The Scarlet O’Hara drink is a sweet and tart cocktail, perfect for after dinner or on a long hot summer afternoon. Its popularity has declined in recent years, and it’s overdue for a revival.
There are several recipes available, but the one that’s considered best uses Southern Comfort, cranberry juice and lime. The overall effect with this drink is a blend of mellow peach and tart cranberry, with an exciting touch of citrus. Definitely one to sip and savor. It’s wonderful in warm weather, especially with all that fruit juice to give you some hydration.
Other variations on this recipe use grenadine instead of cranberry juice or peach liqueur instead of Southern Comfort. Is it me, or does it just seem wrong to make a drink called the Scarlet O’Hara without using Southern Comfort? And, ideally, fresh limes instead of bottled lime juice. The bottled stuff can be good, but I think fresh limes have a much sharper taste.
If you enjoy this old Southern Comfort school classic, check out the Alabama Slammer, which is sweeter and more mellow, but just as tasty. Or our own Sax on the Beach, an even lighter, more refreshing cocktail with sparkling water and Patron Citronge.
If you want to enjoy this cocktail with a meal, try this Sautéed Rainbow Trout with Kale and Dried Cranberry Salad from Fresh Fish Kitchen. The cranberry from the salad goes well with a cranberry juice cocktail. Another nice option would be this Balsamic Peach Chicken Skillet from Cooking Classy. It’s an easy one-dish meal you can serve with rice or couscous or quinoa.
Scarlet O’Hara Drink Recipe
- 2 ounces Southern Comfort
- Dash of lime juice
- 6 ounces cranberry juice
- Garnish with a lime wedge
Pour the Southern Comfort, lime juice and cranberry juice into a shaker with ice, and shake well. Strain into a sour or Collins glass.