM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]


So, Alaska is Duck Farts? As in the shot that is named after the Oregon Ducks? Yeah, no. Did these people hang out in a bar in AK for an evening and someone was buying Duck Farts all night, so they decided it must be the state drink? If you have to name a shot I would have to say Fireball or Jameson, but really it's all over the place drinks-wise. Heck, considering the consumption habits of my little town I would have to say, uh, anything with alcohol content.
posted by Belle O'Cosity at 10:07 AM on December 13, 2017


What's all this talk about Massachusetts getting Moxie?! If any state gets Moxie, it's Maine. Moxie was created in Maine, the Moxie Festival is in Maine, and Moxie is the official soft drink of the state of Maine.
posted by The Man from Lardfork at 10:53 AM on December 13, 2017 [2 favorites]


when I was in Charleston for a year and a half ending in 2001, "What kind of coke do y'all want with that" was standard usage in fast food places.
posted by ArgentCorvid at 11:13 AM on December 13, 2017


DC really should have an entry. I vote for any two-ingredient cocktail they make you mix yourself at your table.

Hey now! We have a cocktail. It's the gin rickey, and it's delicious.
posted by capricorn at 1:26 PM on December 13, 2017 [2 favorites]


DC is also allegedly the home of the mint julep
posted by dis_integration at 1:46 PM on December 13, 2017


I’m from South Carolina and have lived in Georgia for 25 years. I have never in my life heard someone use ‘coke’ as a generic term for soda. Never. I have only heard northerners and fake hillbillies talk about people doing that.

I'm from NC and lived in GA for 8 years and I have heard both family and servers refer to any soda as "coke." "What kind of coke do you have/want?"
posted by thecjm at 4:26 PM on December 13, 2017 [1 favorite]


Connecticut: Hosmer Mountain Red and fermented Nauga

Would that be fermented Naugahyde? You lie, sir.
posted by Bella Donna at 11:45 AM on December 14, 2017


Missouri's choice is terrible.

Last I checked, by volume Bud Light is actually the most consumed beer in nearly every state. So they really could have just had 50 Bud Lights and passed out in the quad.
posted by aspersioncast at 5:10 AM on December 18, 2017 [3 favorites]


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