Tag Archives: Cocktails

Atlanta’s favorite over-the-top holiday bar, Miracle, is back and even bigger

Source: Atlanta Magazine

GimletPhoto by Melissa Hom Bad SantaPhoto by Melissa Hom Need a little “Ho-Ho-Ho” in your life? Big Citizen’s Eric Simpkins and Darren Carr, the team behind the Lawrence and Bon Ton, are bringing the New York City-based holiday pop-up Miracle to Atlanta for the second year. Held November 24 through December 24, Miracle is a cocktail bar with over-the-top holiday decorations, holiday-themed drinks, and small plates. “There are certain holidays like Halloween and Christmas when there’s not much for adults without children,” Simpkins says. “Miracle was created for adults to enjoy the holidays.” In 2016, the original Atlanta location Miracle ...

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America’s Most Revered Sushi Chef Opens a New Spot Dedicated to Cocktails and Robata Specialties

Source: Grub Street NY

In the United States, Masayoshi “Masa” Takayama is sushi — or at least really expensive sushi. Before Jiro Dreams of Sushi, it was Masa wants to charge you a fortunate for that exquisite tuna. Over his 37-year career in this country, first in Los Angeles and then in New York, …

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First Look: Italian restaurant Allora debuts at Twelve Hotel Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Allora Carbonara Pizza with Pancetta, Cracked Pepper, Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, and a Farm Egg. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Among the current wave of Italian restaurants popping up around Atlanta, Allora is the newest concept from Concentrics Restaurants, the group behind One Midtown Kitchen, Two Urban Licks, Tap and Parish.

Located inside Twelve Hotel Midtown at Atlantic Station, it replaces another Concentrics restaurant, Lobby Bar and Bistro, and moves executive chef Chris Maher, most recently the co-executive chef at One Midtown Kitchen, to a new starring role.

The remodeled space updates the dramatic circular bar, a leftover from Lobby, ...

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There’ll be two spots for you to drink out of Santa’s head in Atlanta this year

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The hot milk punch Bad Santa at the Miracle pop-up mixes with overproof rum with Batavia Arrack. Photo: Rachel Harrison

Cocktail and Christmas lovers will get an extra gift this year.

Pop-up Christmas-themed cocktail bar Miracle — which debuted in Atlanta as Miracle on Monroe in the Midtown Promenade the day after Thanksgiving last year  — is returning, this time with a second location.

Miracle on Monroe will once again pop up in the Tapa Tapa space at 931 Monroe Dr. NE, Suite C-106, while the new Miracle 2 will be located in The Shops Buckhead Atlanta at 262 Buckhead ...

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Check out a 38-foot gin garnisher this weekend in Atlanta

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Hendricks Gin Garnisher / Contributed photo

An enormous machine has made its way to Atlanta with designs on dressing up your cocktail.

The Hendrick’s Gin Grand Garnisher, a 38-foot cocktail garnishing device, is on tour and has several planned stops in metro Atlanta started today. The semi-automated machine, which can slice cucumbers while cruising at road speeds of up to 25 mph, is powered with a hybrid combination of a large diesel motor and a “well-dressed gentleman pedaling a large-wheeled bicycle,” according to the Hendrick’s website.

The Garnisher started its journey on June 14th — National Cucumber Day — from ...

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Are these Atlanta’s best martinis?

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Photo credit: Watershed on Peachtree

Ask any martini drinker how they take the cocktail and they’ll rattle off their version without hesitation. It could be vodka, slightly dirty with an olive or gin, dry, straight up with a twist or anything in between. The martini’s proportions and base spirit (vodka or gin) are regularly debated. Should it contain vermouth, and, if so, how much? Are bitters necessary? How dirty is too dirty? One could even argue the martini is simply a state of mind.

We spoke with a handful of Atlanta bartenders and avid martini sippers to get their thoughts ...

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This daiquiri will surprise you, then transport you to Ethiopia and Brazil

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

The Hapi Cocktail contains cachaça, rainwater Madeira and green collard shrub. Photo courtesy of The Consulate.

COCKTAIL OF THE WEEK: Hapi Cocktail at The Consulate in Midtown

A well-made daiquiri is a beautiful thing. And, that’s just what I got during a recent visit to the bar at The Consulate. But this was no ordinary daiquiri. This was a masterful riff on the classic using the rum-like Brazilian spirit cachaça, rainwater Madeira and collard green shrub made by Mr. Mike Jones, the restaurant’s gallant, and quite dapper, beverage director.

