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11 of Atlanta's Best Fall/Winter Cocktails

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Local ingredients from chocolate bitters to persimmons and even hay shine in this season's Atlanta cocktails. Cozy up at some of Atlanta's best watering holes for all things boozy and bubbly to get you through the dark, cold nights.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Common Quarter

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1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA
Cider gets an extra kick at Common Quarter. The Porch Cider features dark rum, allspice dram, apple shrub, and ginger beer.

2. St. Cecilia

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3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 554-9995
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St. Cecilia's cocktails are just as stellar as its food. Try the Nights of Cabiria, with gin, amaretto, orange cordial, and topped with rosemary twig and prosecco for a festive twist. [Photo: Emily Schultz.]

3. Holeman & Finch Public House

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2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 948-1175
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With rye whiskey, sherry, green apple syrup, lemon juice, and green chartreuse, the Ol’ Blind Darby at Holeman & Finch is fall in a glass.

4. Lusca

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1829 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 705-1486
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New Lusca general manager and beverage director Stuart White debuts his fall cocktail menu this week. His favorite? The Elephant & Castle, made with gin, spiced pear, raspberry, chartreuse, lime, and egg white.

5. Bocado

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887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 815-1399
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Who says tiki drinks are just for summer? Cozy up to the bar at Bocado with the Super Tuff. The rye, cynar, and punt e mes give warmth and spice to the rum and tiki bitters. [Photo]

6. 4th & Swift

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621 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
(678) 904-0160
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Local bean-to-bar chocolate Xocolatl takes center stage in beverage director Chris Gianaras's True West, with reposado tequila, madeira, amaro, benedictine, and Xocolatl mole bitters.

7. The Sound Table

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483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 835-2534
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The Sound Table's Golden Ticket, made with an earthy potato vodka, vanilla syrup, egg white, and nutmeg, is the ultimate seasonal, sophisticated drink.

8. The Pinewood

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254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 373-5507
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Local persimmons take center stage in Julian Goglia's Curse Your Branches at The Pinewood. The fall fruit mixes perfectly with bourbon, local honey, lemon, vermouth, pimento dram, and bitters for a smooth, autumnal sipper.

9. Paper Plane

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
Newly promoted bar manager Martin Hwang conceived the fall menu at this Decatur hotspot. A highlight is the Stick-ball, with Pimm's #1, sherry, pear, lemon, tonic, and mint.

10. Victory Sandwich Bar

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340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 377-9300
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The El Vampiro is perfect for late nights at Victory. Shanna Mayo's tequila-based drink, which also includes house grapefruit cordial, lime, and China-China amer, is one of her first on the menu since taking over as bar manager this summer.

11. Kimball House

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303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 378-3502
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Leave it to Miles Macquarrie at Kimball House to finish a drink with "hay essence." The Decatur bar's Alpine Dream is full of big fall flavors like notes of herbs, pine, apple, citrus, cognac, gin, and genepy from the French Alps, plus the aforementioned hay essence, made by toasting hay with a brûlée torch and then cooking it sous vide with blended scotch to capture the musty aroma.

1. Common Quarter

1205 Johnson Ferry Dr., Marietta, GA
Cider gets an extra kick at Common Quarter. The Porch Cider features dark rum, allspice dram, apple shrub, and ginger beer.
1205 Johnson Ferry Dr.
Marietta, GA

2. St. Cecilia

3455 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326
St. Cecilia's cocktails are just as stellar as its food. Try the Nights of Cabiria, with gin, amaretto, orange cordial, and topped with rosemary twig and prosecco for a festive twist. [Photo: Emily Schultz.]
3455 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30326

3. Holeman & Finch Public House

2277 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
With rye whiskey, sherry, green apple syrup, lemon juice, and green chartreuse, the Ol’ Blind Darby at Holeman & Finch is fall in a glass.
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

4. Lusca

1829 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
New Lusca general manager and beverage director Stuart White debuts his fall cocktail menu this week. His favorite? The Elephant & Castle, made with gin, spiced pear, raspberry, chartreuse, lime, and egg white.
1829 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309

5. Bocado

887 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318
Who says tiki drinks are just for summer? Cozy up to the bar at Bocado with the Super Tuff. The rye, cynar, and punt e mes give warmth and spice to the rum and tiki bitters. [Photo]
887 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

6. 4th & Swift

621 North Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308
Local bean-to-bar chocolate Xocolatl takes center stage in beverage director Chris Gianaras's True West, with reposado tequila, madeira, amaro, benedictine, and Xocolatl mole bitters.
621 North Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30308

7. The Sound Table

483 Edgewood Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30312
The Sound Table's Golden Ticket, made with an earthy potato vodka, vanilla syrup, egg white, and nutmeg, is the ultimate seasonal, sophisticated drink.
483 Edgewood Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

8. The Pinewood

254 W Ponce de Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Local persimmons take center stage in Julian Goglia's Curse Your Branches at The Pinewood. The fall fruit mixes perfectly with bourbon, local honey, lemon, vermouth, pimento dram, and bitters for a smooth, autumnal sipper.
254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

9. Paper Plane

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
Newly promoted bar manager Martin Hwang conceived the fall menu at this Decatur hotspot. A highlight is the Stick-ball, with Pimm's #1, sherry, pear, lemon, tonic, and mint.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

10. Victory Sandwich Bar

340 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030
The El Vampiro is perfect for late nights at Victory. Shanna Mayo's tequila-based drink, which also includes house grapefruit cordial, lime, and China-China amer, is one of her first on the menu since taking over as bar manager this summer.
340 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

11. Kimball House

303 E Howard Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
Leave it to Miles Macquarrie at Kimball House to finish a drink with "hay essence." The Decatur bar's Alpine Dream is full of big fall flavors like notes of herbs, pine, apple, citrus, cognac, gin, and genepy from the French Alps, plus the aforementioned hay essence, made by toasting hay with a brûlée torch and then cooking it sous vide with blended scotch to capture the musty aroma.
303 E Howard Ave
Decatur, GA 30030

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