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Row of cocktails for brunch at the bar.

“Breakfast is brunch, and it comes with champagne, a dress code, and a hundred of our closest friends.”-Gossip Girl. I’ve always said that what makes brunch great is the excuse to drink in the morning. Whether you elect for a mimosa (or just the prosecco with some OJ on the side if you’re like me), a bloody mary, or the signature cocktail, there is no better way to start off a weekend. I’d say some f’rose in the summer is my top brunch cocktail. A new study by Eat This Not That revealed the most popular brunch cocktail in each state. And North Carolina’s favorite brunch cocktail? Well, it isn’t what you would think.

At least it wouldn’t be my guess. Cocktails that made the list by winning a state include of course the mimosa your classic OJ and prosecco. Sex on the Beach also made an appearance. I can’t say I’ve ever considered one for breakfast but to each their own! An expresso martini, madras (never heard of this one!), Irish coffee, sangria and more. But North Carolina’s favorite brunch cocktail? It’s none of those. I do consider it a classic brunch drink, just one that tends to slip my mind. In fact, maybe I’ll order one the next time I go to brunch. You know, for research.

Most popular brunch cocktails were determined by search data for each state.

  • Each State's Favorite Brunch Cocktail

  • Alabama: Bellini

    Bellini

    A twist on a mimosa a bellini is made with prosecco and peach puree.

  • Alaska: Tequila Sunrise

    Tequila Sunrise

    Nothing like tequila to wake you up. A tequila sunrise features OJ, grenadine, and tequila. Cheers!

  • Arizona: Tequila Sunrise

    Tequila Sunrise

  • Arkansas: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

    OJ and vodka make up this popular cocktail.

  • California: Paloma

    Paloma

    Now this will be my order my next brunch. A Paloma is tequila, grapefruit soda or seltzer, and lime juice.

  • Colorado: Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee

    Any good morning begins with caffeine. And adding whiskey to your coffee, now that’s perfect!

  • Connecticut: Sea Breaze

    SeaBreeze

    Perhaps more ideal for a warmer climate, the Sea Breeze features grapefruit juice, cranberry juice, and vodka!

  • Delaware: Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee

  • Florida: Mojito

    Mojito

    Mint, white rum, and club soda make up this refreshing cocktail.

  • Georgia: Mimosa

    Mimosa

    Ten states in the classic finally make an appearance. Georgia, you’re basic but we love it!

  • Hawaii: Pina Colada

    Pina Colada

    When in Hawaii, have a pina colada for brunch. What’s better than rum, coconut, and pineapple on a beach? The answer is nothing.

  • Idaho: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Illinois: Mimosa

    Mimosa

  • Indiana: Tequila Sunrise

    Tequila Sunrise

  • Iowa: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Kansas: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Kentucky: Mint Julep

    Mint Julep

    It’s no surprise the home of bourbon prefers the signature cocktail of the Kentucky Derby.

  • Louisiana: Daquiri

    Daquiri

    When in Louisiana. Go big or go home with the frozen daquiri.

  • Maine: Sea Breeze

    SeaBreeze

  • Maryland: Sangria

    Sangria

    Wine, fruit, and rum make up this refreshing drink.

  • Massachusetts: Sangria

    Sangria

  • Michigan: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Minnesota: Sex On The Beach

    Sex On the Beach

    While not the drink I think of when I think of Minnesota, they love their sex on the beach. The classic beach cocktail is made of vodka, orange juice, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice.

  • Mississippi: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Missouri: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Montana: Sex On The Beach

    Sex On the Beach

  • Nebraska: Dirty Shirley

    Dirty Shirley

    Nebraska, you’re young at heart and we love you for it. A Dirty Shirley is a take on the classic Shirley Temple (ginger ale or lemon lime soda) and grenadine. The boozy version also ads vodka.

  • Nevada: Mimosa

    Mimosa

  • New Hampshire: Mudslide

    Mudslide

    Dessert for breakfast? In New Hampshire, it’s a win! The state’s most popular cocktail is a mudslide, which usually includes vodka, coffee liqueur, Bailey’s, and heavy cream.

  • New Jersey: Sangria

    Sangria

  • New Mexico: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • New York: Prosecco

    Prosecco

    Why worry about mixers when you can just drink the prosecco straight. New York, I’m with you on this one!

  • North Carolina: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

    I’ve honestly never ordered a screwdriver at an NC restaurant. But clearly, a lot of y’all are!

  • North Dakota: Sex On The Beach

    Sex On the Beach

  • Ohio: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Oklahoma: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Oregon: Madras

    Madras

    Oregonians love the madras which is vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice!

  • Pennsylvania: Spiked Tea

    Spiked Tea

    Sweet Tea and alcohol. Surprised this isn’t the choice of the south!

  • Rhode Island: Expresso Martini

    Expresso Martini

    Vodka, coffee liqueur, espresso, and sweetener. This is the kick you need to get your morning started.

  • South Carolina: Tequila Sunrise

    Tequila Sunrise

    Ok, SC!

  • South Dakota: Fuzzy Navel

     

    Fuzzy Navel

    You have to like sweet drinks to like this. Vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and grenadine.

  • Tennessee: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Texas: Mimosa

    Mimosa

  • Utah: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Vermont: Painkiller

    Painkiller

    A twist on a Pina Colada, the painkiller also features orange juice.

  • Virginia: Irish Coffee

    Irish Coffee

  • Washington: Mojito

    Mojito

  • West Virginia: Screwdriver

    Screwdriver

  • Wisconsin: Bloody Mary

    Bloody Mary

    I’m shocked we are just now seeing the bloody mary on this list. Spicey or not, an entire meal of garnishes, build your own? The options are endless.

  • Wyoming: Sex On The Beach

    Sex On the Beach