Tag Archives: Cocktails


4 reasons to consider ordering a low-ABV cocktail

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Morning Side Daiquiri at Kimball House. Credit: Beth McKibben

It may seem odd to be talking about low-ABV (alcohol-by-volume) cocktails during the world’s largest booze conference. This year’s Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans has crowned the martini its king and seminar subjects include everything from umami flavor in drinks to rare vintage spirits to 400 years of drinking on the high seas. But building a better low-ABV cocktail or session cocktail is on the minds of many of the nearly 15,000 bartenders who’ve converged on the Crescent City for the annual industry conference.

During the Atlanta Food ...

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New York Mezcal Mecca Mayahuel Will Close

Source: Grub Street NY

When it rains, it pours. The owners of downtown mezcal bar Mayahuel announced that it will close on August 8. It’s the fourth notable New York establishment that has been revealed to be on the way out since Friday, joining Franny’s, the short-lived Mr. Donahue’s, and

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First Look: Brine Seafood Shack is open at Avalon in Alpharetta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Brine Seafood Shack’s small lobster roll, served hot. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

“Cape Cod-meets-Santa Monica” is one of the ways chef-owner Marc Taft of Marietta’s Chicken and the Egg explains Brine Seafood Shack, his new chic but laid-back restaurant at the Avalon retail complex in Alpharetta.

The multilevel, choose-your-own-experience dining destination clearly has a lot going on, including indoor, outdoor and rooftop seating under a retractable roof, with two bars, a takeout window and lunch, dinner and rooftop menus.

The menus, created by Taft and Brine chef de cuisine David Connolly, previously of Two Urban Licks and Tap, feature sustainable ...

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Stock Up: Three Things You Need for Summer Drinks

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Time to freshen up that drinks cart. New barware, new wine to share with your friends, new shot glasses that will enhance your appreciation of tequila.

Elegant Retro Barware

For almost 20 years, City Issue has been your stop for everything mid-century. Everywhere you look in this Inman Park shop, you find pristine vintage furniture, art and home accessories. But what caught our eye was their barware. Punch sets and cocktail shakers, ice buckets and decanters, and more sets of cocktail glasses from highball to Collins to champagne coupes than you could possibly have shelves for. Everything’s in perfect condition. ...

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Food and dining news of the week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sunday is National Ice Cream Day find out how to celebrate below./Photo by Chris Hunt.

4 Rivers Smokehouse is opening tomorrow. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on July 25 at 9 a.m. to celebrate the new location for the barbecue chain. AJC announced last fall that 4 Rivers would be opening its first Georgia location bringing some of the southeast’s best barbecue to Atlanta.

4 Rivers Smokehouse, 822 Marietta St NW, Atlanta. 844-474-8377. 4rsmokehouse.com.

Osteria Mattone is open on Mondays beginning July 17. The Italian restaurant in Roswell will now be open from 5 – 9:30 p.m. for dinner service.


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12 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Food

Travel to the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca on Thursday at 6:45 PM with the Smithsonian’s evening program and tasting, “Mezcal: Small Batch, Big Flavor.” Guests learn about Mezcal production, its unique tie to the Oaxacan culture, and the reason for its recent rise in popularity from ThinkFoodGroup mixologist Miguel Lancha and Washington Post food and dining editor Joe Yonan. Tickets cost […]

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Get $0.77 drink specials at this sushi spot all summer long

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Nakato restaurant is celebrating the Japanese festival Tanabata with discounted drinks. Pair your beverage with a Tanabata roll (pictured)./Photo courtesy of Nakato.

Next time a sushi craving strikes, head to Nakato. But don’t just order sushi. Take advantage of its drink deals.

Beginning today, July 12, customers can get Nakato Draft Beer, Gekkeikan Sake, and well liquor for just $0.77 each,. The promotion is good Mondays through Thursdays, until August 31.

The drink deal is one way that Nakato owners are celebrating their favorite holiday, The Stars Festival. Known as Tanabata, the festival recalls the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikososhi ...

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Krista and Jerry Slater are consulting on a new restaurant: City Pharmacy

Source: Atlanta Magazine

A vintage photograph of City Pharmacy back in its heyday.Photograph courtesy of Tedo and Sasha Stone, the owners of City Pharmacy. You most likely know Jerry Slater as the owner of H. Harper Station, the popular train depot-turned-bar in Reynoldstown that garnered praise for its masterful cocktails but sadly shuttered in April 2016. But Slater has always had a foot in the restaurant industry. His mom was a “fixer” for Pizza Hut—the person sent in to turn underperforming stores around, and Slater delivered pizzas in high school. He put himself through college by working in restaurants. After earning a literature ...

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Black Restaurant Week is headed to Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution


Negril Village Atlanta is one of a handful of restaurants participating in Atlanta Black Restaurant Week, which brings awareness to the black culinary community./Photo credit: Negril Village Atlanta.

