Atlanta’s Southern Cocktails

Get to sippin’ y’all!

There are two things most every Southerner can appreciate: patio weather and a perfectly mixed cocktail. And while our current 90 degree temps aren’t necessarily the perfect patio weather, what better way to combat this blazing heat than with a cool drink in hand? Head to one of these restaurants and try some of the city’s best Southern-inspired cocktails. One sip and you’ll swear you’re on your grandma’s front porch in a rocking chair.

JCT Kitchen & Bar

You can’t get much more Southern than iced tea, and you can’t go wrong with JCT Kitchen’s JCTea. It’s a tea-infused gin with a splash of Grand Marnier, lemon, and orange bitters. A citrusy, boozy take on iced tea — both delicious and sneakily strong.

JCT Kitchen | 1198 Howell Mill Rd NW | Atlanta, GA 30318 | 404.355.2252
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Paying homage to our home state, Parish stirs it up with The Georgia Peach, a sweet blend of Firefly Sweet Tea vodka, peach puree, and lemonade. It’s a little bit sweet, a little bit tart, and all Georgian. So good, you might not stop at just one. But as Scarlet O’Hara once said…fiddle dee dee, you can worry about that tomorrow.

Parish | 240 N. Highland Ave.| Atlanta, GA 30307 | 404.681.4434
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The Family Dog

If you went to college in the South, you probably know what “hunch punch” is — a potent mixture of grain alcohol and various juices, usually mixed in large quantities in either a cooler, a (new) garbage can, or (even worse), a bath tub. Ah, college. The Family Dog classes up the stuff with “The Angry Elk,” a combination of 151-proof Everclear (you heard me), fruit punch, and fresh fruit.

The Family Dog | 1402 N. Highland Ave | Atlanta, GA 30306 | 404.249.0180
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The Shed At Glenwood

There’s something gracefully Southern about a mint julep with all its Kentucky bourbon goodness, and The Shed at Glenwood puts a modern twist on this classic libation. Their Orange Basil Mint Julep starts with muddled orange, then bourbon is poured on with a little basil-infused syrup and club soda to top it off. Flavorful and refreshing.

The Shed at Glenwood | 475 Bill Kennedy Way SE | Atlanta, GA 30316 | 404.835.4363
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How about a boozed-up lemonade milkshake? Don’t mind if I do! Every good Southerner knows the merits of an ice cold glass of lemonade, and HOBNOB takes lemonade to a whole new level. They blend lemon sorbet with lemonade, champagne and vodka. It’s light and lemony — perfect for hot weather.

HOBNOB | 1551 Piedmont Ave NE | Atlanta, GA 30324 | 404.968.2288
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