DRINKING LESSONS, LEARNED

Make 2017 the year you become a beverage expert.

It’s a new year, which means new opportunities for enhancing your bartending skills, becoming a homebrewer or learning to talk intelligently about wine and beer. As you polish off this year’s self-improvement plan, take note of the myriad options for increasing your beverage knowledge— all within the Buckhead area!

Learn How to Taste

Of course you know how to drink […]

ENTHUSED? INFUSE!

Ranging from herbs and fruits to vegetables and spices, infused liquors are all the rage.

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Infusing liquors with new, flavorful ingredients has become a popular way to incorporate depth and personality into both classic and contemporary cocktails.

“The benefit of creating an infusion [over using an ingredient in a simple syrup or muddling it] is that it’s consistent,” says Ben Yabrow, beverage director at Himitsu in Buckhead […]

SHERRY AMOUR

The KYK Cocktail at Gypsy Kitchen, made with bourbon, Lustau East India Solera Sherry, quince and lemon.

The KYK Cocktail at Gypsy Kitchen, made with bourbon, Lustau East India Solera Sherry, quince and lemon.

The elegant aperitif is experiencing a hip rebrand as the must-have cocktail ingredient

Unless you’re a character from “Downton Abbey,” a glass of sherry after dinner may not sound particularly modern. […]

PUNCH DRUNK

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THE AGE-OLD, SHAREABLE BEVERAGE IS HAVING A NEW MOMENT

In terms of party drinks, punch stands on its own as the quintessential shareable beverage. Finding a role in your grandmother’s heyday and at your own college frat parties, punch had—and still has—a definitive place as a social beverage.

According to David Wondrich’s book Punch: The Delights and Dangers of the […]

A VISION IN WHITE

FLORAL VIOGNIER JUST MIGHT BE THE GRAPE YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS SUMMER.

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier is recommended by Manjula deSilva at Sherlock’s Wine Merchant

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier is recommended by Manjula deSilva at Sherlock’s Wine Merchant

True, it’s a heavier white than your typical summery riesling or pinot grigio, yet its incredible nose and lush body earn […]

BARREL NO. 8

Southern Art and Bourbon Bar unveil its fourth private Four Roses barrel this month.

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This past February, I joined Michael Magnole, manager of Southern Art and Bourbon Bar in the InterContinental Buckhead, and Maxime de la Grange Sury, the hotel’s director of food and beverage, on a visit to the Four Roses Bourbon distillery in Kentucky. The swanky restaurant and bar in the hotel […]

BOURBON BOUND

Rick Tapia has been preparing for his bourbon brand his entire life…

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If you look at Rick Tapia’s background, all roads seemingly lead him to where he is right now: the owner of newly minted, small-batch bourbon brand, J.R. Revelry, sold at liquor stores, such as Tower Beer, Wine and Spirits and Savi Provisions in Buckhead.

Tapia started his career in the alcohol business 19 years […]

PUCKER UP!

Add a fresh new flavor to your spring beer lineup with sour beers.

Creature Comforts offers a rotation of fruited berliner-weisse beers, like this Tart Cherry Athena Paradiso.

Creature Comforts offers a rotation of fruited berliner-weisse beers, like this Tart Cherry Athena Paradiso.

You may have noticed sour beers sliding onto the beverage lists of your favorite Buckhead restaurants and bars such as Le Bilboquet and […]

FEELING BITTER?

Bring balance to your beverage with this flavorful ingredient.

Today’s bitters market offers a variety of quality brands, including Bitter Truth.

Today’s bitters market offers a variety of quality brands, including Bitter Truth.

In today’s craft-crazed cocktail environment, seeing a bartender mix drinks from an arsenal of apothecary bottles is de rigueur. The modern cocktail slinger stocks her workspace with loads of house […]

BIG LOVE

’Tis the season for sipping stouts in Buckhead.

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The abysmally dark, creamy ales we know as stouts are always within reach this time of year. It’s not just the coziness you’d expect from a frothy pint of Guinness, but the comfort foods these malty sips pair so well with that earn them designation as a go-to cold weather beer.

The origin of Stouts can be traced back […]