Do you know your state's signature drink? Find out New Jersey's here

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March 24, 2022
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Do you know your state's signature drink? Find out New Jersey's here

Every U.S. state has something it's proud of—and that's especially true of its signature drinks. These are drinks that locals love and ones tourists love to seek out. You know the ones we’re talking about. Can you imagine a trip to California without a glass of Napa Valley red wine? Or breezing through Seattle without a piping-hot cup of coffee? Sometimes it’s the signature drink that helps to solidify a destination’s character.

There is no hard-and-fast rule when it comes to defining a state’s signature drink. Some states even have drinks that are designated as their official state beverages. In fact, the most popular state beverage across the country is, believe it or not, milk—19 states claim milk as their official state beverage. And then there are other states that are well-known for their drinks, like Nebraska and its Red Beer, a concoction of beer and tomato juice similar to Mexico’s “Ojo Rojo” hangover cure. There are also drinks like sweet tea with vodka from South Carolina or Jack Daniel’s from Tennessee. These drinks are state icons, even if they don't have official state symbol status. Tourists and locals alike always seem to find a reason to seek them out and do a taste test for themselves in order to embrace the flavors of our 50 states.

So what are the signature drinks from every state? Stacker looked at official state websites, news, culinary profiles, and historic reports that tie specific beverages to states across the country. Some states had several drinks in the running, so in those cases, the majority ruled.

Are you ready to discover signature beverages from across the country? In fact, do you even know the signature drink from your home state? Read on to discover which drink is your state's favorite, or explore the entire national list here.

New Jersey: Jäger-bombs

New Jersey doesn't have a true official cocktail or state drink, but college students across the state (especially along its iconic Jersey Shore) know their way around Jäger-bombs. Made iconic on the reality show The Jersey Shore, according to The New York Times, Jäger-bombs are made by dropping a shot of Jägermeister into a glass of Red Bull.

Continue reading to see other signature drinks in your region.

Delaware: Dogfish Head

Delawareans worth their suds will tell you that a bottle of Dogfish Head is unequivocally the signature drink of the state. The brewery opened in 1995 in Milton. Today the empire spans restaurants, an inn, and a distillery.

New York: Milk

Did you know that New York is the third-largest milk producer in the United States? According to State Symbol USA, that's why milk is the official state drink of New York. The milk produced in New York is used for consumption but also for butter, cheese, ice cream, and processed products.

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