Taste of the South: A Perfect Cocktail for Any Occasion

As a chef who specializes in Southern cuisine, I love sharing recipes for classic Southern cocktails. In this article, I am excited to share with you my recipe for the Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail. This sweet and tart drink is a true Southern classic that has been enjoyed for decades.

The Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail is named after the iconic character from Margaret Mitchell’s novel “Gone with the Wind” and has become a popular drink in the South. This delicious cocktail is made with Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, lime juice, and peach brandy, creating a perfect balance of sweet and tangy flavors.

Whether you are planning a brunch or a dinner party, this cocktail is sure to impress your guests. It’s easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time, making it a great option for those who want to spend less time at the bar and more time socializing.

So why not give this classic Southern cocktail a try? With its unique blend of flavors, the Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail is sure to become one of your new favorite drinks.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Scarlett O' Hara (A Southern Cocktail)
Scarlett O’ Hara (A Southern Cocktail)

If you’re a fan of sweet and tart cocktail drinks, then the Scarlett O’Hara Cocktail is sure to become one of your new favorites. With its unique blend of Southern Comfort, peach brandy, cranberry juice, and lime juice, this drink packs a flavorful punch that is hard to resist.

What makes this cocktail recipe so special is the way it balances the sweetness of the peach brandy and southern comfort with the tanginess of the cranberry and lime juice. The result is a perfectly blended, smooth concoction that goes down easy and leaves you wanting more.

Whether you’re looking for a fun way to impress your guests at your next party or simply want a tasty drink to enjoy on a hot summer day, the Scarlett O’Hara Cocktail is the perfect choice. The mixture of flavors creates a delicious taste that will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied.

Plus, this cocktail is incredibly easy to make. All you need is a few simple ingredients and a cocktail shaker with ice. In almost no time at all, you can have a delicious drink in hand that will transport you straight to the heart of Southern comfort.

So if you’re ready to indulge in a sweet yet tart concoction bursting with flavor, give the Scarlett O’Hara Cocktail a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Ingredient List

 A sip of the old South.
A sip of the old South.

Here’s a list of ingredients needed to create the Scarlett O’ Hara, a sweet-tart cocktail recipe that is perfect for any occasion:

For the Scarlett Hara Drink Recipe:

  • 2 oz (59 ml) Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz (30 ml) peach brandy
  • 4 oz (118 ml) cranberry juice
  • 1/2 oz (15 ml) lime juice

For the Scarlett Hara Cocktail Recipe:

  • 2 cups (475 ml) Southern Comfort
  • 1 1/2 cup (355 ml) cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) lime juice
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) maraschino cherry juice

Additional Ingredients:

You may also add a wedge of lime or a cherry on top of your drink to give it an extra touch.

The Recipe How-To

 A refreshing cocktail for a hot Southern day.
A refreshing cocktail for a hot Southern day.

Now, it’s time to mix up a batch of Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail! Here are the steps to make this delicious drink:

Step 1: Gather the ingredients

Before starting with the preparation of the cocktail, gather all the ingredients mentioned in the list above.

Step 2: Fill the Cocktail shaker

Take a large cocktail shaker and fill it with ice cubes. This will help to chill down the drink and dilute it slightly to get that perfect balance of sweet and tart flavor.

Step 3: Add the Southern Comfort

Once the shaker is filled with ice, add 2 ounces (59 ml) of Southern Comfort liqueur to it.

Step 4: Add Cranberry Juice

Next, pour in 4 ounces (118 ml) of cranberry juice into the cocktail shaker.

Step 5: Add Peach Brandy

Add 1/2 ounce(15ml) of Peach brandy into the mixture which will give it a nice fruity flavor.

Step 6: Add Lime Juice

Squeeze and add 1/2 ounce (15ml) of fresh lime juice into the shaker for that tangy balance.

Step 7: Shake vigorously

Close the lid tightly on your cocktail shaker and shake it until everything is well combined. This helps infuse flavors so that every sip has an intense flavor profile.

Step 8: Taste for balance

Make sure to taste your drink before you start pouring or serving it. This way, you can tweak proportions accordingly. If it tastes too sour, feel free to add more cranberry or peach brandy as needed.

