Satisfy your cravings with this Southern Comfort alternative

In the midst of a hot summer day or a cold winter night, there’s nothing quite like sipping on a refreshing cocktail to soothe your soul. But what happens when your favorite spirit, Southern Comfort, is nowhere in sight? Fear not, my friends. As a southern-style cuisine chef, I’m here to share with you my go-to Southern Comfort substitute recipe that will leave you feeling satisfied and comforted all the same.

With just a few simple ingredients that are easy to find and steps that are even easier to follow, you’ll be able to whip up a delicious cocktail that tastes just as good (if not better) than the original Southern Comfort cocktail recipe. Whether you’re looking for an alcoholic or non-alcoholic version, this recipe has got it covered – so grab your bar ware and let’s get mixin’!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Southern Comfort Substitute
Southern Comfort Substitute

Imagine sipping a refreshing cocktail on a hot, summer day. You can feel the cool breeze and the bright sun on your skin while savoring every sip of your drink. This recipe for a Southern Comfort Substitute provides the perfect balance between sweet and tangy flavors that will leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

What’s great about this recipe is that it’s not just any ordinary cocktail recipe. This recipe is perfect for those who want to indulge in a tasty beverage but without the alcohol. This Southern Comfort substitute recipe utilizes non-alcoholic ingredients, so you can enjoy a delicious drink without worrying about getting buzzed.

This recipe also uses fresh ingredients such as lime and sugar to give it a zesty kick. It also incorporates vanilla extract and flavored nectar combined in small amounts to create a rich and subtle taste that complements the tanginess of the citrus fruits. Plus, this recipe is versatile and accommodates various substitutions according to the drinker’s personal taste buds.

Whether you’re looking for an alcohol-free drink or an alternative to Southern Comfort, this recipe will satisfy your craving for a tasty beverage. You don’t have to be an expert mixologist to create this drink at home, either! With just basic bar-ware, you can make this drink in no time.

So, why not give this Southern Comfort alternative a try? Not only will you love the unique combination of flavors, but you’ll also appreciate its ease of preparation, versatility, and its ability to cater to your personal preferences. Give it a shot; trust me, your taste buds will thank you!

Ingredient List

 Can't find Southern Comfort? No problem!
Can’t find Southern Comfort? No problem!

Gather These Ingredients!

For this Southern Comfort substitute recipe, you’ll need to raid your liquor cabinet and gather these ingredients:

  • Bourbon (1.5 cups)
  • Triple sec (1 cup)
  • Sugar (1 tablespoon)
  • Lime (juice of 1 lime)
  • Non-alcoholic vanilla extract (2 teaspoons)
  • Apple juice (8 cups)
  • Orange juice (1 cup)
  • Flavored nectar combined with a small amount of apple cider (2 cups)

Don’t worry if you don’t have all these ingredients on hand, there are plenty of substitutions available! I’ll talk more about that in the next section.

The Recipe How-To

 Homemade Southern Comfort? Oh, yes we can!
Homemade Southern Comfort? Oh, yes we can!

Preparing the Southern Comfort Substitute:
Step 1: Combine Flavored Nectar and Vanilla Extract

Take a 8-cup cocktail shaker and pour 4 cups of flavored nectar combined with 1 tablespoon of non-alcoholic vanilla extract. You can opt forpeach-flavored nectar` or any other fruit flavor of your choice.

Step 2: Add Bourbon or Whiskey

Next, add the bourbon or whiskey to the shaker. You can use Wild Turkey, Maker's Mark or Knob Creek, whichever you prefer. Pour in 3 cups of the chosen liquor.

Step 3: Squeeze Lime Juice

Get a lime and cut it in half. Hold one half with your palm and squeeze it over the shaker. Make sure to catch any seeds that may fall in. Repeat it with other half too.

Step 4: Pour Triple Sec

Now, add 1 cup of triple sec to the mixture in the shaker.

Step 5: Shake Well

Close the cocktail shaker tightly and give it a good shake for few seconds, until frothy.

Step 6: Serve Chill

After shaking, strain into a glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with a lime slice, if desired. Enjoy your Southern Comfort substitute cocktail!

Substitutions and Variations

 A sip of the South even if you're out of Southern Comfort.
A sip of the South even if you’re out of Southern Comfort.