The travel-inspired themes of the food and beverage menus ...

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First Look: Miami’s Bulla Gastrobar brings tapas to Midtown

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bulla Paella with Valencia style rice, seafood, red sofrito, and saffron. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Bulla Gastrobar opened its first Atlanta location in late September in the 12th & Midtown mixed-use development in Midtown, serving dinner nightly and brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

Touting a “fun communal atmosphere, imaginative cocktail program and contemporary takes on traditional Spanish tapas,” the menu features signature small plates and larger entrees meant for sharing.

Bulla (pronounced “boo-ya”) is owned by Centurion Restaurant Group, which operates four Florida locations, in Coral Gables, Doral, Winter Park and Tampa.

Managing partner Tony Ramirez, a Miami native who ...

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8 Pumpkin Cocktails That Put Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Shame

Source: Washingtonian Food

Fall means it’s time for pumpkin everything. This year in particular, food-product manufacturers haven’t held back: pumpkin pie M&M’s, pumpkin spice Life Cereal, and even a bottled version of the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte—which got its start in DC—have all hit shelves in the past few weeks. Thankfully for drinkers, DC bartenders are proving there’s more […]

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10 Halloween parties that go beyond the bar crawls and costume contests

Halloween is around the corner, which means weekends full of bar crawls and costume contests. After awhile, though, both prospects sound as exciting as a party packed with people dressed as David S. Pumpkins. There’s far more seasonal fun out there: Here are 10 Halloween events that actually sound like something worth going to. Espookio […]

Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Whiskey Fest

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Philaelphia Magazine’s Whiskey Fest is coming up  — but this blowout isn’t just about delicious brown liquor. On October 26th, guests will have the chance to taste more than 300 varieties of fine spirits, including whiskey, bourbon, cordial, gin, scotch, tequila, rye, rum, and vodka, at this celebration of the hard stuff at Lincoln Financial Field.…

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Two new rooftop bars to check out while the weather’s nice

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

Everyone wants to meet for drinks on a rooftop deck in summer, but brutal heat and humidity can cause even the most ardent margarita fans to give up and seek air conditioning. Now that we’re into fall, the crisp weather encourages lingering outdoors. Here are two recent additions to the D.C. rooftop bar scene you should […]

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Inside the Aviary, Grant Achatz’s Hyperluxurious, Crazy-Ambitious New York City Expansion

Source: Grub Street NY

There is no other bar in the world quite like the Aviary in Chicago, where chef Grant Achatz and his Alinea cohorts serve drinks that resemble (very delicious) science experiments. They’ve attracted cocktail nerds to Chicago like moths to an experimental lamp, and it didn’t take long for …

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Mood Ring Is the New Bushwick Bar Inspired by Astrology and Hong Kong Cinema

Source: Grub Street NY

At Mood Ring, you won’t be able to get your sign read — but you can drink a cocktail based on your sign. When the Bushwick bar opens tomorrow, Libras will be able to order the Say No More, an elderflower liqueur-based drink (“They’re very emotionally intelligent and know …

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D.C. restaurants are selling tropical cocktails to raise money for hurricane relief

Source: Washington Post Going Out Guide

For Jill Tyler, the co-owner and service director of Tail Up Goat, the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma in the U.S. Virgin Islands was intensely personal and all too familiar. In the summer of 1989, Tyler’s family moved to St. Thomas, where her parents live. Not long afterward, Hurricane Hugo hit the islands. “Our roof peeled away […]

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First Look: Bar Mercado debuts Spanish tapas at Krog Street Market

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Bar Mercado crispy chicken legs with romesco and blanched almonds, and Churros with spiced sugar and hot chocolate. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Last week, Castellucci Hospitality Group — Cooks & Soldiers, Double Zero, Iberian Pig, Sugo — officially opened Bar Mercado.

The Spanish tapas restaurant took over the Krog Street Market space formerly occupied by the Cockentrice.

The makeover by Atlanta’s Square Feet Studio features bold colors and geometric patterns in keeping with the theme of a lively Spanish market. Seating stretches through the bright sunken dining room adjacent to the open kitchen to a cozy-cool bar area with a ...

