Traditional Southern Cocktails

Whether you are sipping bourbon while sitting next to a roaring fire, or drinking a chilled summertime mint julep on the front porch, there’s nothing like a great southern cocktail. 

For those who want to give some of these a try at home, we have got a few great Southern cocktail recipes you can whip right up in your own kitchen. These are perfect for serving to friends at a backyard barbecue, or to enjoy while relaxing on the couch binging on your favorite show. We have just what you are looking for along with some cocktail background about just why these southern drinks are so loved.  

Mint Julep

Generally, it is believed the Mint Julep originated in Virginia, during the 18th century. In 1938, the Mint Julep was named the official drink of The Kentucky Derby and remains a popular southern cocktail. The drink is typically made with fresh mint, here’s a great recipe you can make and savor, at home – Southern style.  

Mint Julep Ingredients:

12 Fresh mint leaves, plus a sprig reserved for garnish

2 teaspoons of fine sugar

Sparkling water

Crushed ice

3 ounces of Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey 



Sprinkle the sugar into an old fashioned cocktail glass, and then add the fresh mint leaves.

Muddle them together, until they are well married. Then, pour in a bit of sparkling water, add some crushed ice, and top with the bourbon. Garnish with a fresh sprig of mint and serve. Cheers! 



By the actual 2008 legislation (Yes, really, legislation), the Sazerac became the official cocktail of New Orleans. In the 19th Century, this drink was first served to Freemasons at Antoine Psychsuds pharmacy. 

Sazerac Ingredients: 

3 ounces of rye whiskey 

1 sugar cube (more, if preferred) 

2 dashes of Peychaud bitters

1 dash of Angostura bitters

Fresh lemon twist, for garnish 



Take an Old Fashioned cocktail glass, and mix together just a couple drops of water with the sugar cube. Then, add some ice cubes, followed by the rye whiskey, and both varieties of bitters. Stir, until it’s well mixed. Garnish with a fresh twist of lemon, and serve! Delicious! 

The Hurricane

In 1930, this Southern cocktail became popular via Pat O’Brien in his New Orleans Bar. He used rum because, during WW2, it was difficult to obtain whiskey. It’s often served at Mardi Gras and was originally given its name by the hurricane glass that’s used to serve it. 

Hurricane Ingredients: 

2 ½ ounces of white rum

2 ½ ounces of dark rum

2 ½ ounces of passion fruit juice

1 ounce of orange juice

1/2 ounce of grenadine

1/2 ounce of simple syrup (store-bought, or homemade)

1/2 medium lime, freshly squeezed 

A fresh orange slice, or a maraschino cherry – for garnish



This one is super simple. Just add all the ingredients into a shaker filled with ice. 

Shake thoroughly, strain, and pour into a Hurricane cocktail glass that’s been filled with ice. 

Garnish with the fresh orange slices or the cherries. Serve and enjoy! 

At Root and Bone, we serve the best southern food in Miami with an artistic flair. You will find chef-inspired dishes that absolutely exude culinary creativity. Try our popular Shrimp and Grits, or our delicious Duck Pot Pie.  And you will be happy to know, we now have takeout, with curbside service. You’ll find us located in Miami at 5958 South Dixie Highway.  For take out orders, please call 786.785.1001. And for menu details, please check out our website.