Step 9: Garnish and Serve

Finally, take out your cocktail glasses, strain your concoction from your shaker, garnish them with lime peels or lime wedges or Maraschino cherry and make yourself a much-deserved glass of Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail.

Substitutions and Variations

 Just like Scarlett, it's bold and beautiful.
Just like Scarlett, it’s bold and beautiful.

Now, let’s talk about some variations you can make to this delicious Scarlett O’Hara cocktail recipe. One of the great things about cocktails is that they’re so versatile, and there’s always room for experimentation. Here are some ideas to try out:

– Mix Up the Juices: If you want to change up the flavor of the drink or don’t have all the ingredients listed, you can substitute the cranberry juice with pomegranate, orange or pineapple juice. These fruity juices will give your Scarlett O’Hara a unique twist.

– Swap Peach Brandy for Another Fruit Liqueur: If you don’t have peach brandy on hand, feel free to use another kind of fruit liqueur like apricot brandy or raspberry liqueur. Any fruity option will rumble your taste buds.

– Kick Up the Spice: If you like a little heat in your drinks, add in some jalapeno slices or jalapeno-infused simple syrup for a spicy variation.

– Top it off with Dr. Pepper: Some bartenders prefer adding in a splash of Dr. Pepper into their Scarlett O’Hara as it enhances the sweet tartness of cranberry juice to bring out some notes in the comfort southern.

There are endless possibilities when it comes to crafting a perfect cocktail. Don’t be afraid to experiment and try new things – who knows what kind of concoction you might create!

Serving and Pairing

 A drink that takes you back in time.
A drink that takes you back in time.

The Scarlett O’Hara cocktail is a refreshing beverage that could be served either as an aperitif or after-dinner drink. This sweet-tart drink pairs delightfully with southern cuisine, particularly dishes with bold flavors and spices like jambalaya or fried chicken. It also goes well with light salads, seafood, and grilled vegetables.

For an added touch of elegance, garnish your glass of Scarlett O’Hara with a lime wedge or a maraschino cherry. You could also add a splash of Dr Pepper as some Southern Comfort enthusiasts suggest to give the drink a distinctive sweetness.

When hosting a party or any social gathering, be sure to have enough ingredients on hand as the Scarlett O’Hara can be quite popular among guests. The recipe makes two cups of this delightful cocktail, so if you’re serving more than two people, adjust accordingly by doubling or tripling the ingredients.

Overall, the Scarlett O’Hara cocktail recipe is incredibly versatile in terms of serving and pairing. It’s perfect for enjoying on a hot summer day or for sipping on while watching the sunset on your porch or patio. It’s comforting & soothing; it transports one to beautiful southern charm with each sip.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The perfect blend of fruity and tangy notes.
The perfect blend of fruity and tangy notes.

If you’re planning to serve your Scarlett O’Hara cocktail at a party, you can easily make the mix ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Just mix together the Southern Comfort, cranberry juice, peach brandy, and lime juice (freshly squeezed is always best) in a large container or bottle, and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

If you have leftover cocktail mix that you want to store for later use, simply transfer it to an airtight container and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Before serving again, give the mix a good stir or shake.

When it comes to reheating your cocktail mix, avoid using heat as it can affect its flavor. Instead, just let it come to room temperature or give it a quick stir before adding ice and serving.

Do not hesitate to play around with ratios or ingredients until you achieve your desired taste. Experimenting will provide even more diversity to this already amazing recipe. Make it yours!

Tips for Perfect Results

 A cocktail fit for a Southern belle or gentleman.
A cocktail fit for a Southern belle or gentleman.

As a chef specialized in southern-style cuisine, I have some tips for you to make sure that your Scarlett O’Hara cocktail is indeed perfect. The combination of the ingredients may sound simple, but knowing what to do can make all the difference. Here are some things to keep in mind:

Firstly, use fresh juice. Using store-bought juice can save you time but can affect the overall taste of the cocktail. Freshly squeezed lime and cranberry juice give an authentic flavor to the cocktail that no artificial juice could replicate. Trust me; it will be worth the extra effort.

Next, don’t shy away from trying various substitution options. While this recipe calls for Southern Comfort and peach brandy, you can also use other brands of whiskey or brandy that you prefer. Just make sure that you maintain the sweet-tart balance that is distinctive to this cocktail.

