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A Tour of America’s Beloved Regional Cocktails

June 22, 2021

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

Cocktails

A Tour of America’s Beloved Regional Cocktails

June 22, 2021

Story: Punch Staff

photo: Lizzie Munro

A look at the drinks that have become regional obsessions—from Maryland’s Orange Crush to West Texas’ Ranch Water.

Only a few states, cities or regions across the country can lay claim to an original cocktail all their own. Washington, D.C. has the Rickey; New Orleans has its very own cottage industry of homegrown classics, from the Ramos Gin Fizz to the Sazerac; and, of course, New York has the Manhattan. But there’s also a canon more esoteric drinks that have grown up over the past several decades to become local obsessions, from Maryland’s Orange Crush to the dive-bar drink known in the Upper Midwest as the “Beertini.”

Here’s a tour of some of our favorites.

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