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14 New Cocktails to Help You Accept That Summer Is Ending

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s always a good time to drink in New York, but it’s particularly good these days. Cocktail culture has spread so that all restaurants of a certain stripe offer interesting original drinks, while loosening its collar and relaxing a bit in recent years. With fall around the corner, many of …

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ITV Teams Up With D.C. Chef for a Cocktail-Centric Tasting Menu

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Nick Elmi’s ITV is all about inventive bites and high-class cocktails. So it makes sense that when Elmi and his crew paid a visit to Columbia Room in Washington this past summer, they were inspired by the D.C. restaurant’s practice of building a tasting menu around craft spirits. And on Monday, September 18th, Elmi and…

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Buy This: 3 things you need for your home bar

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Time to update your bar with a new mixer option, a syrup that takes the work out of cocktails and a delicious nibble to sustain you while mixing  those drinks.

Bruce Cost Ginger Ale

What’s a round of cocktails without a little tasty nibble? We are total snobs about cheese straws, preferring to make our own from a 1930s recipe we inherited from a lovely neighbor, tediously squeezing them out with her ancient screw-top cookie press. But we have to admit, Marilyn’s Gluten Free Gourmet Cheese Straws could make that a thing of the past. Marilyn Santulli makes her cheese ...

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These Philly Cocktails Are as Beautiful as They Are Boozy

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Trying to remember Philly before craft cocktails is like trying to remember life before cell phones. It’s nearly impossible. So now that every neighborhood beer-and-shot watering hole has French aperitifs, bartenders are upping the ante. Here, four new-to-market drinks that could double as works of art. Pineapple-Cinnamon Daiquiri at Walnut Street Café This University City…

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First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Angry Fried Chicken Sandwich with white bread and pickles. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Former Portofino executive chef Matt Marcus recently opened the first restaurant of his own, partnering with Andy Lasky to create Bluetop on Peachtree Road in Chamblee.

Serving both lunch and dinner seven days a week, the concept combines fast-casual service with a menu from Marcus that’s both quirky and comfy.

Consider the likes of a Maine lobster corn dog, a signature burger made with Snake River Farms beef and Red Dragon cheddar, and a kale salad tossed with milk blanched garlic, dried blueberries, toasted oats, and fermented hemp nut vinaigrette.

In addition to draft and canned beer, and a concise list of wines by the glass or bottle, there are adventurous drinks from beverage director Jonathan L. Joy, including “Meat Locker” cocktails stirred with duck and lamb washes.

While the name pays homage to the taxi stand that once occupied the space, the Bluetop build-out offers multiple places to drink and dine, including two bars, two dining rooms and a design that melds the indoors and outdoors with backyard picnic tables, bocce and cornhole, and sometimes live bands.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Back dining area, looking out into backyard and patio. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

In keeping with Chamblee’s history as a destination for antique and curio shops, Marcus and Lasky bought a 1969 45-foot Global Van Lines moving truck for $500 and retrofitted it to be the kitchen.

“We’re basically running a restaurant out of a food truck,” Marcus said during a recent interview, “but the concept is basically about utilizing the relationships that I’ve built with local purveyors and farmers in over 14 years-plus of being in Atlanta.

“I’m trying to deliver that to the guests at a way more reasonable price than I’m used to in fine dining. The way we found to do that was we took out the china, we took out the fine silver, and we took out the servers, essentially. That freed up a lot of overhead to where we can put that into the menu. Actually, my food cost is higher than it’s ever been.”

Marcus calls his cooking at Bluetop New American, though somewhere along the line that got translated as Americana. Either way, he’s using high-quality ingredients, often in unusual ways, including a Border Springs lamb sloppy Joe.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

(From left to right) The Bluetop team: Jonathan L. Joy, beverage director, executive chef/co-owner Matt Marcus, and Paul Sidener, chef de cuisine. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

“I’m taking things that came throughout my life,” Marcus said. “My grandmother used to make me a sloppy Joe with lamb necks, and it’s just happy comfort food for me. A double stack burger with a cheese I found 12 years ago in Mississippi. The Red Dragon cheese makes it for me. And so that’s my little taste of a Mississippi gas station burger.

“I remember the first time we ever figured out how to fry gnocchi. I said if I ever open a fast-casual place, I’m going to put them on the menu and call them tater tots, and give them to the people.”