Thirdly, use high-quality ice for shaking. Ice quality matters when shaking cocktails as it affects its consistency and temperature. Low-quality ice could melt quicker and makes your drink watery; hence it’s best to use standard size ice cubes made of clean and filtered water.

Also, you can adjust the tartness level to your preference by using more lime juice or less cranberry juice. The key is to find your sweet spot with sourness levels that blend well with peach brandy and Southern Comfort.

Finally, remember always to pour Southern Comfort last into your shaker tin, providing a smooth layered look with a straight line down the middle of your beverage. This technique provides an eye-catching presentation from top to bottom in harmony with the bright red color from cranberry juice.

Take these tips into account, get creative and embrace the southern spirit by making this classic Scarlett O’Hara’s cocktail recipe at home!


Now, let’s move on to item number nine of our Scarlett O’Hara Cocktail Recipe article – the FAQ. Whether you’re an experienced mixologist or a newbie bartender, you might still have questions about this sweet-tart southern favorite. Don’t worry; I’ve got you covered. Here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the Scarlett O’Hara cocktail recipe.

What is Southern Comfort and Dr Pepper called?

Looking for a refreshing and guilt-free beverage to enjoy during tailgating season? Look no further than the Southern Doctor Cocktail! With the use of Dr Pepper TEN, you can indulge in all of the delicious flavors of this classic drink while cutting back on calories. Not to mention, it’s received rave reviews with a 5.0 star rating from one customer. Keep reading for my detailed instructions and tips on how to make this crowd-pleaser for your next event.

What’s Southern Comfort made of?

When it comes to popular spirits, Southern Comfort certainly stands out. Crafted from American grains and infused with peach flavor, this liqueur is beloved for its versatile taste. Mixed with classic lemonade or combined with vodka, orange, and grenadine to create the famous Alabama Slammer, Southern Comfort is the perfect addition to any bar.

What is in a Scarlett O?

Are you craving a cocktail that embodies the essence of the South? Look no further than the Scarlett O’Hara! To whip up this delightful drink, grab a cocktail shaker and fill it with ice. Then, pour in two ounces of Southern Comfort, half an ounce of lime juice, and four ounces of cranberry juice. Shake the mixture until perfectly blended, then strain it over fresh ice in a frosty glass. Enjoy the taste of the South in every sip!

What is the best mixer for Southern Comfort?

This recipe article is all about making delicious concoctions that will delight your taste buds. We will explore the different ingredients you can use to make a homemade lemonade with a Southern twist, a fruity Strawberry Margarita Mix, a classic Coca Cola with a unique twist, a spicy Ginger Beer, a refreshing Orange Juice, a creamy Milk & Ice Cream blend, a zesty Lemon-Lime Soda, and a tangy Lemon Juice. So, let’s dive right in and uncover the secrets to making these mouthwatering drinks!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail recipe is truly a Southern gem that’s bound to impress your guests. Its unique blend of sweet and tart flavors, combined with the bold taste of Southern Comfort and peach brandy, make for a deliciously refreshing drink that’s perfect for any occasion.

With the help of this article’s detailed instructions, tips, and recommendations, you’ll be able to whip up a batch of Scarlett O’ Hara cocktails that will have everyone raving about your bartending skills.

So why not give this recipe a try and experience the sweet taste of the South in every sip? Whether you’re serving it at a party or enjoying it on a lazy Sunday afternoon, the Scarlett O’ Hara cocktail is sure to become a favorite in your repertoire.

Scarlett O' Hara (A Southern Cocktail)

Scarlett O’ Hara (A Southern Cocktail) Recipe

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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Southern US
Calories 132.5 kcal


  • 1 1/2 ounces peach brandy (1 jigger)
  • 1 1/2 ounces Southern Comfort (1 jigger)
  • 1 lime, juice of
  • 1 teaspoon maraschino cherry juice
  • crushed ice


  • Put all ingredients except ice into blender.
  • Blend for a few seconds.
  • Add ice to fill blender about halfway.
  • Combind on high speed.

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Serving: 107gCalories: 132.5kcalCarbohydrates: 3.2gProtein: 0.2gSodium: 1.2mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 0.6g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy
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