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12 Epic Atlanta Cocktails to Try This Winter

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From hot toddies to sip with your hottie (or while you're sitting at the bar waiting to find one) to cold drinks that harken to warmer climes, Atlanta bartenders have outdone themselves this winter. With inspiration from everything from the Alps and the Oaxacan to root vegetables and thyme, our guide to Atlanta's epic winter cocktails has something for everyone.
Laura Scholz


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. No. 246

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129 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246
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Who says a Pimm's Cup is just a warm weather drink? Alan Gary, Bar Manager at No. 246 in Decatur, reinterprets this perennial summer favorite for each season. The winter version combines the tart flavor of blood oranges with housemade limoncello and Cynar to give this British staple an Italian spin. No. 246's pastry chef Taria Camerino even candied some blood orange zest for garnish. Bottom's up!

2. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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What screams winter more than warm whiskey and root vegetables? How about drinking them--together? Yes, the Roots Radicals from Pinewood Tippling Room bar manager Julian Goglia combines Tennessee whiskey, angostura, maraschino, lime and griotte cherry with sugar beet for an earthy, warm, smooth vibe perfect for imbibing on the holiday of love--or for just sipping at the bar hoping to find it.

3. Floataway Cafe

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1123 Zonolite Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 892-1414
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Nothing says winter like a hot toddy. One of our favorites is bartender Jarina Naone's Hot Buttered Rum at Floataway Cafe. That's right: hot butter mixed with sugar and spiced with rum. Simple, hot, potent perfection.

4. JCT Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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Can't afford an Alpine getaway? Try the Alpine Roses at JCT Kitchen for a taste of the Alps right here in Atlanta. Beverage Director Eduardo Guzman's winter cocktail gem combines Four Roses Bourbon with Zirbenaz, a liqueur only produced during the winter in the Alps. You had us at "bourbon."

5. Local Three

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3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 968-2700
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The old fashioned gets a winter makeover at Local Three. Adrian Diersen's Red Rider mixes fall spices with bourbon. No ice for a smooth glass full of winter goodness.

6. Watershed on Peachtree

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1820 Peachtree Rd, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 809-3561
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What better spice for winter than thyme? Watershed's Winter ‘Thyme’ cocktail combines the popular herb with Journeyman organic rum, strega, ginger-thyme syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice and fever tree ginger beer for the perfect winter sipper.

7. The Lawrence

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905 Juniper
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 961-7177
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Beverage director Eric Simpkins brings Mexico north in the Oaxacan Winter. His creation, which features mezcal, horchata, chocolate, allspice, cinnamon and cayenne is almost as good as a trip south of the border.

8. The Family Dog

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1402 N Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-0180
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While the holidays are over, the party's still going at The Family Dog. Bar manager Jason Kemp has developed the ultimate winter concoction with The Three Kings, a festive blend of Yellow Chartreuse, Zirbenz stone pine liquor, St. Elizabeth all spice dram, fresh pressed lemon juice and San Pelligrino Pompelmo soda. Sass and spice, all in one glass.

9. Top Flr

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675 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 685-3110
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The warmth and spirit of Mexico come north in the La eMe, a stirred cocktail from Tres Bullard at Top Flr. The smokey, earthy Mezcal, the sweet but rich cherry herring and the spice and bite of Xocolatl mole bitters make this complex drink perfect for those chilly winter nights.

10. The Optimist

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914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260
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Escape to the cape--minus the blizzards. The Optimist's Winter on Cape Cod features house-made citrus vodka, cranberry juice, poached New England cranberries with clove and orange peel and a Prosecco floater. Beach cottage not included.

11. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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Throw caution to the wind with Bocado's Cape Fear. Made with Junipero gin, Leopold Bros. cranberry liqueur, Formula Antica, lime juice, Fee’s Barrel-Aged Bitters, cracked pepper, and orange zest, beverage director David Durnell's is the perfect complement to this Westside staple's small plates and of course, THE burger.

12. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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The bar at this new Buckhead hot spot is all the rage. With drinks like the Partridge Family, which features Aviation gin, Orchard Pear liqueur, Savannah Bee Co. honey, lemon and Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale, and others from Arianne Fielder's stellar bar program, you'll be tempted to sip away until the wee hours of the night.

