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 our 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. Read on to discover which drink is your state’s favorite, or explore the entire national list here.


Montana: Whiskey ditch

Montanans are of strong stock. That’s why their signature drink is a whiskey ditch, which is basically just whiskey and water, according to Spoon University. A drink order ending in “ditch” means “with water.”

Continue reading to see other signature drinks in your region.


Idaho: Canadian whisky

Idaho loves its Canadian whisky. It will get you through those long, cold winters. In fact, the state’s top-selling booze is Black Velvet, according to the Idaho Statesman.


North Dakota: Beer

North Dakota is one of the top states for beer consumption per capita, according to VinePair. A 2020 report shows that as with Montana, Vermont, and New Hampshire, beer is the most preferred beverage in the state.