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14 Epic Cocktails to Sip in Atlanta This Spring

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Now that you know where to day drink, here's what to drink while you're blowing off work and hanging out on Atlanta's best patios. Yes, hours of arduous research went into creating this definitive list of epic spring cocktails. So say good-bye to that pitcher of watered-down margaritas and hello to your new favorite libations.
Laura Scholz


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Paper Plane

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It's no secret that Paul Calvert serves up some stellar cocktails at the also not-so-secret speakeasy Paper Plane in Decatur. Get the Herbert West, with Bluecoat gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, La Muse Verte Pastis, and hints of citrus from lemon and Combier Pamplemousse.

Leon's Full Service

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For an alternative to the endless parade of same-old, same-old Pimm's cups, try Miles Macquarrie's Bitter in a Bottle, withSt. George gin, Pimm’s no. 1, luxardo bitter, lemon, and fever-tree bitter lemon. Don't let the peach color or the kitschy bottle fool you—this is one serious spring cocktail.

Empire State South

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Empire State South's Ma Vie En Rose may sound (and look) sweet, but it has edge. This libation from bar manager Kellie Thorne packs G’Vine Florasion Gin, Suze, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Briotett Crème de cassis, scented Orgeat, and lemon all into one pretty— but potent— pink package.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

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The South meets South America in principal barkeep Julian Goglia's interpretation of the caipirinha, the Confederados. This drink's aged cachaca, rum, lime, watermelon shrub, sugar, and pickled watermelon rind will make you want to book the next flight to Rio.

H. Harper Station

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As the name suggests, H. Harper's Clermont Luau is a Southern cocktail/tiki drink mash-up that provides the best of both worlds. Basil Hayden bourbon, pecan orgeat, orange juice, velvet falernum, and a dash of Fee's Aromatic pack a punch.

KR SteakBar

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The Streets at Dusk cocktail at KR SteakBar has Sombra mezcal, cocchi do Torino, CioCiaro amaro, lime and lemon, and whiskey barrel and creole bitters. It's topped with Barritts ginger beer and garnished with a candied mole spiced grapefruit peel. You will not regret trying it.

No. 246

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What's better than Negroni? Bottle-aged Negroni. No. 246's bottle-aged white Negroni has gin, Suze, and Cocchi Americano and was stored in barrels for nearly two months to maximize your drinking pleasure.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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Strawberries get star treatment in the Passenger Side at Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Crafted by head bartender Brian Ferraro, the sweetness of the spring fruit in the house-made strawberry balsamic vinegar shrub is tempered by Rittenhouse 100 rye and Zucca (rhubarb) amaro.

Seven Lamps

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Sick of margaritas? Try the Thai-rita at Seven Lamps, a sous vide concoction from head "mixtress" and bar manager Arianne Fielder. Her version mixes Thai flavors like fresh ginger, basil, and lemon grass with Esposon Reposado tequila, agave nectar, and citrus for a balanced, tart spring treat.

Local Three

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Like your fruity cocktails with a kick? Stop by Local Three for the Malaca-ness Monster, a combination of Tanqueray Malacca, Bitter Truth Apricot Liquer, Cynar, and orange blossom water.

Holeman & Finch Public House

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There's a reason Holeman & Finch Public House consistently lands in those "best of" bar lists. Part of that reason? The Heathrow Cocktail, with Peychaud's bitters, Imbue Petal and Thorn, Cynar, Knickerbocker Gin, and a spring-y grapefruit twist.

Even better than Canoe's riverside bar in spring? Sitting there while drinking the Callaway, which mixes house-made bitters with Bristow gin and Lindemans Cherry Kriek for a sweet and sour finish.

Proof and Provision

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Take a break from margaritas with Proof and Provision's Bright Flash. Bartender Nate Shuman's sophisticated take on the cocktail classic includes Reposado tequila, Campari, fresh lime juice, and house-made grapefruit soda.

Joystick Gamebar

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Joystick Gamebar's Rum Ting Ting is a sweet and savory twist on the Tiki cocktail. Bar manager Kysha Cyrus mixes Blackwell Jamaican rum, Flor de Caña white rum, lime, agave, house mango-curry leaf shrub, and Angostura bitters to better fuel your game night.

