YOU SAY TOMATO, I SAY COCKTAIL

The tasty fruit shouldn’t just be reserved for Bloody Marys

The annual Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival celebrates the fact that tomatoes are equally as good in a glass as they are on plate.

STORY: Angela Hansberger
PHOTO: Erik Meadows, Brett Ferencz

The summertime thrill of slicing a vine-ripe tomato is a catalyst for poetry. They arrive in abundance and burst with color and lush flavor. […]

GOLDEN HOUR

Day drink with a refreshing spritz

While brunching at Dantanna’s, diners can trade the traditional Bloody Mary for an effervescent, aromatic spritz. Mia Yakel

STORY: Angela Hansberger

Summer’s sizzling afternoons call for a sipper that follows the rules for cocktailing under the sun: easy, fizzy, refreshing and low in alcohol. Enter the spritz. Originating in the northeast of Italy, it’s a drink splashed together with a […]

PEACHY POTIONS

Sip and savor Georgia’s official state fruit

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STORY: Angela Hansberger
Photos: Brett Ferencz

It’s peach season. Our state’s namesake fruit begins ripening mid-May, and soon local markets will be flush with juicy, fragrant peaches. The U.S. has more than 300 varieties—four dozen from Georgia alone. Tasty and packed with vitamins, fiber and potassium, peaches can be seen everywhere, from menus to license plates. Here are six […]

IT’S EASY BEING GREEN

IT’S ST. PATRICK’S DAY ALL YEAR LONG AT THESE LOCAL PUBS

MEEHAN’S PUBLIC HOUSE

STORY: Angela Hansberger

Come March 17, we have a valid justification for wearing green and drinking beer. But you don’t have to wait till St. Patrick’s Day to celebrate Irish culture. Both authentic and unique, Atlanta’s Irish taverns preserve a time and way of life full of laughter, comfort food and seriously […]

ALCOHOL NOT INCLUDED

COCKTAILS REINVENTED WITH ZERO ALCOHOL

MEDICINE MAN

STORY: Angela Hansberger

APPLE-OPAL BASIL

It’s the new year, when everyone’s calendars fill with the marks of lofty resolutions and goals of self-improvement. Let’s face it: The holidays can make us feel a bit pickled. Along with working out, meditating and organizing, many of us opt to start the […]

OH, SHERRY

LEARN THE NUANCES OF THE WINE WORLD’S UNDERDOG

photo: Brett Ferencz

STORY: Angela Hansberger

While it’s the darling of sommeliers and cocktail makers, sherry is a hard sell for the average tippler. An aficionado knows of its transportive qualities that conjure halcyon days near the Mediterranean seaside, but the average drinker is often dissuaded by images of sweet stuff being dusted off for the holidays or […]

WINE GLASS 101

WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR VINO DRINKING VESSEL, SHAPE MATTERS

STORY: Angela Hansberger

Why are there so many types of stemware on store shelves? Because the enjoyment of wine actually begins with the right glass. The proper vessel allows the drinker to explore the intricacies of the tastes and scents, while the wrong one can flatten a vintage.

“Part of my job as the chief sommelier at Restaurant Eugene […]

SMOKE ’EM IF YOU GOT ’EM

THE ART OF PAIRING CIGARS WITH SUITABLE LIBATIONS

STORY: Angela Hansberger
PHOTO: Brett Ferencz

Peanut butter and jelly, avocado and toast—they just go together. Similarly, a fine cigar has a harmonious relationship with spirits. Think of classical pairings, such as a stogie with a glass of scotch or cognac. But today, the art of creating such a melodious experience has also moved into beer and wine.

Pairing beverages with cigars […]

THINK INSIDE THE BOX

A BOXED WINE TASTING WITH AN ATLANTA SOMMELIER

During our taste test, St. Cecilia Sommelier Clarke Anderson sniffed, swirled and sipped a handful of boxed wines.

STORY & PHOTOS: Angela Hansberger

Believe it or not, the much maligned box of wine has grown into a thing. Once scoffed at as low-quality or a cheap buzz, cartons of vino […]

A SUMMER DAY SURPRISE

PRESENTING FIVE WARM WEATHER SCOTCH COCKTAILS

Scotch, served in refreshing cocktails such as Hobnob Neighborhood Tavern’s Christmas in Ireland

STORY: Angela Hansberger

W e tend to gravitate to different spirits when the seasons change. Scotch isn’t the libation that springs to mind when the temperature rises, but there’s no reason why it shouldn’t; it doesn’t have to only be a wintertime ambassador. It’s warmth and occasional […]