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12 Epic Cocktails to Try This Holiday Season

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'Tis the season for an update to the Eater cocktail guide. These twelve bars offer drinks sure to put anyone in the holiday spirit, so head below for intel on everything from foraged holly garnishes to moonshine-spiked eggnog, plus a Decatur spot that's donating proceeds to local charities.
Laura Scholz


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One Eared Stag

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Celebrate the season with One Eared Stag's Festivus Flip. It's got brandy, green chartreuse, walnut liqueur, egg whites, powdered cranberry, and foraged holly.

Paper Plane

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Paul Calvert pays tribute to some of his favorite Atlanta people and places in the holiday edition of the Paper Plane cocktail menu. A portion of proceeds go to several local charities, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank and The Giving Kitchen (TGK). Try The Life of Ryan, made with bourbon, vermouth, luxardo bitters, creme de cacao, and rum, in honor of two TGK founders and Staplehouse partners, Ryan Hidinger and Ryan Smith.

Kimball House

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You don't have to wait until summer to get your Georgia peach fix. Kimball House's Johnny's Hideaway uses housemade pickled peach bitters with rye, Punt e Mes, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, and Amaro Sibilla for bright summer flavors in the heart of winter.

No. 246

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No. 246 is known for its seasonal Pimm's cups, and the holiday version with Cynar, house limoncello, brandied cranberries, and lemon is as tasty as the original.

Parish Foods & Goods

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Arianne Fielder's new bar menu hits Parish just in time for the holidays. Check out theScandinavian Winter Flip, made with rum, Swedish spiced honey, apples, and egg whites.

Holeman & Finch Public House

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Try bartender Jason Harris's twist on the Rob Roy, the Roy's Robe, which blends whiskey with Campari, amaros, and Angostura bitters for a bittersweet, spiced winter drink.

The General Muir

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Bar program manager Melissa Davis serves up holiday cheer in the Winter White, made with aquavit, crème de cacao, lime, green tea, and green chartreuse.

The Optimist

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Get into the holiday spirit with the Top Shelf Elf, made with gin, white creme de cacao, Irish whiskey, coconut milk, and nutmeg.

D.B.A. Barbecue

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Why choose between eggnog and moonshine when you can have both? Yes, the folks at D.B.A. have created the ultimate mash-up with EggNoggin', an eggnog cocktail spiked with moonshine.

The Porter Beer Bar

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The Porter is open for all of your holiday drinking needs, so why not trade your usual beer for the Christmas Vacation Nog, a blend of spiced rum and bourbon with house eggnog and nutmeg? Or just have both.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

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Why eat your Figgy Pudding when you can drink it instead? This JCT holiday cocktail combines fig-infused Jim Beam with brown sugar syrup, poached figs, and bitters.

Joystick Gamebar

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A riff on a martini, the Decisions Before Dawn is made with gin, dry and blanc vermouths, and Genepy des Alpes, a Chartreuse-esque herbal liqueur made from alpine shrubs— perfect for cold-weather drinking.

One Eared Stag

Celebrate the season with One Eared Stag's Festivus Flip. It's got brandy, green chartreuse, walnut liqueur, egg whites, powdered cranberry, and foraged holly.

Paper Plane

Paul Calvert pays tribute to some of his favorite Atlanta people and places in the holiday edition of the Paper Plane cocktail menu. A portion of proceeds go to several local charities, including the Atlanta Community Food Bank and The Giving Kitchen (TGK). Try The Life of Ryan, made with bourbon, vermouth, luxardo bitters, creme de cacao, and rum, in honor of two TGK founders and Staplehouse partners, Ryan Hidinger and Ryan Smith.

Kimball House

You don't have to wait until summer to get your Georgia peach fix. Kimball House's Johnny's Hideaway uses housemade pickled peach bitters with rye, Punt e Mes, Cocchi Barolo Chinato, and Amaro Sibilla for bright summer flavors in the heart of winter.

No. 246

No. 246 is known for its seasonal Pimm's cups, and the holiday version with Cynar, house limoncello, brandied cranberries, and lemon is as tasty as the original.

Parish Foods & Goods

Arianne Fielder's new bar menu hits Parish just in time for the holidays. Check out theScandinavian Winter Flip, made with rum, Swedish spiced honey, apples, and egg whites.

Holeman & Finch Public House

Try bartender Jason Harris's twist on the Rob Roy, the Roy's Robe, which blends whiskey with Campari, amaros, and Angostura bitters for a bittersweet, spiced winter drink.

The General Muir

Bar program manager Melissa Davis serves up holiday cheer in the Winter White, made with aquavit, crème de cacao, lime, green tea, and green chartreuse.

The Optimist

Get into the holiday spirit with the Top Shelf Elf, made with gin, white creme de cacao, Irish whiskey, coconut milk, and nutmeg.

D.B.A. Barbecue

Why choose between eggnog and moonshine when you can have both? Yes, the folks at D.B.A. have created the ultimate mash-up with EggNoggin', an eggnog cocktail spiked with moonshine.

The Porter Beer Bar

The Porter is open for all of your holiday drinking needs, so why not trade your usual beer for the Christmas Vacation Nog, a blend of spiced rum and bourbon with house eggnog and nutmeg? Or just have both.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

Why eat your Figgy Pudding when you can drink it instead? This JCT holiday cocktail combines fig-infused Jim Beam with brown sugar syrup, poached figs, and bitters.

Joystick Gamebar

A riff on a martini, the Decisions Before Dawn is made with gin, dry and blanc vermouths, and Genepy des Alpes, a Chartreuse-esque herbal liqueur made from alpine shrubs— perfect for cold-weather drinking.

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