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Stay-at-Home Drinking? Try South Dakota’s Most Searched for Cocktail

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Let’s be honest.

One of the things that has helped get us through this Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is alcohol.

Whether it was dealing with the stress of not catching this virus, the challenges of working from home (or not working at all), or adding ’emergency educator’ to your to-do list for your kids while they engaged in a healthy dose of ‘remote learning’, you’ve needed something to help you escape a bit until things start to resemble ‘normal’ again.

And so when you found yourself looking for just the right concoction to calm those frayed nerves, what was your go-to choice?

According to the latest search data from Google, South Dakotans were looking for something quick and easy – a screwdriver.

The Mount Rushmore State was one of three nationwide to choose the orange juice and vodka classic. Delaware and Kansas were the others.

But if you’re looking for a way to upgrade your screwdriver, the folks at The Spruce Eats have a few suggestions:

  • Use a flavored vodka (like cucumber or vanilla)
  • Add simple syrup or grenadine to take some of the edge off of the OJ
  • Lighten things up with a little fizz from club soda or ginger ale
  • Go for some extra flavor by muddling berries, lemon, lime, peach, or kiwi in your glass.
  • If you’re running low on vodka, try some tequila and you have yourself a horny bull cocktail.

According to Google’s numbers, the country’s most popular mixed drink is a whiskey-based Old Fashioned, which topped the searches in seven states (Massachusetts, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington).

Thrillist has the entire list of all 50 states’ favorite cocktail:

  • Alabama — Hurricane
  • Alaska — Whiskey Sour
  • Arizona — Paloma
  • Arkansas — Frozen Daiquiri
  • California — Paloma
  • Colorado — Hurricane
  • Connecticut — Margarita
  • Delaware — Screwdriver
  • Florida — Cuba Libre
  • Georgia — Sazerac
  • Hawaii — Lemon Drop Martini
  • Idaho — Kamikaze
  • Illinois — Manhattan
  • Indiana — French 75
  • Iowa — Kamikaze
  • Kansas — Screwdriver
  • Kentucky — Lily
  • Louisiana — Bushwacker
  • Maine — Margarita
  • Maryland — Kamikaze
  • Massachusetts — Old Fashioned
  • Michigan — Cosmo
  • Minnesota — Oliveto
  • Mississippi — Painkiller
  • Missouri — Gin and Tonic
  • Montana — Blue Hawaiian
  • Nebraska — Old Fashioned
  • Nevada — Grasshopper
  • New Hampshire — Old Fashioned
  • New Jersey — Manhattan
  • New Mexico — Old Fashioned
  • New York — Manhattan
  • North Carolina — Bushwacker
  • North Dakota — Kamikaze
  • Ohio — Boulevardier
  • Oklahoma — Black Russian
  • Oregon — Old Fashioned
  • Pennsylvania — Whiskey Sour
  • Rhode Island — Cosmo
  • South Carolina — Tequila Sunrise
  • South Dakota — Screwdriver
  • Tennessee — Bushwacker
  • Texas — Paloma
  • Utah — Cape Cod
  • Vermont — Cosmopolitan
  • Virginia — Old Fashioned
  • Washington — Old Fashioned
  • West Virginia — Kamikaze
  • Wisconsin — Grasshopper
  • Wyoming — White Russian

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