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10 Summer Cocktails to Try in Atlanta Right Now

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We've rounded up a list of summer's best patios, and now we've compiled a list of some of the best cocktails to sip on them. From tropical escapist to classic and boozy to homages to Georgia peaches and barbecue, you'll find something on this list to suit your mood and taste. Did we leave out your favorite? Leave it in the comments or reach out via the tipline.

— Eater Atlanta contributor Laura Scholz


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Bourbon Bar

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One Flew South alum Tokiwa “Toki” Sears is now leading the bar program at Bourbon Bar. A summer standout is the Pretty Brown Eyes, with Bourbon Bar’s Woodford private-label bourbon, benedictine, fresh lemon juice, and a red wine float.

King + Duke

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Put down that watered-down, artificially flavored margarita and head to King + Duke for the Mexico City Blues, with blanco and three kinds of grapefruit — bitters, juice, and the fruit itself — poured into a salt-rimmed glass.

Holeman & Finch Public House

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Watermelon and barbecue are summer staples. You can find hints of both in one of Holeman & Finch's new summer cocktails, which adds barbecue spice to vodka, corn whiskey, mezcal, pineapple, and watermelon juices in the equally Georgia referential Everybody Hurts.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

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What better way to enjoy the summer peach harvest than by adding booze to the mix? That is exactly what the team at Pinewood has done with the Mrs. Worley, featuring Georgia's own Pearson Farm peaches, vodka, ginger, bitters, curaçao, lemon, soda, and mint. Totally counts as a fruit serving.

The Iberian Pig

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Georgia-made Richland rum is the base for The Iberian Pig's Richland Sour, which is blended with citrus and sugar for the perfect cocktail for sweltering summer nights on the Decatur Square.

Paper Plane

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PBR, whiskey, AND absinthe? Get them all in an East Atlanta Village, just one of the Atlanta-inspired drinks on Paul Calvert's summer menu at Paper Plane.Photo: Caleb Wheelus

Kimball House

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The classic gin and tonic gets a Miles Macquarrie twist at Kimball House. The Chartreuse Tonic combines green chartreuse, lime gin, malic acid, tonic, and génépi liqueur for an an herbal summer sipper.

4th & Swift

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Patio and festival seasons are in full swing, and 4th & Swift's bar manager Chris Gianaras plays homage to both with a summer cocktail menu inspired by warm weather spirits and rock-n-roll. Grab a seat at the bar or patio and sip on the Heart-Shaped Box, with gin, cherry brandy, cherry liqueur, ginger liqueur, lemon, cherry honey, and cherry bark-vanilla bitters.

The Luminary

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Can't afford to summer in France? Try the next best thing — Ian Cox's the Summer In Brittany, with cognac, crème de cassis, vermouth, and strawberry/black peppercorn syrup — available when the Luminary opens in the near future.

One Flew South Restaurant & Sushi Bar

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'Tis the season for summer travel, and One Flew South's Caribbean Grog — with not one but two types of rum, plus allspice and grapefruit — is just what you need to start your Caribbean getaway a bit early. Or at least pretend for a while that you're headed on one.Photo: Heidi Geldhaser

Bourbon Bar

One Flew South alum Tokiwa “Toki” Sears is now leading the bar program at Bourbon Bar. A summer standout is the Pretty Brown Eyes, with Bourbon Bar’s Woodford private-label bourbon, benedictine, fresh lemon juice, and a red wine float.

King + Duke

Put down that watered-down, artificially flavored margarita and head to King + Duke for the Mexico City Blues, with blanco and three kinds of grapefruit — bitters, juice, and the fruit itself — poured into a salt-rimmed glass.

Holeman & Finch Public House

Watermelon and barbecue are summer staples. You can find hints of both in one of Holeman & Finch's new summer cocktails, which adds barbecue spice to vodka, corn whiskey, mezcal, pineapple, and watermelon juices in the equally Georgia referential Everybody Hurts.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

What better way to enjoy the summer peach harvest than by adding booze to the mix? That is exactly what the team at Pinewood has done with the Mrs. Worley, featuring Georgia's own Pearson Farm peaches, vodka, ginger, bitters, curaçao, lemon, soda, and mint. Totally counts as a fruit serving.

The Iberian Pig

Georgia-made Richland rum is the base for The Iberian Pig's Richland Sour, which is blended with citrus and sugar for the perfect cocktail for sweltering summer nights on the Decatur Square.

Paper Plane

PBR, whiskey, AND absinthe? Get them all in an East Atlanta Village, just one of the Atlanta-inspired drinks on Paul Calvert's summer menu at Paper Plane.Photo: Caleb Wheelus

Kimball House

The classic gin and tonic gets a Miles Macquarrie twist at Kimball House. The Chartreuse Tonic combines green chartreuse, lime gin, malic acid, tonic, and génépi liqueur for an an herbal summer sipper.

4th & Swift

Patio and festival seasons are in full swing, and 4th & Swift's bar manager Chris Gianaras plays homage to both with a summer cocktail menu inspired by warm weather spirits and rock-n-roll. Grab a seat at the bar or patio and sip on the Heart-Shaped Box, with gin, cherry brandy, cherry liqueur, ginger liqueur, lemon, cherry honey, and cherry bark-vanilla bitters.

The Luminary

Can't afford to summer in France? Try the next best thing — Ian Cox's the Summer In Brittany, with cognac, crème de cassis, vermouth, and strawberry/black peppercorn syrup — available when the Luminary opens in the near future.

One Flew South Restaurant & Sushi Bar

'Tis the season for summer travel, and One Flew South's Caribbean Grog — with not one but two types of rum, plus allspice and grapefruit — is just what you need to start your Caribbean getaway a bit early. Or at least pretend for a while that you're headed on one.Photo: Heidi Geldhaser

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