Food & Drink

The Azalea, a Cocktail with Augusta Roots

Toast the start of spring and golf’s greatest event with the unofficial drink of the tournament

Photo: Sandie Crowley

Bright and breezy weather signals the start of one of the South’s favorite sporting events, the Masters Tournament. Thousands will journey to Augusta, Georgia, to cheer on the players while the rest of us watch from the comfort of our couches. At home or in person, an azalea cocktail should be in hand.

As the unofficial drink of the Masters, the cocktail is bright pink like its namesake flower, which famously beautifies the course. Pineapple and sweet cherry add a fruity zing that may or may not offset the need for a Sunday Masters nap. You can easily whip up the drink at home, bring a pitcher to a spring gathering, or visit Craft & Vine in Augusta, which developed its version of the recipe (shared below) to pair with its other Masters-inspired selections. 

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  • The Masters' Azalea Cocktail (Yield: 1 drink)

    • 2 oz. vodka (Craft & Vine uses Castle & Key Sacred Spring)

    • 1 oz. pineapple juice

    • 1 oz. lemon juice

    • ¼ oz. grenadine (Craft & Vine uses Jack Rudy)


  1. Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker, add ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with an orange slice and a Maraschino cherry.