The Most Popular Alcoholic Drinks in Every State

March 8th 2016

Maybe you're the kind of person who prefers a shot of vodka. Or maybe you like your Bourbon neat. It's no secret that Americans like their liquor: According to a Gallup poll, 21 percent of U.S. drinkers prefer liquor over wine and beer, but preferences also vary state to state.

Using the information from the app, BARTENDr, the folks at Business Insider created a map with each state's beverage of choice. BARTENDr used data from its 700,000 users to find the most popular liquor of each state.

Here's The Most Popular Liquor in Each State

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Turns out Americans won't say no to a whiskey. 42 states opted for whiskey brands such as Jack Daniels, Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Crown Royal, Jameson, Jim Beam, George Dickel and Evan Williams. Jack Daniels and Fireball tied as the most popular brand of whiskey in the U.S., with 15 states preferring Jack Daniels and 15 states preferring Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey.

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It's no surprise that the world's most famous whiskey—Jack Daniels—made it to the top of the list. Since the 1950s the American whiskey has been a top-selling brand of liquor, with the help of smart marketing and tons of appearances in popular culture, according to the Atlantic.

But what's the deal with Fireball?

According to Bloomberg Business the Canadian whiskey is one of the most successful liquor brands to hit the scene in years, calling it a liquor that "has become synonymous with fun for young hedonists." Thrillist notes that in 2011 it accounted for $1.9 million in sales in U.S. gas stations, convenience shops and grocery stores. Fast forward to 2013, and Fireball racked up $61 million in sales and it currently beating out flavored whiskey sales of Jim Beam and Jack Daniels, according to the Wall Street Journal. A favorite across different demographics, Fireball has about 20 percent less alcohol than any bottle of whiskey with only 66 proof, according to GQ magazine.

Regardless of what they're drinking, most Americans are down to drink. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, nearly 90 percent of people 18 and older drank alcohol at some point of their lifetime and 71 percent reported that they drank in the last year. Bottoms up.

[h/t Business Insider]

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