If you want to make this Southern Comfort substitute recipe non-alcoholic, skip the Bourbon and replace it with apple juice or orange juice. You can also try adding a small amount of vanilla extract for a mild and sweet flavor. For a more complex taste, use flavored nectar combined with a small amount of apple cider.

If you want to go for an alcoholic version, try swapping Southern Comfort with knob creek, Maker Mark or Wild Turkey. These brands can give the drink a similar flavor and depth that Southern Comfort provides. You can also add a splash of whiskey or whisky in addition to the Bourbon for an extra boozy kick.

If you’re looking to mix it up, there are several variations that you can try. For instance, substitute triple sec for Southern Comfort in classic cocktail recipes like Alabama Slammer or Sloe Gin Fizz. You can also replace it with vermouth in the classic Manhattan recipe for a Southern Comfort Manhattan.

For those who prefer a fruity taste, consider adding pineapple juice, peach flavored nectar or cooking sherry. These ingredients can enhance both the taste and the aroma of the drink. If you want to get really fancy, add some Lochan Ora or sherry liqueur to perfect your cocktail game.

Make sure to have your bar ware ready and experiment with different combinations until you find the perfect flavor that suits your taste buds. Remember that experimentation is key when making cocktails, so don’t be afraid to mix up ingredients and create your own signature drink!

Serving and Pairing

 The perfect Southern-inspired cocktail starter.
The perfect Southern-inspired cocktail starter.

Once you’ve crafted this southern comfort substitute cocktail, it’s time to decide what to serve with it. Southern-style cuisine is known for its bold flavors and hearty portions, so you’ll need something substantial to pair with your drink of choice.

For a savory snack, try serving up some crispy fried chicken or homemade biscuits with honey butter. These classic dishes are the perfect complement to the rich, sweet flavors of your southern comfort substitute.

If you’re in the mood for something a bit lighter, consider pairing your cocktail with a fresh fruit salad or some grilled vegetables. The bright, tangy flavors of these dishes will help balance out the richness of your cocktail and leave you feeling satisfied but not weighed down.

Of course, no southern meal would be complete without a slice of pie for dessert! Try serving up a warm slice of pecan pie or peach cobbler alongside your cocktail for a truly indulgent treat.

No matter what you choose to serve with your southern comfort substitute cocktail, be sure to enjoy it with friends and family. This recipe is perfect for sharing and celebrating the simple pleasures of good food and good company.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The secret ingredient to make your own Southern Comfort.
The secret ingredient to make your own Southern Comfort.

I am a chef who understands that busy schedules can make cooking difficult. That is why this recipe for a Southern Comfort substitute is designed to be made ahead of time, stored, and reheated. Preparing the substitute in advance not only saves you precious time but also allows the flavors to meld for a more intense taste.

To make ahead of time, follow all steps of the recipe until the end. Once your mixture has been simmered and cooled, transfer it to an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 5 days.

When you are ready to serve, take out your Southern Comfort substitute and reheat it on low heat on your stove or in your microwave. Be sure to stir frequently, as the mixture can easily burn due to its sugar content.

One tip I have for reheating the Southern Comfort substitute is to add more water, fruit juice, or bourbon if the mixture becomes too thick during refrigeration. This will help thin it out and preserve its flavor.

Another important note is that alcohol substitutions do not store as well as traditional spirits. If you have opted for an alcohol-free version or used a non-traditional liquor such as flavored nectar combined with a small amount of cider or apple juice instead of alcoholic vanilla extract, these substitutes will not store as well as traditional alcohols. Avoid storing these substitutes for more than two days past their expiration date.

Overall, making this Southern Comfort alternative ahead of time and re-heating it when needed not only makes meal preparation a breeze but also allows for greater control of flavor.

Tips for Perfect Results

 A delicious alternative to the real deal.
A delicious alternative to the real deal.

When it comes to creating a Southern Comfort substitute, there are a few tips and tricks that can help ensure you achieve the perfect result. Here are my top tips for making the most delicious possible Southern Comfort alternative:

1. Use the Best Substitutes: The key to making a great Southern Comfort substitute is using the best ingredients possible. While traditional recipes call for a combination of whiskey, flavored nectar, and various other ingredients, there are many substitutes you can use instead. Some of the best options include Bourbon, Wild Turkey, Knob Creek, Maker’s Mark or Yukon Jack.

