This Fourth of July, don’t just toast the birth of the nation with any old cocktail. Do it with an iconic American invention. Here, seven delicious drinks that are American to the core.
The stiff mix of rye whiskey or, as it was originally made, Cognac, Peychaud’s bitters, sugar and absinthe is the official cocktail of New Orleans. It was first created at the Sazerac Coffee House in the mid 1800s.
The history of the Mint Julep is murky, but what we do know is that it originated in the South sometime in the 1700s and gained massive popularity in 1938 when it first became the signature drink of the Kentucky Derby. Fun fact: Juleps used to be drunk as breakfast beverages because they were believed to protect farmers against malaria.