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15 Spring Cocktails to Try in Atlanta Right Now

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Spring flavors abound on local menus these days, and the cocktail lists haven't been left out. From honeysuckle and violet to arugula and peas (yes, peas!), no seasonal ingredient is off limits. Below, find 15 new spring cocktails currently served in Atlanta restaurants and bars. Have another favorite? Leave it in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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Bar manager Sara Justice's Bad Reputation is a sly, soft take on the Old Fashioned. Honeysuckle flower and rum combine with the traditional bourbon, cane syrup, and bitters for a slightly less boozy and more floral version of the classic. [Photo: H&F]

2. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

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292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 221-2600
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Don't overlook the cocktails at this Inman Park brewpub. Vodka gets a spicy makeover when infused with coriander and sesame and mixed with red bell pepper, coffee, and lime in Ian Cox's Red Sun Rising, which recently won the bartender third place at the USBG National Championship in Las Vegas. [Photo: Wrecking Bar]

3. Seven Lamps

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3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 467-8950
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Like your bourbon with a little fizz? Sarsaparilla-smoked bourbon combines with cherry liqueur, vermouth, and lemon in Kevin Bragg's Running in Circles.

4. St. Cecilia

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3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
Arugula is not just for salads. The popular green comes in liquid form at St. Cecilia in the Green River, made with gin, Cynar, cracked pepper, and muddled arugula. [Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee]

5. Leon's Full Service

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131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 687-0500
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Now you can drink your vegetables at Leon's, too, thanks to Shanna Mayo's Peas and Thank You, featuring sugar snap peas, Genever, vermouth, Salers Aperitif, orange bitters, and an Herbsaint rinse. [Photo: Matt Wong]

6. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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What's better than spring flowers in bloom? Fresh foraged violet made into syrup and poured into an antique glass along with gin, lemon, maraschino liqueur, and absinthe in Miles Macquarrie's Aviation #3 at Kimball House. [Photo: Miles Macquarrie]

7. Restaurant Eugene

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2277 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 355-0321
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Bradford Tolleson's A Bouquet takes gin, poppy liqueur, shallot-infused wine, honey syrup, and sea salt and tops them with rosé, Peychaud mist, and a spring flower for a drink as bright as its name suggests. [Photo: Sonia Chopra]

8. JCT Kitchen & Bar

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1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 355-2252
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The Blanche Dubois evokes the femininity and etherealness of its name sake with pisco, orange liqueur, Velvet Falernum, and lemon. [Photo: Emily Schultz]

9. King + Duke

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3060 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
Try the Prince of Whales, with rye, champagne, charred pineapple syrup, maraschino liqueur, and Angostura bitters for a refreshing drink on King + Duke's expansive patio.

10. Cakes & Ale

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155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-7994
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The gin and tonic gets a spring update in Cakes & Ale's Boss Fight, which adds kumquat, Bonal, lemon, and bitters to the classic bases.

11. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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You don't have to choose between tequila and mezcal in Bocado's Shadow Bandit, which combines the spirits with amaro and grapefruit bitters.

12. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
Paul Calvert's Pink City mixes gin with lemon, pink peppercorn, thyme, Bonal, and sparkling wine for a crisp, refreshing spring cocktail.

13. The Pinewood Tippling Room

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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Spring flavors shine in the Dixieland Axeman, made with bourbon, Luxardo Apertivo, syrup, lemon, Herbsaint, and bitters. [Photo: Julian Goglia]

14. Local Three

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3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327
(404) 968-2700
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Newly installed behind the stick at Local Three, bartender Sam Schilf keeps with the restaurant's bourbon tradition with the Buffalo Soldier. In addition to bourbon, find yellow Chartreuse— a lighter, milder, sweeter version than the green version— and orange liqueur, as well as bitters and an expressed lemon peel. [Photo: Michael Mussman]

15. One Flew South

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Terminal E
Atlanta, GA 30337
(404) 816-3464
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In the mood for beer? Georgia Brown features two Georgia-made staples—Richland Rum and the ubiquitous SweetWater 420— as well as anise and peach liqueur.

1. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
Bar manager Sara Justice's Bad Reputation is a sly, soft take on the Old Fashioned. Honeysuckle flower and rum combine with the traditional bourbon, cane syrup, and bitters for a slightly less boozy and more floral version of the classic. [Photo: H&F]
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

2. Wrecking Bar Brewpub

292 Moreland Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307
Don't overlook the cocktails at this Inman Park brewpub. Vodka gets a spicy makeover when infused with coriander and sesame and mixed with red bell pepper, coffee, and lime in Ian Cox's Red Sun Rising, which recently won the bartender third place at the USBG National Championship in Las Vegas. [Photo: Wrecking Bar]
292 Moreland Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

3. Seven Lamps

3400 Around Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Like your bourbon with a little fizz? Sarsaparilla-smoked bourbon combines with cherry liqueur, vermouth, and lemon in Kevin Bragg's Running in Circles.
3400 Around Lenox Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

4. St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
Arugula is not just for salads. The popular green comes in liquid form at St. Cecilia in the Green River, made with gin, Cynar, cracked pepper, and muddled arugula. [Photo: Andrew Thomas Lee]
3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

5. Leon's Full Service

131 E Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Now you can drink your vegetables at Leon's, too, thanks to Shanna Mayo's Peas and Thank You, featuring sugar snap peas, Genever, vermouth, Salers Aperitif, orange bitters, and an Herbsaint rinse. [Photo: Matt Wong]
131 E Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

6. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
What's better than spring flowers in bloom? Fresh foraged violet made into syrup and poured into an antique glass along with gin, lemon, maraschino liqueur, and absinthe in Miles Macquarrie's Aviation #3 at Kimball House. [Photo: Miles Macquarrie]
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

7. Restaurant Eugene

2277 Peachtree Rd, Atlanta, GA 30309
Bradford Tolleson's A Bouquet takes gin, poppy liqueur, shallot-infused wine, honey syrup, and sea salt and tops them with rosé, Peychaud mist, and a spring flower for a drink as bright as its name suggests. [Photo: Sonia Chopra]
2277 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30309

8. JCT Kitchen & Bar

1198 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
The Blanche Dubois evokes the femininity and etherealness of its name sake with pisco, orange liqueur, Velvet Falernum, and lemon. [Photo: Emily Schultz]
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

9. King + Duke

3060 Peachtree Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30305
Try the Prince of Whales, with rye, champagne, charred pineapple syrup, maraschino liqueur, and Angostura bitters for a refreshing drink on King + Duke's expansive patio.
3060 Peachtree Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305

10. Cakes & Ale

155 Sycamore St, Decatur, GA 30030
The gin and tonic gets a spring update in Cakes & Ale's Boss Fight, which adds kumquat, Bonal, lemon, and bitters to the classic bases.
155 Sycamore St
Decatur, GA 30030

11. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
You don't have to choose between tequila and mezcal in Bocado's Shadow Bandit, which combines the spirits with amaro and grapefruit bitters.
887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

12. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
Paul Calvert's Pink City mixes gin with lemon, pink peppercorn, thyme, Bonal, and sparkling wine for a crisp, refreshing spring cocktail.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

13. The Pinewood Tippling Room

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Spring flavors shine in the Dixieland Axeman, made with bourbon, Luxardo Apertivo, syrup, lemon, Herbsaint, and bitters. [Photo: Julian Goglia]
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

14. Local Three

3290 Northside Pkwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327
Newly installed behind the stick at Local Three, bartender Sam Schilf keeps with the restaurant's bourbon tradition with the Buffalo Soldier. In addition to bourbon, find yellow Chartreuse— a lighter, milder, sweeter version than the green version— and orange liqueur, as well as bitters and an expressed lemon peel. [Photo: Michael Mussman]
3290 Northside Pkwy NW
Atlanta, GA 30327

15. One Flew South

Terminal E, Atlanta, GA 30337
In the mood for beer? Georgia Brown features two Georgia-made staples—Richland Rum and the ubiquitous SweetWater 420— as well as anise and peach liqueur.
Terminal E
Atlanta, GA 30337

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