Deep South USA – The Cocktail Trail
Mint Julep - Monmouth Historic Inn, Natchez

Deep South USA – The Cocktail Trail

The 1800s were heady days for drinking in the US, but especially in the South, where (some say) one of America’s first cocktails – Sazerac – was invented.  America’s only native spirit was also created in the Deep South:  Bourbon, made from the corn that was prolific in Kentucky.  To be authentic, it must be: made in the US; have at least 51 percent corn mash and aged in charred oak barrels.  A few decades later in 1920, prohibition came into effect – manufacture, sale, transport, import and export of liquor was all illegal, giving rise to the illicit manufacture and trade of alcohol.  Moonshine (un-aged corn mash whisky) was prolific – named in tribute to its clandestine manufacture at night.  Prohibition may have made liquor illegal, but spirits flowed freely in the back alleys and countrysides of America. Many of the best cocktails were created in those days and survived the dry years.  These days there is a growing appreciation for the traditional cocktails of the Deep South.  Here are my absolute favourites, where best to enjoy them and recipes for re-creating them when you get back home*.  Sampling them all will take you on a winding course along the banks of the mighty  Mississippi River all the way from New Orleans to Nashville, discovering the fascinating history, toe tapping  music and all the fun that this vibrant region has to offer along the way.  It is for sure one of the USA’s best road trips.  Are you ready?   “Cheers!”

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Graceland Memphis - The famous jungle room

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