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6 Cocktails Locals Love to Sip on Alabama’s Beaches

This is the second of three blogs for our Locals’ Favorites Series.

Many of our locals have had a glass or two (or three or four…you get it!) of nearly every cocktail in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. While most of our restaurants and bars serve delicious hand-crafted cocktails, these are the six drinks locals love to sip on when dining on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Bushwackers at the Flora-Bama

Bushwacker at The Flora-Bama 

If you’re a cocktail connoisseur, you can’t take a trip to Alabama’s beaches without stopping by The Flora-Bama for their famous Bushwacker. Containing two types of rum and three liqueurs combined with milk in frozen drink machines, it’s no wonder the legendary roadhouse sells thousands of these drinks per year.

Bloody Mary at Brick & Spoon

This Bloody Mary is a cocktail and a meal all in one glass. You can choose from more than 12 types of liquor, 17 veggies, four cheese, five types of meats, and a variety of herbs and seasonings when you order the build-your-own bloody at Brick & Spoon.

Area 251 Hazy IPA at Big Beach Brewing Company

Juicy and full of hops, the Area 251 Hazy IPA is the brew the locals love the most at Big Beach Brewing Company. This hazy is a tropical-style IPA with light carbonation that goes down as smooth as a glass of OJ. If IPAs aren’t your thing, Big Beach typically boasts 10-12 beers on tap at all times.


Charred Pineapple Margarita at OSO at Bear Point Harbor

The perfect blend of spicy and sweet, the Charred Pineapple Margarita is the cocktail locals enjoy sipping on while watching sunsets and listening to live music at OSO at Bear Point Harbor. This savory drink contains a charred pineapple, habanero peppers and top-shelf tequila over ice, topped with salt and lime.

The Burgreen at Fisher’s Upstairs

If you haven’t already guessed, tequila is a popular liquor on the Alabama Gulf Coast. At Fisher’s Upstairs at Orange Beach Marina, The Burgreen has become the favorite non-margarita tequila drink for locals. Along with tequila, this drink calls for a refreshing mix of maraschino liqueur, grapefruit, lime and demerara.

Geisha Love at Stephi Cocktails and Cuisine 

New to the restaurant and bar scene is Stephi Cocktail and Cuisine in Orange Beach. Specializing in craft cocktails, this spot has quickly become a favorite for locals craving a fancy drink or two. The Geisha Love is crafted with Saki, gin, hibiscus syrup and egg whites (yes, you heard that right). It’s then topped with edible flowers making it both a beautiful and tasty drink.

Visit the blog next month to find out which off-the-beaten-path eateries our locals most frequent! Start planning your itinerary now for your upcoming vacation. Check out our list of vacation rentals, things to do, and more while you’re at it!


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