Southern Drinks Recipes

Find recipes for signature Southern drinks, including sweet tea, mint julep, bourbon drinks, sazerac cocktails, and the classic hurricane.

Staff Picks

Grilled Peach Bourbon Smash

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
Peaches are incredibly delicious, especially caramelized on the grill and muddled with your favorite bourbon, grilled lemon, and mint. Strain over ice, make a toast to good times, and enjoy this totally smashing summer refreshment with a good friend.

Sweet Lime Iced Tea

Rating: 4.5 stars 104
What's more Southern than sweet iced tea? I've lived in Florida all my life, yet I'm not a huge fan of the overly sweet iced tea that is popular here in the South. My grandma has made this version for as long as I can remember and it is the BEST!! Not too sweet, and not too bitter...and the fresh lime juice --- amazing!!!

Easy Cajun Bloody Mary

Rating: 4 stars 6
This is a no-frills, bare-bones recipe created during hurricane season one year when we didn't have all of the traditional ingredients, such as the celery stalk or olives. We all loved it, and it's been our go-to recipe since. It's spicy and strong, just like us Southern women.

Alcohol-Free Mint Julep

Rating: 4.5 stars 31
An alcohol FREE mint julep for you non-drinkers out there.... now you don't have to drink water and can enjoy the classic mint julep with a slight twist while watching the Kentucky Derby!

Hurricane Jessica

Rating: 5 stars 2
Fruity, sweet, a bit of tang and a whole lot of 'another one of these please!'

Hilton Head Iced Tea

Rating: 5 stars 2
Similar to Long Island iced tea, but with a mule kick. Great for hot and humid days.n If you are the cook, save yours for after the biscuits come out of the oven or the steaks off the grill.

Mint Julep Iced Tea

Rating: 4.5 stars 9
Grandma's mint julep iced tea recipe is a fabulous summertime drink.

Smooth Sweet Tea

Rating: 5 stars 1486
Refreshingly cold, classic Southern sweet tea, perfect for hot summer days!
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The Real Rum Runner

Rating: 5 stars 4
Tropical cocktail made with fruit juice, banana liquor, rum, and grenadine.

Good Ol' Alabama Sweet Tea

Rating: 4.5 stars 178
This sweet tea is found in houses, churches, and cafes all over the great state of Alabama. If you're north of the Mason-Dixon, you've NEVER had tea this good! Fresh-squeezed lemon, lime, or orange juice can be added for an extra flavor.

Mint Juleps

Rating: 4.5 stars 78
Sit on the front porch in your rocking chair on a sultry afternoon and sip on one or two of these. The proper way to serve a mint julep is in a frozen silver goblet, but you can use glasses instead - just use the most elegant ones you have! You can make the syrup ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for whenever the julep mood strikes you.

Sex with an Alligator

Rating: 4 stars 8
Sex with an alligator contains coconut rum, melon liquor, pineapple juice, raspberry liquor, and Jagermeister. It's sweet and satisfying!

Inspiration and Ideas

Homemade Peach Tea
Rating: Unrated 4
This delicious peach iced tea tastes eerily similar to a famous Italian chain restaurant's peach tea. Serve tea over ice and garnish with peach slices, if desired.
Don's Simple Sweet Tea
Rating: Unrated 13
A simple sweet tea recipe that anyone can do.
Hurricane I
Rating: 4.5 stars 75

Super tropical drink that needs to be served in a hurricane glass!