Carolina Cocktails: Mixing Up Drinks with Southern Sodas

We’re pretty pumped over all of the rad sodas we carry, especially some of the classics that, until now, we couldn’t get our hands on unless we were in the Carolinas. Seldom does a day go by that each of us aren’t popping open a bottle of at least one, and while they each taste amazing on their own, conjuring up a cocktail adds a new, exciting twist.


The latest issue of Imbibe Magazine featured some enticing cocktail recipes mixed up with classic southern soda pop, like Cheerwine and Blenheim Ginger Ale, and we couldn’t help but share.

Cheerwine Cocktail #1
1½ oz gin
Juice from half a small lime
6 oz Cheerwine
Ice cubes

Fill a Collins glass with ice cubes. Add gin and squeeze the lime juice into it. Toss the lime into the drink and add the Cheerwine. Stir and enjoy.

Strange Acquaintance
1½ oz blended scotch
1 oz ruby port
½ oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz fresh egg white
¼ oz fresh ginger syrup (recipe below)
1 oz Blenheim Spicy Ginger Ale
Ice cubes
Lemon twist or brandied cherry, for garnish

Add all ingredients except ginger ale in a cocktail shaker. Add three small ice cubes and shake vigorously until egg white is frothy. Pour into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with ginger ale and garnish.

To Make Ginger Syrup
Bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil. Remove from heat and add 2 to 3 slices of peeled, fresh ginger. Let steep for at least 15 minutes. Strain and chill before using.

I’ve already tried a very similar Cheerwine cocktail, which is delicious, but I can’t wait to mix up some ginger syrup and try my hand at Strange Acquaintance! Have any other interesting cocktail recipes that feature Cheerwine or Blenheim? Share them with us in the comments section below.



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