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Crafting the Perfect Masters Golf Tournament Signature Drink: The Azalea

Indulge in the elegance of the Masters Golf Tournament with the signature drink, The Azalea. Learn the history and craft your own at home. Cheers!

The Masters Golf Tournament is not just about golf; it's also about traditions, elegance, and exquisite tastes. One such tradition is the signature drink of the Masters, the Azalea. This delightful cocktail embodies the spirit of spring with its vibrant color and refreshing flavors, making it a favorite among golf enthusiasts and cocktail aficionados alike. In this blog post, we'll dive into the history of the Azalea drink and provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to make it at home.

Augusta National Azalea Cocktail by Realtor David Locke, South Carolina Golf Living Expert

The History of the Azalea Drink

The Azalea drink has been a staple at the Masters Golf Tournament since the 1960s. Named after the beautiful azalea flowers that bloom around Augusta National Golf Club during the tournament, this cocktail is as visually appealing as it is delicious. It's a blend of fruity and citrusy flavors, perfect for sipping on a sunny day while watching the golf action unfold.

The Boots and Bowties Azalea

To make the Azalea cocktail at home, you'll need the following ingredients:

- 1 1/2 oz vodka (or gin if you prefer)

- 1 oz pineapple juice

- 1 oz cranberry juice

- 1/2 oz triple sec

- Ice cubes

- Fresh mint leaves (for garnish)

- Slices of lemon or lime (for garnish)

Steps to Make the Azalea Cocktail

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice cubes.

2. Add the vodka, pineapple juice, cranberry juice, and triple sec to the shaker.

3. Shake the ingredients vigorously for about 15-20 seconds to chill the mixture.

4. Strain the cocktail into a chilled glass filled with ice.

5. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and slices of lemon or lime for an extra burst of flavor and visual appeal.

6. Serve and enjoy your homemade Azalea cocktail!

The Golf Digest Azalea

There are many ways to make this drink. This is a recipe from Golf Digest.

-2 oz good vodka (or gin if you prefer)

-2 oz pineapple juice

1 oz lemon juice (not lemonade) and a spoonful of grenadine into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.

-Shake, shake, shake, then pour through a strainer into a tall glass filled halfway with rocks.

-Note: A lemon garnish on your Azalea is lovely. Just don’t use actual azalea leaves — they’re highly toxic.

Tips for Serving

For an authentic Masters experience, serve the Azalea cocktail in a highball or Collins glass with plenty of ice. You can also add a decorative stir stick or a colorful straw to enhance the presentation. Pair this refreshing drink with light appetizers like fruit skewers or shrimp cocktail for a delightful golf-watching experience at home.


The Azalea cocktail is more than just a drink; it's a symbol of tradition and sophistication associated with the Masters Golf Tournament. By following this easy recipe, you can recreate the magic of Augusta National in your own home and impress your guests with a taste of golfing elegance. Cheers to the Masters and to crafting the perfect Azalea cocktail!

Looking to live close to Augusta National, Call Realtor David Locke with Locke and Key Associates who specializes in South Carolina golf living.


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