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Drink Crush:

November 6, 2012

Smashing Pumpkins: Bewitching Beverages for Fall in the ATL

Get smashed with these pumpkin and other fall-flavored drinks! Our guide to the best seasonal sips

By Nancy Staab

Break out the pumpkin, ginger, nutmeg, apples, cognac, craft brews, toasted hay (?!) and other autumnal ingredients. This season it’s all about warming drinks with rich fall flavors. Here’s a survey of some of our local favorites.

The bar at Serpas True Food. The bar at Serpas True Food.

Fall into My Mouth (Tap)

Spiced Maker’s Mark, apple and ginger liquer, club soda


Bewitched (No. 246)

Pumpkin beer, house-made vanilla vodka. Strega, maple syrup, Fee Brother’s old-fashioned bitters


Meyer’s Trilby (4th and Swift)

Woodford Reserve, toasted almond honey, grapefruit, smoked peach bitters, served on the rocks


Harvest Pear (The Ritz-Carlton Buckhead)

Grey Goose Poire, fresh lemon juice, symple syrup, fresh mint, agostura orange bitters, Fonseca Bin 27 Port, candied violet garnish


Georgia Trembler (The Lawrence)

Peach cognac, absinthe, lemon, sugar, egg white


Tilt-A-Whirl (Leon’s Full Service)

Berkshire Mountain Ragged Rum, salted caramel, lime, Salers Apertif, apple bitters, toasted hay


Black Eyed P (JCT. Kitchen)

Gosling’s Black Rum, molasses, Smuttynose Porter, Nux Alpina Walnut Liquer


Headless Horseman (Miller Union)

Applejack, pumpkin, ginger beer


A drink from Southern Art + Bourbon Bar A drink from Southern Art + Bourbon Bar


Hard Starboard (The Pinewood)

Adet De Luxe cognac, Ferreira tawny port, bourbon vanilla, fresh nutmeg, St. Elizabeth allspice dram, Strega, yolk


Hot Spiced Pumpkin (Southern Art and Bourbon Bar)

Double rye, maple syrup, pumpkin puree, spices, lemon


Witches Brew (W Atlanta Downtown)

Robust spiced rum with a mix of Cabernet, clove, caramel spice and orange liquer, topped with a splash of sparkling wine.


Padre Thyme (The Pinewood)

Laird’s bonded apple brandy, apple cider El Jimador Reposado, honey, thyme tincture and fresh lemon


Pumpkin Spice (The Four Seasons)

Bulleit Bourbon, Applejack apple brandy, housemade orange liquer, pumpkin spice syrup


Pumpkin Pie liquid N2 Milkshake (Flip Burger)

Pumpkin pie, graham crackers, caramel


Good Ol’ Boy (Tap)

Vanilla bean, black tea and orange infused George Dickel whiskey, maple molasses bacon syrup, Luxardo, stirred over ice and served with a Slim Jim


Sandeman’s Fall Cocktail (Serpas True Food)

Founders Reserve port, lavender syrup, brandy, fall spices



Pressed for Thyme (JCT. Kitchen)

Georgia apple cider, Beefeater gin, juniper berries, thyme, brown sugar


Autumn Spice (Miller Union)

House spice rum, cynar, ginger tea, sorghum


The Unvanquished (The Sound Table)

Bourbon, maple syrup, Zirbenz pine liquer, cardamom, lime, orange bitters


John Chapman (4th and Swift)

Laird’s bonded apple brandy, sage-infused Pinot Blanc reduction, lemon, brown-butter tincture, served straight up