Southern Comfort was created in New Orleans towards the latter part of the 1800s as a fruit-flavored liquor with a spicy accent. Originally, whiskey was used as its base spirit. However, as the years went by, the recipe changed to grain alcohol. By the 1980s, the brand with it’s shortened name, SoCo, became popular amongst young college kids. It was mostly consumed in the shot form, usually with a squeeze of lime.
Southern Comfort’s original recipe uses various ingredients such as: vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, honey, cloves, orange, and cherry. In 2016 Sazerac purchased Southern Comfort from Brown-Forman Corporation. A year later, they announced they were updating the recipe, returning to the original whiskey base but keeping the rest of the ingredients a secret. Currently, Southern Comfort is available at varying proofs: Southern Comfort Original (70 proof), Southern Comfort 80 (80 proof), and Southern Comfort 100 (100 proof).
Southern Comfort has been around for at least a hundred years and may stick around for a hundred years more. We highly suggest you give this alcoholic beverage a try! You’ll experience a unique flavor that is easy on the taste buds. Below is a guide to help you when purchasing a bottle of Southern Comfort. Included are the product’s price, alternatives to it, recipes you can create using Southern Comfort, and a few fun facts about this tasty adult beverage.
Southern Comfort Price List
Southern Comfort comes in three proofs: 70 (original), 80, and 100. Southern Comfort Original has three sizes: 750ml, 1L, and 1.5L, while Southern Comfort 80 and 100 both come in 750ml bottles. Below are the average prices for Southern Comfort Products:
Southern Comfort Original
Southern Comfort Black
Southern Comfort 100
Southern Comfort Alternatives
There may be times when Southern Comfort is not available in the market. Here are some alternatives to Southern Comfort that are almost of the same price and quality:
- Knob Creek - Knob Creek is named after Abraham Lincoln’s first home in Kentucky. It may not be complex compared to other liquor of the same type as Southern Comfort, but Knob Creek is full-bodied and has a classical, smooth taste that’s extremely easy to drink. It’s perfect on its own, but you can combine it with other ingredients to make a cocktail.
- Bulleit - Bulleit has a fruity aroma mixed with oak and spices. It has an excellent fruity taste with sweet notes. Bulleit overall is a good whiskey and is reasonably priced.
- Maker’s Mark - Maker’s Mark has an unforgettable bourbon spice scent and has a taste of caramel, cherries, and vanilla with a citrus hint. It has a medium body with good balance. It’s delicious and easy to sip, making it a good drink for beginners.
- Woodford Reserve - Woodford Reserve is usually made from a mixture of two different whiskies produced by its company, Brown-Forman. Woodford Reserve has a caramel aroma mixed with toasted grains, fruit, and butterscotch. It is lightly spiced with prominent butterscotch and fruity taste and is medium-bodied and well balanced.
- Maker’s 46 - Although from the same company as Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46 is different from Maker’s Mark in a sense that 46 is aged longer than Mark and that French oaked staves have seeped into the liquor as the liquor is aged. Overall, 46 has a complex and sweet flavor and is well balanced compared to other liquor of the same kind.
Southern Comfort Recipes
Southern Comfort is already a fantastic drink by itself, especially if it’s cold. However, we cannot deny that Southern Comfort is also excellent when turned into a cocktail. Here are some recipes that use Southern Comfort as its base alcohol.