Celebrate Independence Day with a State Specific Beverage

Find Out Which American State Suits Your Drinking Style

When the world of travel reopens, many will be eager to reclaim their jet setting ways and take off on trips abroad. With 78 million tourists on average choosing America as their holiday destination each year, pre-Covid, there’s sure to be a resurgence with visitors hopping across the pond. But with 50 states to choose from, it can be hard to decide where you’d be best suited. One way of making this tough decision is by thinking about your drink’s preference- yes, honestly! America, is often thought of as the birthplace of the cocktail (although this is debatable), and each state has its local traditions. So whether you want a laid-back vibe, a wild trip or a classy holiday, there’s a state for you.

If You Like to To Eat, Drink and Chill

If you need a relaxing break, then Portland may be for you. The state is renowned for its food and drink, so you can’t get much better than a nice dinner with a bottle of wine by Portland Marina for a laid back atmosphere. Then, you can sit by the water, looking out to the beautiful views whilst you sip at a full-bodied Pinot or suave Sauvignon.

If you Like Rock n’ Roll and Hard Liquor

Maybe a wild week beckons, with plenty of parties and rock and roll. In that case, you may want to look up what Tennessee has to offer. Of course, the states most famous drink is Tennessee Whiskey. Being home to Jack Daniel’s, one of the most prominent whiskey brands, the renowned spirit has been distilled, and bottles in Tennessee since 1875 and continues to be a popular choice for tourists. With other popular options there being Scotch, hard liquor and cocktails, it’s clear that this is the destination for partying and a good time.

If You Like Creative Craft Beers

More of a beer person? Well, there’s not many places better than Vermont. The state has many breweries, microbreweries and brewpubs, and is the state with the greatest number of breweries per capita. It also boasts a proud list of top beers in the world, featuring some of the most elusive and inspiring drinks, such as Heady Topper. This beer has won the number one spot on the list of best beers in the world multiple times and is a must-have if you visit. It’s one of the most iconic craft beers of its generation, not only because it has been named best beer globally but also because it established the most popular craft beer style in the most popular packaging. Its tropical fruity flavours and low bitterness makes it a drink enjoyed by beer enthusiasts and novices alike.

If You Want a G&T You’ve Never Tried Before

Virginia or Alaska may be your port of call if gin is your tipple of choice. Virginia is home to the Catoctin Creek Distillery, which produces a Watershed Gin from locally sourced grains and fruits. Not only can you sample their products in a tasting flight, but you can also relax with friends at the distillery whilst you learn about the making process they’ve been perfecting since 2009. The chillier Alaska will fulfil your gin dreams with the Port Chilkoot Distillery built in a former bakery at a military outpost. It’s small but brilliant, and you can make some new friends whilst sharing your passion for gin. The 50 Fathoms Gin made there has won several awards and helped the distillery become a tourist destination.

If You Want Shops, Culture & Cocktails

Thinking of a shopping-packed trip to be fuelled with cocktails galore, well, where better than New York? The Big Apple is laden not only with shops but enough cocktails to see you through your holiday. Classic New York cocktails take inspiration from the city that never sleeps, carrying unique flavours, stories and histories. Of course, the Manhattan is de rigour, as you can’t visit its birthplace without sampling a glass or two. Or maybe you’ll take inspiration from Sex and the City with a citrusy burst from a Cosmopolitan in the bars.

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