1. No. 246

129 E Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur, GA 30030

Who says a Pimm's Cup is just a warm weather drink? Alan Gary, Bar Manager at No. 246 in Decatur, reinterprets this perennial summer favorite for each season. The winter version combines the tart flavor of blood oranges with housemade limoncello and Cynar to give this British staple an Italian spin. No. 246's pastry chef Taria Camerino even candied some blood orange zest for garnish. Bottom's up!

129 E Ponce de Leon Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

2. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030

What screams winter more than warm whiskey and root vegetables? How about drinking them--together? Yes, the Roots Radicals from Pinewood Tippling Room bar manager Julian Goglia combines Tennessee whiskey, angostura, maraschino, lime and griotte cherry with sugar beet for an earthy, warm, smooth vibe perfect for imbibing on the holiday of love--or for just sipping at the bar hoping to find it.

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Floataway Cafe

1123 Zonolite Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306

Nothing says winter like a hot toddy. One of our favorites is bartender Jarina Naone's Hot Buttered Rum at Floataway Cafe. That's right: hot butter mixed with sugar and spiced with rum. Simple, hot, potent perfection.

1123 Zonolite Drive
Atlanta, GA 30306

4. JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Can't afford an Alpine getaway? Try the Alpine Roses at JCT Kitchen for a taste of the Alps right here in Atlanta. Beverage Director Eduardo Guzman's winter cocktail gem combines Four Roses Bourbon with Zirbenaz, a liqueur only produced during the winter in the Alps. You had us at "bourbon."

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

5. Local Three

3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327

The old fashioned gets a winter makeover at Local Three. Adrian Diersen's Red Rider mixes fall spices with bourbon. No ice for a smooth glass full of winter goodness.

3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

6. Watershed on Peachtree

1820 Peachtree Rd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

What better spice for winter than thyme? Watershed's Winter ‘Thyme’ cocktail combines the popular herb with Journeyman organic rum, strega, ginger-thyme syrup, fresh squeezed lime juice and fever tree ginger beer for the perfect winter sipper.

1820 Peachtree Rd, NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. The Lawrence

905 Juniper, Atlanta, GA 30309

Beverage director Eric Simpkins brings Mexico north in the Oaxacan Winter. His creation, which features mezcal, horchata, chocolate, allspice, cinnamon and cayenne is almost as good as a trip south of the border.

905 Juniper
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. The Family Dog

1402 N Highland Ave, Atlanta, GA 30306

While the holidays are over, the party's still going at The Family Dog. Bar manager Jason Kemp has developed the ultimate winter concoction with The Three Kings, a festive blend of Yellow Chartreuse, Zirbenz stone pine liquor, St. Elizabeth all spice dram, fresh pressed lemon juice and San Pelligrino Pompelmo soda. Sass and spice, all in one glass.

1402 N Highland Ave
Atlanta, GA 30306

9. Top Flr

675 Myrtle St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308

The warmth and spirit of Mexico come north in the La eMe, a stirred cocktail from Tres Bullard at Top Flr. The smokey, earthy Mezcal, the sweet but rich cherry herring and the spice and bite of Xocolatl mole bitters make this complex drink perfect for those chilly winter nights.

675 Myrtle St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318

Escape to the cape--minus the blizzards. The Optimist's Winter on Cape Cod features house-made citrus vodka, cranberry juice, poached New England cranberries with clove and orange peel and a Prosecco floater. Beach cottage not included.

914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

11. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd, Atlanta, GA 30318

Throw caution to the wind with Bocado's Cape Fear. Made with Junipero gin, Leopold Bros. cranberry liqueur, Formula Antica, lime juice, Fee’s Barrel-Aged Bitters, cracked pepper, and orange zest, beverage director David Durnell's is the perfect complement to this Westside staple's small plates and of course, THE burger.

887 Howell Mill Rd
Atlanta, GA 30318

12. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Road, Atlanta, GA 30326

The bar at this new Buckhead hot spot is all the rage. With drinks like the Partridge Family, which features Aviation gin, Orchard Pear liqueur, Savannah Bee Co. honey, lemon and Hitachino Nest Real Ginger Ale, and others from Arianne Fielder's stellar bar program, you'll be tempted to sip away until the wee hours of the night.

3400 Around Lenox Road
Atlanta, GA 30326

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