Besides calling fried gnocchi tater tots, Marcus said the atmosphere was meant to reinforce the cool casualness of the food.

“We totally want it to be a hangout,” he said. “We don’t want any tension in the building. We want you to feel at home. It’s a place where on the weekend I’ve seen people hanging out in the backyard from like 2 in the afternoon until early evening, playing some bocce, and listening to the band.”

Another thing Marcus likes about the backyard, which is close to the kitchen, is that he has a place for his custom Kudu grill.

“I love the Kudu,” he said. “We sat down with the engineer and we designed the one for Bluetop. I’ve got to tell you, it’s everything I ever dreamed it could be. My favorite thing I’ve done on it was an Ossabaw pig head that I let sit for about eight hours on the highest elevation with a pound of chervil underneath.”

While certain items will remain for the long run, Marcus said he’ll be tweaking the menu fairly often.

“The menu will constantly organically grow, and we’re going to really try to pay attention to the neighborhood and what they want. Seeing 80 to 90 ceviches sold a day lets me know that I should probably put a crudo on and maybe expand the oyster program.

“But as far as a demographic, we don’t have one. I don’t know how that’s possible. I’ve seen everything from strollers to wheelchairs in here. And I’m happy with that. I think we’ve created a place for everybody.”

5362 Peachtree Road, Chamblee. 678-620-3490, bluetopchamblee.com.

More images from a First Look at Bluetop

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Ceviche with native seafood, Georgia shrimp and yuzu, lemon, and capers. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Blue Top Buffalo Octopus small bite. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

The Kale salad with baby kale, milk blanched garlic, dried blueberries, toasted oats, and fermented hemp nut vinaigrette. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Chilled Peach Soup. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

Bluetop Burger with Snake River Farms beef, onion jam, red dragon cheddar, butter lettuce, Dukes, and a pickle with fries. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

First Look: Find a fresh taste on fast-casual at Bluetop in Chamblee

0 Ducks Given cocktail with apple brandy, averna, duck washed curacao, bitters blend, orange oils, and salt (left) and Whisky cocktail with bourbon, lemongrass, pomegranate, brown sugar, lime, champagne vinegar, mint, and angostura bitters (right). Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

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Trend watch: what’s next for Atlanta’s cocktail scene

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Rum continues to rise in popularity with classics like the Hemingway Daiquiri. Photo: Veronica Rodriguez

Last month marked the 15th anniversary of Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. The yearly, week-long booze conference is attended by 15,000 bartenders, beverage professionals and journalists from around the world. Each July, the booze industry descends upon the Crescent City to partake in over 300 educational seminars, tasting events and parties. The AJC Bar Scene hit Tales again this year in search of the next big cocktail and spirits trends Atlanta may find at its bars over the coming months.

Low-ABV cocktails
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Best of Philly: Suburban Cocktail Spots

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Autograph Brasserie/Facebook

Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands. Check out the best in suburban cocktails as well as the rest of the Best in food, drink, shopping, beauty, health, fitness, fun and games.

Q: Where are the best cocktails in the ’burbs?
— Thirsty Sailor in Media

A: Look, we get it. When you’re in the city, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a mustachioed gent in a vest shaking up some interesting blend of kumquat juice, artisanal beet liquor and heirloom ice.

But in the ’burbs, finding a solid cocktail can ...

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First Look: Same old brand new Big Tex open again in Decatur

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Chicken Flautas with shredded chicken, cotija cheese, onion and poblano in a corn tortilla, topped with lettuce, pico and cilantro with sour cream and queso. Photo credit- Mia Yakel.

Big Tex in Decatur has an interesting history.

Back when the Texas-inspired comfort food restaurant and bar opened in the summer of 2011, it was another outlet for the vision of brothers Jonathan and Justin Fox of the widely popular Fox Bros. Bar-B-Q.

But things didn’t go quite as planned, and in late 2014, Big Tex closed, though the kitchen continued to operate for a time as a commissary for the ...

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New York’s Best Cocktail Bar Is Also Its Least Intimidating

Source: Grub Street NY

It’s not hard to find a drink in New York City, but it can be hard to find a bar that’s fun to spend time in. For the absolute best cocktails New York picked a place with a relaxed vibe, a huge menu, and helpful bartenders who are happy to …

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