2. Pay Attention to Quantities: It’s important to measure everything out precisely when creating your Southern Comfort substitute. Use an 8 cup measure and mix all your ingredients in this size container so that it’s easier to measure out during mixing time.

3. Experiment with Flavors: One of the advantages of making your own Southern Comfort substitute is that you have the freedom to experiment with different flavors. Try adding different fruit juices like apple, orange or pineapple juice and see how it affects the taste. Experimenting with different flavored liqueurs can also be fun!

4. Shake it Up: To ensure that all ingredients are mixed thoroughly, use a cocktail shaker when preparing your Southern Comfort substitute instead of just stirring ingredients together.

5. Let it Sit: After combining all ingredients, let your Southern Comfort alternative sit for at least two hours before drinking so that all of the flavors can meld together.

By following these tips and tricks, you’ll be well on your way to creating a delicious Southern Comfort substitute that will rival any bar cocktail recipe!


Before wrapping up this recipe article, let’s clear out some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this Southern Comfort Substitute Recipe. I know that while making this recipe, you might have some queries pop up in your head. From ingredient concerns to preparation tips, I aim to address them all so that you are completely confident when making this cocktail. So, let’s get started with the most commonly asked questions about our Southern Comfort substitute recipe.

What can be substituted for Southern Comfort?

When it comes to Southern style drinks, Wild Turkey, Maker’s Mark, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Knob Creek, and Yukon Jack are some popular options for alternatives to Southern Comfort. These spirits are known for their smoothness, depth of flavor, and ability to produce velvety-smooth finishes. Let’s dive deeper into what makes a good Southern Comfort alternative.

Can I substitute Southern Comfort for bourbon?

There are several liquor brands that have a similar taste to Southern Comfort. If you enjoy the flavor of Southern Comfort straight or with ice, you might want to try Yukon Jack or Wild Turkey to satisfy your taste buds.

What can I use instead of Southern Comfort non-alcoholic?

For this recipe, we’ll be exploring creative options for substituting southern-style staples. Instead of the typical peach schnapps, we’ll be using Southern Comfort which is a blend of peach flavored nectar with a hint of cider vinegar. To add some fizz and sparkle to our cocktail, we’ll be experimenting with alternative options such as ginger ale, sparkling apple cider, sparkling cranberry juice, or sparkling white grape juice in place of the usual sparkling wine. Finally, we’ll be shaking things up by swapping out tequila for cactus juice or nectar. Let’s get started!

What is the main ingredient in Southern Comfort?

Southern Comfort, a renowned spirit worldwide, is made using peaches and American grain spirit. This versatile liqueur pairs seamlessly with a refreshing glass of classic lemonade, or when mixed with vodka, orange, and grenadine, creates the famous ‘Alabama Slammer’.

Bottom Line

There you have it, folks – a recipe for a Southern Comfort substitute that will tickle your taste buds and satisfy your soul. Whether you’re looking to avoid alcohol for personal or health reasons, or simply can’t seem to find Southern Comfort in your local liquor store, this recipe offers the perfect alternative.

By combining a variety of ingredients such as bourbon, vanilla extract, and flavored nectar, you can create a non-alcoholic version of the popular liqueur that will make you forget you’re missing out on anything. Plus, with the added benefit of sugar and lime juice, this cocktail is a refreshing and flavorful treat that’s perfect for any occasion.

So why not try something new and exciting today? With our 5 best substitutes for Southern Comfort and the countless variations and substitutions available for all your favorite cocktails, there’s no reason not to experiment in the kitchen. So break out your bar ware, invite some friends over, and start mixing up some delicious drinks – it’s time to raise a glass to good times and great flavors!

Southern Comfort Substitute

Southern Comfort Substitute Recipe

Was sure it was in the cupboard when I decided to make the recipe, but alas when the carrots where ready for glazing there was no Comfort to be found. Fortunately, my husband has been working on passing the bar, but mostly he stops in 🙂
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Course Beverage
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 1 cup
Calories 140.8 kcal


  • 1/8 cup Bourbon
  • 1/8 cup triple sec
  • 1/2 lime, juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fig spread, used Dalmatia brand


  • Blend well.

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Serving: 75gCalories: 140.8kcalCarbohydrates: 16.1gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSodium: 0.9mgFiber: 0.9gSugar: 13.2g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Beverages, Easy
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