Beer & Wine: Cocktails for the Season

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Published by: Belinda Skelton on Wednesday December 14th, 2016

Belinda Skelton

Tis the season!  The shopping, the stress, the traffic.  I need a drink!  Here are some great places to imbibe away that holiday stress!

Nine Mile Station

 In the spirit of the holiday season, the newly open beer garden and restaurant atop Ponce City Market is offering craft cocktails with a seasonal twist. Sip on an Old-Fashioned Toddy mixed with 1792 Bourbon or a Skyline Coffee spiked with Rittenhouse Rye and Kafka Coffee Liqueur to keep the winter chill at bay.

Cocktails for the Season

Skyline Park

This is not your usual cider! To keep toasty while playing midway games this holiday season, Skyline Park is serving up hot cider, crafted with Tullamore Dew Irish Whiskey, rosemary, lemon and apple cider.


The Iberian Pig

This holiday season The Iberian Pig will be shaking up “The Gold Watch” cocktail to get guests in the spirit. This boozy sipper is a mix of Papa’s Pilar dark rum, rye whiskey, averna, yellow Chartreuse and lemon to create a butterscotch and chocolaty sip.

Cocktails for the Season

Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta 

Try Hard Rock’s new bourbon milk punch, featuring Jim Beam red stag bourbon, RumChata, monin spiced brown sugar and milk, topped with whipped cream, a caramel drizzle and spiced pecans. Or try the tropical maria sangria and alcohol-free pomegranate cooler. In the spirit of giving this holiday season, for every Maria Sangria and Pomegranate Cooler purchased, Pepsico will donate 50 cents to the Hard Rock Heals Foundation, which aims to improve lives through the power of music. All of these cocktails are available from now until Sunday, January 29.

Serpas True Food

Jingle all the way through the holidays with this seasonal twist on a classic cocktail, “The Chai Mule.” Carefully crafted with Chai-infused vodka, house-made ginger syrup and a splash of soda, this concoction will have guests welcoming winter with open arms.

Eclipse di Luna

For a taste of the holidays, stop by Eclipse di Luna and try a delightfully sweet “Coopers Burberry.” Created with Coopers Craft bourbon and cranberry sauce, and topped with ginger beer, cranberries, orange and a dash of cinnamon, this flavorful cocktail is the perfect complement to the Spanish restaurant’s new seasonal menu.

The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead

In the mood for something exclusively Atlanta? Look no further than the Lobby Lounge at The Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead. Appropriately named The Legend, the cozy cocktail uses house-infused bourbon limoncello, blending the flavors of the south with those of an Italian aperitif. The beverage is completed with fresh lemon and honey syrup harvested from the hotel’s rooftop honey bee apiary, making it something guests can truly find no place else.


Take a trip to Christmases past at Ecco this year with historically inspired cocktails, including the Hemingway’s Holiday with Gosling’s black seal rum, St. Elizabeth all spice dram and fresh orange, and the Applexander Hamilton prepared with High West double rye whiskey, Laird’s applejack, cinnamon syrup and an absinthe rinse.


Those yearning for a trip to the seaside this season will enjoy the next-best thing at Midtown seafood staple Lure. This year, the cocktail menu’s Le Saboteur steals the show, featuring Bulleit bourbon, Frangelico, Berentzen, Montenegro Amaro, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice and apple bitters.

Alma Cocina

Attending the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Holiday Parade on Peachtree or bringing out of town guests to some of downtown Atlanta’s greatest attractions? Take a trip to Alma Cocina at 191 Peachtree St. and toast the season with a Dios Mio, made with Fidencio Classico Mezcal, pomegranate molasses and house-made ginger elixir.

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar

Southern Art is adding a special kick this holiday season with the Tequila Mockingbird, featuring cuervo reposado tequila, rosemary sage syrup, whiskey barrel aged bitters, lemon juice and fresh cranberry juice.

Artmore Hotel

Artmore Hotel’s Studio Bar will be spreading a whole lot of holiday cheer this season with hand-crafted cocktails. The holiday cocktail menu includes: Christmas Sangria, featuring chopped apples, apple vodka, cranberries, teaspoon cinnamon, ginger syrup, red wine and ginger ale; hornitos tequila toddy cocktail with hornitos plata tequila, honey, agave nectar, lemon wedge, cinnamon stick, cloves and hot water; and the French 65 cocktail boasting Cointreau, angostura bitters, sparkling wine, an orange twist and champagne flute.