I write a lot about other states on this blog, but there’s one state that’s pretty special to me: my native North Carolina. Growing up, I loved sipping on the occasional Cheerwine, a burgundy-red cherry soda that’s still made in Salisbury, N.C. Nicknamed the “nectar of North Carolina,” general store owner L.D. Peeler dreamed up this bubbly soft drink with a hint of wild cherry and it’s been a Carolina favorite ever since.
Most North Carolinians I know love Cheerwine and crave it even more if they live outside of the state. One of my dad’s cousins will not accept house guests from North Carolina unless they bring him a case of Cheerwine. I’m pretty sure I’ll fall into the same boat if I leave the state one day!
Anyway, it’s high-time I made a North Carolina-centric cocktail with this soda, so I tried out a few before finally settling on a combination of Cheerwine, vodka and lime juice. It tastes just like a spiked cherry limeade with the legendary flavor of this great state. If you can’t find Cheerwine where you live, you can either order it online or substitute any cherry soda (or pop, if you are so inclined). Before taking a sip, raise your glass to my home state and recite the North Carolina State Toast. So, here’s to the land of the long leaf pine… Cheers! // susannah
Click below to get the recipe for my Cheerwine Cocktail and to read the North Carolina State Toast!
Yields 1 cocktail
A classy North Carolina cocktail
5 minPrep Time
5 minTotal Time
- Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour in vodka and lime juice.
- Top with Cheerwine. Stir gently. Garnish with a lime wedge and serve immediately.
NORTH CAROLINA STATE TOAST
Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine,
The summer land where the sun doth shine,
Where the weak grow strong and the strong grow great,
Here’s to “Down Home,” the Old North State!
Here’s to the land of the cotton bloom white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night,
Where the soft southern moss and jessamine mate,
‘Neath the murmuring pines of the Old North State!
Here’s to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron’s rosette glows,
Where soars Mount Mitchell’s summit great,
In the “Land of the Sky,” in the Old North State!
Here’s to the land where maidens are fair,
Where friends are true and cold hearts rare,
The near land, the dear land, whatever fate,
The blest land, the best land, the Old North State!
Source: North Carolina General Assembly