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Paper Plane

It's no secret that Paul Calvert serves up some stellar cocktails at the also not-so-secret speakeasy Paper Plane in Decatur. Get the Herbert West, with Bluecoat gin, Cocchi Americano Rosa, La Muse Verte Pastis, and hints of citrus from lemon and Combier Pamplemousse.

Leon's Full Service

For an alternative to the endless parade of same-old, same-old Pimm's cups, try Miles Macquarrie's Bitter in a Bottle, withSt. George gin, Pimm’s no. 1, luxardo bitter, lemon, and fever-tree bitter lemon. Don't let the peach color or the kitschy bottle fool you—this is one serious spring cocktail.

Empire State South

Empire State South's Ma Vie En Rose may sound (and look) sweet, but it has edge. This libation from bar manager Kellie Thorne packs G’Vine Florasion Gin, Suze, Dolin Blanc Vermouth, Briotett Crème de cassis, scented Orgeat, and lemon all into one pretty— but potent— pink package.

The Pinewood Tippling Room

The South meets South America in principal barkeep Julian Goglia's interpretation of the caipirinha, the Confederados. This drink's aged cachaca, rum, lime, watermelon shrub, sugar, and pickled watermelon rind will make you want to book the next flight to Rio.

H. Harper Station

As the name suggests, H. Harper's Clermont Luau is a Southern cocktail/tiki drink mash-up that provides the best of both worlds. Basil Hayden bourbon, pecan orgeat, orange juice, velvet falernum, and a dash of Fee's Aromatic pack a punch.

KR SteakBar

The Streets at Dusk cocktail at KR SteakBar has Sombra mezcal, cocchi do Torino, CioCiaro amaro, lime and lemon, and whiskey barrel and creole bitters. It's topped with Barritts ginger beer and garnished with a candied mole spiced grapefruit peel. You will not regret trying it.

No. 246

What's better than Negroni? Bottle-aged Negroni. No. 246's bottle-aged white Negroni has gin, Suze, and Cocchi Americano and was stored in barrels for nearly two months to maximize your drinking pleasure.

Wrecking Bar Brewpub

Strawberries get star treatment in the Passenger Side at Wrecking Bar Brewpub. Crafted by head bartender Brian Ferraro, the sweetness of the spring fruit in the house-made strawberry balsamic vinegar shrub is tempered by Rittenhouse 100 rye and Zucca (rhubarb) amaro.

Seven Lamps

Sick of margaritas? Try the Thai-rita at Seven Lamps, a sous vide concoction from head "mixtress" and bar manager Arianne Fielder. Her version mixes Thai flavors like fresh ginger, basil, and lemon grass with Esposon Reposado tequila, agave nectar, and citrus for a balanced, tart spring treat.

Local Three

Like your fruity cocktails with a kick? Stop by Local Three for the Malaca-ness Monster, a combination of Tanqueray Malacca, Bitter Truth Apricot Liquer, Cynar, and orange blossom water.

Holeman & Finch Public House

There's a reason Holeman & Finch Public House consistently lands in those "best of" bar lists. Part of that reason? The Heathrow Cocktail, with Peychaud's bitters, Imbue Petal and Thorn, Cynar, Knickerbocker Gin, and a spring-y grapefruit twist.

Canoe

Even better than Canoe's riverside bar in spring? Sitting there while drinking the Callaway, which mixes house-made bitters with Bristow gin and Lindemans Cherry Kriek for a sweet and sour finish.

Proof and Provision

Take a break from margaritas with Proof and Provision's Bright Flash. Bartender Nate Shuman's sophisticated take on the cocktail classic includes Reposado tequila, Campari, fresh lime juice, and house-made grapefruit soda.

Joystick Gamebar

Joystick Gamebar's Rum Ting Ting is a sweet and savory twist on the Tiki cocktail. Bar manager Kysha Cyrus mixes Blackwell Jamaican rum, Flor de Caña white rum, lime, agave, house mango-curry leaf shrub, and Angostura bitters to better fuel your game night.

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