ITM’s Signature Drinks Across the USA Series – Part 2

by Christine Brennan & Kester Cockrell

	 ITM's Signature Drinks Across the USA Series - Cocktail Recipes



Ring of Fire

The Cascade Mountains are 1,300 miles long and stretch across Oregon, spilling over into Washington and Northern California. They certainly are a site to see. Consisting of both dormant and active volcanoes, miles of beautiful forest, and natural phenomena rarely seen, this mountain range is a “bucket list” location. Oregon is situated on the Pacific Ring of Fire, an area at the basin of the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and underwater eruptions cause a chain reaction stretching all the way to our west coast. Volcanic eruptions are still possible and continue to play a large part in the formation of the beautiful Cascade Mountain range we see today.

oregon - ring of fire cocktail recipe

Flaming Ring of Fire

• ½ oz High Proof Rum
• ½ oz Whiskey
• 4 drops Tabasco Sauce

Add the rum and whiskey to a shot glass, top with Tabasco sauce, and serve.




If you like the idea of sleeping in sub-zero temperatures and fighting your way through blizzards and gale-force winds, then sled dog racing is just for you! Every year, Alaska holds the Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Accompanied by 12 to16 dogs, mushers travel from Anchorage to Nome, over treacherous terrain, frozen rivers, and jagged mountain ranges, all in an effort to claim first place. But for those who call Alaska home, it is more than just a racetrack, it’s a part of their history. The Iditarod Trail was a lifeline for early settlers, making possible the delivery of supplies, medicine, and food to the surrounding towns. This race commemorates the history of the trail and its significance to Alaska’s growth.

alaska - alaskan cocktail recipe

Alaskan Cocktail

• 1 1/2 ounces gin
• 1/2 ounce yellow Chartreuse
• 1 dash orange bitters (optional)

Combine ingredients in a mixing glass and fill with ice. Stir well for 20 seconds and strain into chilled cocktail glass.





Do You Dare?

Colorado is home to some of the best ski slopes in the world. There is nothing better than riding down the soft powder snow of the Colorado Mountains, as long as you know what you’re doing. At an elevation of 12,000 ft. and a vertical drop of 3,000 ft., Rambo is considered the seventh scariest slope in the world. One wrong turn and you can find yourself facing a 400 ft. drop. At Silverton Mountain you will find Two Smokes; only 80 expert skiers are allowed on that mountain per day, due to the rawness of the terrain. By the way, you might want to watch out for avalanches; they are inevitable and a frequent occurrence.

colorado - snow ball cocktail recipe


• 1 shot advocaat
• 1 shot lemonade
• 1 shot lime juice

Shake the advocaat and lime juice together. Pour into an ice filled highball. Top up with lemonade.



Wonder of the Natural World

There is an amazing history behind the formation of the Grand Canyon. It isn’t just a crater in the earth; it is a constant reminder of nature’s power. The remarkable process of formation by water and wind began over 300 million years ago. Today, the earth’s ancient geologic evolution is impressively displayed in the Grand Canyon’s mile-high walls, showing us the earth’s layers as they built up over time. The Colorado River has carved its way through the canyon, leaving a path for exploration and giving us new insight into what our world was like millions of years ago.

arizona - high and dry cocktail recipe

High and Dry

• 1 1/2 oz Mandarin Vodka
• 3/4 oz Triple Sec


Mix on the rocks and top with Red Bull.





Romancing the Stone

Who wouldn’t like his face carved into the side of a mountain? Let me tell you, if Jefferson, Washington, Roosevelt, and Lincoln were alive today, their egos wouldn’t fit in the White House. Mount Rushmore is one of those places everyone must visit in their lifetime. Led by Gutzon Borglum, the 60 ft. carving took over 400 workers 14 years to create but only cost about one million dollars, which is nothing compared to what it would cost in today’s economy. The national memorial is now visited by over two million people each year.

south dakota - president cocktail

The President

• 1 Part Light Rum
• 2 Dashes Grenadine
• 1 Part Orange Juice

Fill a shaker with ice cubes. Add all ingredients. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.



Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’

Originally opening March 31, 1942 in New York City, Oklahoma has become one of Broadway’s most notable performances. As the first musical written by renowned composers Rodgers and Hammerstein, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams, along with the goings-on of Will Parker and his flirtatious fiancée, Ado. The production has been revived countless times since its first run, won numerous awards, and has made its mark on musical theater history.

oklahoma - farmer's daughter cocktail

•   3 fresh strawberries, cored and sliced
•   3 basil leaves
•   Splash of simple syrup (equal parts sugar and water boiled until dissolved)
•   2 ounces premium vodka
•   Ice

Grab your favorite shaker; muddle strawberries, chilled simple syrup and basil leaves together. Add lots of ice and vodka and shake, shake, shake. Pour over ice and garnish with a strawberry.