After a successful inaugural appearance in Houston last spring, Black Restaurant Week is expanding to Atlanta.

The event was created to help showcase the black culinary industry in America and bring attention to the importance of diversity in the food industry.

From July 31 to August 13, Atlantans will be able to eat their way through various food events that will feature black Atlanta chefs and/or black-owned restaurants. Diners will be ...

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First Look: The Canteen brings ‘micro food hall’ to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Salatim bowl from Yalla at the Canteen, with chef’s daily selection of seasonal vegetables. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Presented as a “micro food hall,” the Canteen in Midtown is the latest project from chef Todd Ginsberg and the team behind the General Muir at Emory Point, and Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla at Krog Street Market.

Situated in the former Spence space on Fifth Street at Tech Square, the tidy layout features three food stalls, including the latest versions of Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, and the new TGM Bagel.

Plus, there’s the new Square Bar, which looks ...

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Cake Life Combines Desserts, Booze With New Pairing Series

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Cake Life Bake Shop/Facebook

Cake Life Bake Shop wants to help make your summer a sweeter — and boozier — with a weekly dessert and beverage pairing series at their shop at 1306 Frankford Avenue.

Every Thursday from July 13th through August 17th, Cake Life will host a beverage expert, who will walk guests through pairing five different wines, cocktails, or spirits with different desserts. Riley Duffie of New York importer VOS Selections will kick off the series on July 13th with a tasting of five dessert wines and champagnes paired with five desserts specially prepared for the evening.

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Where to drink frozen cocktails in Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The rosé-based frosé is the frozen cocktail of the summer./Photo credit: Melissa Libby & Associates/Drift Fish House.

There may be few things better than sipping a cool drink on a shady patio as Atlanta heads into the dog days of summer. Bartenders around the country have been breaking out the blender this season in favor of boozy slushies and frozen drinks. No, not those sugar-laden, store-bought mixers topped off with cheap booze and blended within an inch of their lives. (Re)consider the frozen cocktail at one of these six metro Atlanta bars who’ve given the maligned drink a much-needed update ...

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3 Reasons to drink mocktails this summer

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

While the pineapple agua fresca is no longer on the menu at Alma Cocina, the restaurant is serving up two other mocktails: Passionfruit Ginger Agua Fresca and Strawberry Mint Agua Fresca./ Photo credit: The Reynold’s Group.

It’s officially summer and the temperatures have been sizzling all week. There is nothing more refreshing than a chilled drink. House made bitters, fizzy sodas, muddled herbs- they all seem to hydrate our system and revive our spirits. But we often only think of alcoholic cocktails. Besides the obvious reasons not to imbibe, like age or medical restrictions, here are three other reasons to ...

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First Look: The Roast debuts fast-casual dining at Whole Foods

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chimichurri Beef bowl, Crispy Cauliflower bowl, and Peachy Duck Buck Mule cocktail at The Roast./ Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

While the news nationally is the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods, here in Atlanta it’s the opening of The Roast, a new fast-casual restaurant located adjacent to the recently remodeled Whole Foods Market on Ponce De Leon Avenue, near Ponce City Market.

Positioned as a first-of-its-kind dining concept for Whole Foods, the Brazilian-style churrasco offers a variety of build your own bowls, with fire-roasted proteins and vegetables, greens, grains and signature sauces, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

There are ...

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Food news roundup: Fourth of July edition

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fireworks over Stone Mountain in Atlanta, Georgia.

Happy 4th of July!

4 places to celebrate July 4th in metro Atlanta

It’s watermelon season. Get creative with these recipes

Stock Up: Three Tools for the Perfect All-American Meal for the Fourth of July

Four foodie ways to enjoy the AJC Peachtree Road Race

The summer’s best barbecue cookbooks

Fire up the grill for these hamburgers

Get grilling with these recipes

Step up your grilling game with these steak recipes

Photos: Everything you need for your grill

Follow these food safety tips for your July 4th cookout

 Restaurant News

Food news roundup: Fourth of July edition

Ecco gets a new exec chef

Fifth ...

