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50 drinks in 50 states: the amelia earhart

Get inspired to drink your way across America (without ever leaving your backyard) with Margaritaville’s 50 Drinks in 50 States series.

Did you not know? Kansas is the birthplace of Amelia Earhart — the famed American aviation pioneer and first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. Tragically, she disappeared over the central Pacific Ocean while trying to circumvent the globe in 1937.

Talk about a jet setter (in more ways than one), she was breaking the mold during a time when women had a more rigid role — one that rarely flew airplanes let alone had a home in the workplace. She was bold but she was classy, which is perfectly exemplified in the following drink.

Just mildly sweet, this cocktail contains the highly aromatic St. Germain (tastes like you’re drinking flowers but in the best possible way) as well as a sugary tart rim. Throw on your favorite aviators — or aviator jacket, for that matter — and fix yourself this gem of a cocktail.

Cheers to you, Amelia, and all that you accomplished.


  • 5 fresh blackberries
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • 1 3/4 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. St. Germain
  • 1 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ice to fill


  • mint spring
  • superfine sugar


  • Chill martini glass by filling it with ice and topping off with water.
  • In a cocktail shaker, muddle blackberries and sugar until broken down and juicy.
  • Add vodka, St. Germain, lemon juice and one scoop of ice.
  • Cap and shake vigorously 20 times.
  • Discard ice and water in now-chilled martini glass. Swipe lemon around half the rim of glass. Roll moistened area in superfine sugar to garnish.
  • Double strain the mixture by pouring into martini glass over a fine mesh sieve.
  • To release the mint aroma, smack mint sprig (hold in one hand and gently hit it against your other hand), and float it on top of cocktail to garnish.