There are many things that draw people to Illinois: Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Bears, and the Sears tower. But one of the most notable places in the state would have to be Springfield, Illinois, home of the Simpsons. Since 1989 Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart, and Maggie Simpson have had audiences laughing out loud at how dysfunctional their family is. Having won 27 Emmy Awards, received a star on the Hollywood walk of fame, and created an iconic catchphrase, “D’oh”, The Simpsons certainly is one of the nation’s best loved television series.

illinois - bart simpson cocktail

Bart Simpson

• 1 oz coconut rum
• 1 oz Midori® melon liqueur
• 1 oz vodka

Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake. 
Strain into martini glass.


History Lessons

If Virginia were a storybook, it would be a million pages long; everything about this state screams history. The cities of Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown make up the Historic Triangle of Colonial Virginia and mark the birthplace of our nation. It was here the foundation for the United States was created. To this day, Historic Jamestown still exists to “preserve, protect and promote the original site of the first permanent English settlement in North America and to tell the story of the role of the three cultures, European, North American and African, that came together to lay the foundation for a uniquely American form of democratic government, language, free enterprise and society” (www.historicjamestowne.org).

virginia - americano cocktail recipe


•  1.5 oz Campari
•  1.5 oz Sweet vermouth
•  Soda water to top
•  Orange for garnish

Fill a highball glass with ice. Add Campari and vermouth, and top generously with soda, taking care not to exceed a 1:1:2 ratio. Garnish with an orange slice or twist.




Shake, Rattle, and Roll

On the shore of Lake Erie in Cleveland, Ohio, a special structure houses important pieces of music history. For the last 16 years, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been archiving the work and talent of some of the top artists, producers, and musical engineers in our country, thereby preserving their influence on the music industry through the genre of rock music. Rock and roll is all about energy and the vibe it sends to a crowd. Architect I.M. Pei took that feeling and created an historical landmark where the legacies of artists such as Ray Charles, James Brown, and Elvis Presley will live forever.

ohio - velvet elvis cocktail

Velvet Elvis

•  1½ shots whiskey or bourbon
•  1 shot Chambord berry liqueur
•  ½ shot Freshly squeezed lime juice
•  Top up with Lemon lime soda

Shake first three ingredients with ice and strain into ice-filled glass. Top with lemon-lime soda.




Sweet Home Alabama

Lynyard Skynyrd’s 1974 hit “Sweet Home Alabama” has transformed into more than just a hit single; it has become an anthem. The controversy surrounding the song, bashing Neil Young and Alabama Governor George Wallace, only boosted popularity. Not only has it has been covered by numerous bands throughout the years, but it has also appeared in the soundtracks of some of the most memorable movies of our time and been ranked on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. In 2009, the phrase became an official slogan of Alabama, appearing on license plates and becoming the basis for an Alabama tourism campaign.

alabama - alabama slammer cocktail recipe

Alabama Slammer

•  ½oz amaretto almond liqueur
•  ½ oz Southern Comfort® peach liqueur
•  ½  oz sloe gin
•  1 splash orange juice
•  1 splash sweet and sour mix

Pour above ingredients into a stainless steel shaker over ice and shake until completely cold. Strain into an old-fashioned glass and serve.



An Apple A Day

“Applejack—brandy distilled from apples—was once the nation’s most popular drink. The story of Laird’s is Jersey history in a bottle. Scotsman William Laird settled in Monmouth County and, around 1698, began producing apple brandy. William’s great-grandson Robert Laird incorporated Laird’s Distillery in 1780 as the new nation’s first licensed commercial distillery. During the Roaring Twenties, the Jack Rose cocktail—Laird’s Applejack, lemon juice, and grenadine—captivated fashionable drinkers.” – Karen Tina Harrison, New Jersey Monthly.

new jersey - jack rose cocktail recipe




Spring Break

Families, young children, and elderly couples should be wary of Florida for the first few months of the New Year. Beginning around March, students from all over embark on a rite of passage, Spring Break! From World War II up to the 1980s, Fort Lauderdale was the go-to vacation destination for college students. Hotel mogul George Warren “Bob” Gill Jr., was known at the Father of Fort Lauderdale Spring Break. His Sheraton hotels housed thousands of students escaping the reality of the “real world.” Partygoers have since branched out to other places like the Florida Keys, Daytona Beach, and areas along the Panhandle. But while the hot spot areas have changed, Florida’s signature drink, the Rum Runner, remains a “must” during the week away.

florida - rum runner cocktail recipe

Rum Runner

• Two cups ice
• 1 oz pineapple juice
• 1 oz orange juice
• 1 oz blackberry liqueur
• 1 oz banana liqueur
• 1 oz light rum
• 1 oz dark rum or aged rum
• Splash grenadine
• Optional: one ounce of Rum to float on top
• Orange slice (optional)

To make by the gallon use 24oz of each ingredient.

Fill your blender with the ice. Add all of the liquid ingredients. Blend the contents until smooth. Pour into a Hurricane glass and garnish with an orange slice. Add the Rum floater

On the Rocks:
Fill glass with ice. Add the liquid contents. Pour the Rum in the straw or on the top.


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