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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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1. One Eared Stag

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1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-4479
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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.

2. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
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.

3. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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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.

4. No. 246

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129 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 399-8246
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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.

5. Parish Foods & Goods

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240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-4434
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Arianne Fielder's new bar menu hits Parish just in time for the holidays. Check out the Scandinavian Winter Flip, made with rum, Swedish spiced honey, apples, and egg whites.

6. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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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.

7. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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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.

8. The Optimist

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914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 477-6260
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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.

9. D.B.A. Barbecue

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1190 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
(404) 249-5000
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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.

10. The Porter Beer Bar

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1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 223-0393
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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.

11. JCT Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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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.

12. Joystick Gamebar

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427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 525-3002
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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.

1. One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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.
1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
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.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

3. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
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.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

4. No. 246

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

5. Parish Foods & Goods

240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Arianne Fielder's new bar menu hits Parish just in time for the holidays. Check out the Scandinavian Winter Flip, made with rum, Swedish spiced honey, apples, and egg whites.
240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

6. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
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.
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

7. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329
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.
1540 Avenue Pl NE Ste B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

8. The Optimist

914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta, GA 30318
Get into the holiday spirit with the Top Shelf Elf, made with gin, white creme de cacao, Irish whiskey, coconut milk, and nutmeg.
914 Howell Mill Road
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. D.B.A. Barbecue

1190 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30306
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.
1190 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

10. The Porter Beer Bar

1156 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
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.
1156 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

11. JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
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.
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

12. Joystick Gamebar

427 Edgewood Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
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.
427 Edgewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

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