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It’s watermelon season. Get creative with these recipes

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Creating a watermelon keg only takes three ingredients: a watermelon, a bottle of rosé, and some orange vodka./Photo by Rachel Taylor

The best way to beat the summer heat is with fresh, juicy watermelon. While a wedge of ice cold watermelon is cooling on its own, we’ve got a few ways to get creative with this bigger-than-your-head fruit this summer:

Serve a watermelon punch keg at your summer party

Create a summer slushy with lavender honey and watermelon

Change up your salad game with this refreshing watermelon salad


4 places to celebrate July 4th in metro Atlanta

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6 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Food

Have a drink this Thursday at 7 PM at the National Archives Museum, and you’ll get to hear about cocktail history, too. The event, part of the History Happy Hour series, features nine local mixologists including Christine Kim of Tico and The Riggsby, Megan Barnes of Espita, and Aaron Joseph of Bourbon Steak. History buffs and cocktail-lovers […]

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How Employees Only Moved to Asia — Staff Included

Source: Grub Street NY

Behind the curved bar at Employees Only the other night, a white-jacketed bartender dutifully measured and mixed a signature Manhattan. Waiters ferried orders of steak tartare and bone-marrow poppers to diners seated at red café tables. Near the entrance, a psychic told fortunes. And, 30 minutes before closing, homemade …

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3 batched cocktails to serve at your summer party (with recipes)

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Unsure of what drinks to serve your summer party guests? A low-alcohol batched cocktail or punch is a pro move./ Photo by Beth McKibben

With summer’s arrival and the Fourth of July holiday upon us, you’re likely getting ready to throw your annual yay, America! soiree in the backyard or planning a few weekend porch and pool gatherings with friends. The easy part is deciding on what food to serve your crowd. Not so much is the decision for keeping your guests refreshed and, more importantly, from becoming overly intoxicated. Sure, beer and wine are great but why be boring?


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The Best BBQs, Pool Parties, and Rooftop Fireworks for July 4th In DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

Planning to celebrate Independence Day in our nation’s capital? These bars, restaurants, and hotels in the DC-area are celebrating July 4th with barbecues, pool parties, crab feasts, and more. Events are on Tuesday, July 4th unless otherwise noted. Rooftop BBQ at Rosewood 1050 31st St., NW Skip the Georgetown crowds and watch the fireworks high […]

The Best BBQs, Pool Parties, and Rooftop Fireworks for July 4th In DC” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Himitsu’s cocktail king vies for International Bartender of the Year title

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Shingo Gokan of Himitsu is a finalist for a 2017 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Award./Photo by Hyosub Shin.

If you’ve enjoyed the cocktails at Tokyo-style cocktail lounge Himitsu since it opened in the fall of 2015, you can credit, in part, its creative director Shingo Gokan. Now, Gokan is getting credit from the cocktail and spirits industries as he was named a 2017 Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards finalist.

Gokan is one of four bartenders vying for the title of International Bartender of the Year. Also in contention for the honor are Erik Lorincz of The American ...

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Have Your Latté and Drink Your Cocktail at Takoma Park’s New All-Day Cafe

Source: Washingtonian Food

People who like good coffee are often the kind of people who like good wine and cocktails. That was the thinking behind cousins Seth Cook and Chris Brown’s first restaurant, Takoma Beverage Company, which opened Sunday. The shop serves up coffee and pastries in the mornings, then transitions to cocktails, beer, and wine in the afternoon and […]

Have Your Latté and Drink Your Cocktail at Takoma Park’s New All-Day Cafe” was first published on Washingtonian.

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Take a tour of The Canteen, a new micro food hall in Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Interior of the new micro food hall, The Canteen./Photo by Rachel Taylor.

The new micro food hall, The Canteen, opened on Monday.

Located at 75 Fifth Street NW at Tech Square in Midtown,  The Canteen is the latest venture from business partners Todd Ginsberg, Shelley Sweet, and Jennifer and Ben Johnson – the team behind The General Muir and other Atlanta restaurant concepts.

We took a tour of the new food hall that houses Fred’s Meat & Bread and Yalla, both of which also have locations in Krog Street Market, as well as General Muir bakery spinoff TGM Bagel and ...

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Rum cocktails are $3.21 in Cobb and Gwinnett counties this week

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Rum cocktails are $3.21 at Bahama Breeze this week./Photo credit: Linda Costa Communications Group.

Five drinks, one price.

Bahama Breeze is turning 21 and to celebrate, the restaurant is offering five Caribbean Legendary Island rum cocktails for $3.21 each from June 19-25. Cocktail favorites include the British Virgin Islands’ Painkiller featuring Pusser’s dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple and orange juice plus ground nutmeg; Bahamas’ Goombay Smash comprised with Cruzan coconut, Spiced and Bacardi Black rums mixed with orange and pineapple juice; and Bermuda’s Dark and Stormy featuring Gosling’s Black Seal rum and a zip of ginger beer.

In the ...

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7 Places to Drink (and Eat) Activated Charcoal Around DC

Source: Washingtonian Food

Black-colored foods in the world are few and far between: black beans, black sesame, black garlic, squid ink pasta. But in recent years, a whole host of other foods in striking black and gray hues—ice cream, lattés, pizza, tea, juice, and more—have taken over Instagram. The culprit? Activated charcoal, made from burnt coconut shells processed […]

7 Places to Drink (and Eat) Activated Charcoal Around DC” was first published on Washingtonian.

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