Reviving the Scarlett O’Hara Drink

The Scarlett O’Hara drink is a classic cocktail that has been overlooked in recent years. However, its tart and fruity flavors make it the perfect choice for after-dinner indulgence or a refreshing sip on a hot summer day. Let’s give this beloved drink the revival it deserves!

Scarlett O'Hara drink

Variations on the Scarlett O’Hara Drink Recipe

There are various recipes for the Scarlett O’Hara drink, but the one considered the best combines Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, and lime. While some alternatives use grenadine or peach liqueur, using Southern Comfort feels like an essential ingredient to live up to the drink’s name.

What Does it Taste Like?

The Scarlett O’Hara drink boasts a dominant cranberry flavor that refreshes and tantalizes your taste buds. Think of the intense berry notes found in drinks like the Cosmopolitan. Adding to the mix, Southern Comfort contributes hints of whiskey, fruitiness, and spice. Opt for the strongest version of Southern Comfort to ensure a drink that packs a punch.

This cocktail is meant to be savored, so take your time with it. Particularly enjoyable during warmer weather, it offers a refreshing burst thanks to the inclusion of fruit juice that also helps keep you hydrated.

You don’t need to search high and low for special cranberry juice; the typical cranberry cocktail found in grocery stores will do just fine. Cranberry juice blends the tartness of cranberries with sweeter fruit juices, creating a well-balanced flavor. This cocktail relies on the natural sweetness of cranberry juice, so avoid using varieties that contain added sugars.

For an exciting citrus twist, fresh limes are ideal. While bottled lime juice is passable, fresh-squeezed lime elevates the cocktail with a more intense and sharp flavor. The recipe suggests using a “dash” of lime, but the exact amount can be tailored to your preference. As a rough guideline, a single lime should yield enough juice for at least four Scarlett O’Hara drinks. Adjust accordingly if you prefer a more subtle lime presence.

Why Fresh is Best

Incorporating fresh fruit juice into your cocktails is a breeze. Simply cut a lime in half, use a citrus squeezer to extract the juice, and voilà! It’s easier than you might think, requiring only a bit of hand strength. If you have any trouble, such as arthritis, investing in an automatic citrus juicer is worth considering. Not only will it save you effort, but it can also extract more juice than a manual squeezer.

As a general rule, avoid using sweetened lime juice from a bottle unless you decide to go all-in with pure cranberry juice. In that case, a touch of sweetness may be necessary.

If you’re a fan of the Scarlett O’Hara, you might also enjoy the Alabama Slammer. It offers a sweeter and mellower profile, and with the right sloe gin, it proves just as delightful. Alternatively, give our Sax on the Beach a try. It’s a lighter, more refreshing cocktail that features sparkling water and Patron Citronge.

Now, if you’re planning to pair this drink with a meal, consider the Sautéed Rainbow Trout with Kale and Dried Cranberry Salad from Fresh Fish Kitchen. The cranberry elements of the salad beautifully complement the cranberry juice cocktail. Another excellent choice would be the Balsamic Peach Chicken Skillet from Cooking Classy. It’s a hassle-free one-dish meal that pairs perfectly with rice, couscous, or quinoa.

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Let’s bring back the charm of the Scarlett O’Hara drink and indulge in its tangy and fruity goodness. Cheers!

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