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12 Epic Winter Cocktails to Try in Atlanta Right Now

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Now that you've recovered from snow madness, it's time for cocktail therapy. From traditional hot toddies to the ever-popular bourbon, we have your ultimate guide to the best of Atlanta's winter cocktails.
Laura Scholz


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. One Eared Stag

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1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 525-4479
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Nothing warms you up faster than a bit of bourbon. What happens if you add Armagnac, whole leaf tobacco tea, molasses, orange, smoked maple, and vanilla bean syrup? You get One Eared Stag's Trampoline Curtis’s Magic Potion.

2. St. Cecilia

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3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Ford Fry's latest outpost is also a hotspot for cocktails. Try Lara Creasy's Evil Ways, made with Spanish brandy, Licor 43, sherry, salt, and a marcona almond-stuffed olive.

3. The Lawrence

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905 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 961-7177
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The winter cocktail menu at The Lawrence feels across-the-board cozy. Try the Highland Masala with chai-spiced Scotch, walnut liqueur, sweet potato, lemon, ginger, and nutmeg.

4. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Why choose between coffee and bourbon when you can have them both in Leon's Muddy Waters, made with coffee-infused bourbon, China China, vanilla, creme de cacao, and absinthe. You're welcome. [Photo]

5. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Miles Macquarrie's Frost Bite, with aged white rum, aquavit, douglas fir liquor, lime, blood orange, and juniper is winter in a glass.

6. Parish Foods & Goods

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240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 681-4434
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Don't have a fireplace at home? Not to worry, Arianne Fielder's Building on Fire at Parish, featuring tequila, Madeira, citrus amaro, and local pepper whiskey tincture, will keep you nice and toasty.

7. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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Take some cognac, add sherry, vermouth, mole bitters, and toasted star anise, and you have Kevin Bragg's Soul of a Man, available at Seven Lamps.

8. Empire State South

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999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 541-1105
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Whether or not the temperature will be right for a round on bocce on the patio, one sip of the El Draque at Empire State South will make you forget all about this strange winter weather. The cocktail features rum, sherry, Punt e Mes, root liquor, Herbsaint, and flamed orange peel.

9. Ecco

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40 7th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(404) 347-9555
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Upgrade that glass of red wine with mezcal and Fernet bitters. It's called The Red Wedding, and it's made behind the bar at Ecco.

10. Seed Kitchen & Bar

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1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068
(678) 214-6888
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Try the Pomme Chaud at Seed. With French apple brandy, a hot apple cider with house-infused spices, ginger allspice dram rinse, and vanilla whipped cream, this is one hot toddy.

11. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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Sometimes only a Hot Buttered Rum will do, and you can find one with rum, spice-compounded butter, and hot water at Pinewood.

12. 4th & Swift

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621 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 904-0160
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This winter at 4th & Swift, try the Paper Moon, made with cane juice rum, a red wine apertif, elderflower liqueur, spiced quince, prosecco, lemon, and Jamaican #1 bitters.

1. One Eared Stag

1029 Edgewood Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Nothing warms you up faster than a bit of bourbon. What happens if you add Armagnac, whole leaf tobacco tea, molasses, orange, smoked maple, and vanilla bean syrup? You get One Eared Stag's Trampoline Curtis’s Magic Potion.
1029 Edgewood Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

2. St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Ford Fry's latest outpost is also a hotspot for cocktails. Try Lara Creasy's Evil Ways, made with Spanish brandy, Licor 43, sherry, salt, and a marcona almond-stuffed olive.
3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

3. The Lawrence

905 Juniper St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
The winter cocktail menu at The Lawrence feels across-the-board cozy. Try the Highland Masala with chai-spiced Scotch, walnut liqueur, sweet potato, lemon, ginger, and nutmeg.
905 Juniper St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Why choose between coffee and bourbon when you can have them both in Leon's Muddy Waters, made with coffee-infused bourbon, China China, vanilla, creme de cacao, and absinthe. You're welcome. [Photo]
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

5. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Miles Macquarrie's Frost Bite, with aged white rum, aquavit, douglas fir liquor, lime, blood orange, and juniper is winter in a glass.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

6. Parish Foods & Goods

240 N Highland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Don't have a fireplace at home? Not to worry, Arianne Fielder's Building on Fire at Parish, featuring tequila, Madeira, citrus amaro, and local pepper whiskey tincture, will keep you nice and toasty.
240 N Highland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

7. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Take some cognac, add sherry, vermouth, mole bitters, and toasted star anise, and you have Kevin Bragg's Soul of a Man, available at Seven Lamps.
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

8. Empire State South

999 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Whether or not the temperature will be right for a round on bocce on the patio, one sip of the El Draque at Empire State South will make you forget all about this strange winter weather. The cocktail features rum, sherry, Punt e Mes, root liquor, Herbsaint, and flamed orange peel.
999 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

9. Ecco

40 7th St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Upgrade that glass of red wine with mezcal and Fernet bitters. It's called The Red Wedding, and it's made behind the bar at Ecco.
40 7th St NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

10. Seed Kitchen & Bar

1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504, Marietta, GA 30068
Try the Pomme Chaud at Seed. With French apple brandy, a hot apple cider with house-infused spices, ginger allspice dram rinse, and vanilla whipped cream, this is one hot toddy.
1311 Johnson Ferry Rd, Ste 504
Marietta, GA 30068

11. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Sometimes only a Hot Buttered Rum will do, and you can find one with rum, spice-compounded butter, and hot water at Pinewood.
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

12. 4th & Swift

621 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
This winter at 4th & Swift, try the Paper Moon, made with cane juice rum, a red wine apertif, elderflower liqueur, spiced quince, prosecco, lemon, and Jamaican #1 bitters.
621 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

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