Southern Comfort, popularly known as SoCo, was concocted by an Irish bartender in New Orleans in 1874. He used bourbon as the base and added various spices, such as vanilla, cinnamon sticks and cloves, as well as lemon, orange and honey, to improve on the whiskey's flavour. Southern Comfort's sweetness makes it a natural choice for mixing with juices to create delicious cocktails.
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This is an easy drink to remember because the name tells you the ingredients. Depending on your taste, use either an ounce or half an ounce of each alcohol. Mix Southern Comfort together with vodka and orange juice, the ingredients of a screwdriver, and pour over ice. Garnish the drink with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry. Make it a Sloe Comfortable Screw by adding Sloe gin, a sweet liqueur made from blackthorn berries. Go a little farther by adding Galliano, which you'll find in a Harvey Wallbanger, and you have a Sloe Comfortable Screw Against the Wall.
One of the oldest Southern Comfort cocktails is the Scarlett O'Hara, named for the heroine in the 1939 film "Gone With the Wind." The drink is quite a taste sensation, as it mixes an ounce and a half of sweet Southern Comfort, an ounce and a half of bitter, sour cranberry juice and an ounce of tart lime juice. Southern Comfort is sweet enough that no extra sugar is needed. Combine the ingredients and serve over ice in a short glass.
If you're looking for a twist on the traditional Manhattan, which was first introduced at the Manhattan Club in New York in 1870, try a Southern Comfort Manhattan. Mix two ounces of Southern Comfort, half an ounce of sweet vermouth and three dashes of Angostura bitters and ice until chilled. Pour into a chilled martini glass with a maraschino cherry. Rub the rim of the glass with an orange peel, then squeeze it over the drink.
Here's a down-home version of a Jack and Coke that combines two of the most famous American alcohols, Southern Comfort and Tennessee whiskey; Jack Daniels being the most well known brand of Tennessee whiskey. So, if you are looking for sweeter Jack and coke, mix an ounce of each alcohol in a short glass with ice and add two ounces of coke.
If you have a bit of a sweet tooth, give this Southern style punch a shot. It's a combination of a Kamikaze and an Alabama Slammer. Mix one ounce each of Southern Comfort, vodka and Amaretto and a half ounce of both sloe gin and Triple Sec. Pour the mixture into a tall glass with ice and top with orange juice and a splash of lime juice. Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry. This drink can also be served as a shooter.
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