I was just discussing a trip to a holiday pop-up bar when this study from our friends at Tasting Table, came through my email about each state’s favorite holiday cocktail. With social media playing such an integral role in our society these days holiday-themed bars (and the content they can produce) are ever growing in popularity. I tried to go to one a few weeks ago but there was a two-hour wait on a Friday night. But did hop to one we were able to get in. There I enjoyed two different cocktails including a tropical version of an aperol spritz, as well as a holiday mezcal-based margarita.
With these types of places dominating the scene, there are certainly numerous creative holiday cocktails to try. And as much as I’d like I can’t try them all. At home, my go-to favorite holiday cocktail is your basic egg nog, though I also love some spiked hot cider. Or a cranberry mule. But no drink I’ve referenced yet took the title of North Carolina’s favorite holiday cocktail. And actually, it was one I had never heard of!
Nationwide the top choice was a Poinsettia Cocktail, another drink I’m not familiar with. But North Carolina chose a different holiday cocktail for its holiday spirit. NC’s libation of choice? A Coquito. This sounds like something I am not familiar with, but should be. According to Tasting Table, the coquito is a “creamy, coconut-y rum concoction topped with cinnamon and nutmeg.” Umm yes please I’d like to try now!
I’m letting all of these serve as inspiration for my holidays (though on Christmas my family tends to stick with wine). Keep reading to see NC’s top 6 most popular holiday cocktails. Including those that I am more familiar with. Thanks to our friends at Tasting Table for sharing their research with us. You can read their full study here.