7 Must-Try Summer Cocktails in Atlanta

It's summer. Cool off with a crafted cocktail, right here in Atlanta.
  • Try the Violets Turning Violet at Republic Social House in Grant Park.
    Try the Violets Turning Violet at Republic Social House in Grant Park.
  • City Winery at Ponce City Market has music, outstanding food and a drink list that includes the Mama Mia.
    City Winery at Ponce City Market has music, outstanding food and a drink list that includes the Mama Mia.
  • Doesn't this just look good enough to wear? It is the Patron Reposado at 5Church Atlanta.
    Doesn't this just look good enough to wear? It is the Patron Reposado at 5Church Atlanta.
  • Enjoy the caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, at Chama Gaucha in Buckhead.
    Enjoy the caipirinha, Brazil's national drink, at Chama Gaucha in Buckhead.
  • Recess offers healthy foods – and the drinks are good for you. Try the turmeric spritz.
    Recess offers healthy foods – and the drinks are good for you. Try the turmeric spritz.

Anyone who has seen any television show or movie set in the South knows that you’ll likely see people sitting on the porch, talking and drinking sweet tea. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (and we do love some sweet tea), but sometimes you just want a crafted cocktail – a cool, pretty, refreshing alcoholic drink. We hear you. Here are seven of our favorite summer cocktails.

  1. Chama Gaucha has all the ingredients for enjoying a libation or two. Located in Buckhead, this Brazilian steak house has a large outdoor patio, an even larger indoor bar (Do we feel air conditioning?), fabulous appetizer specials, an enviable salad bar and 12 cuts of meat presented at your table plus amazing, creative and satisfying cocktails. Our favorite is the caipirinha, which is the national cocktail of Brazil, featuring fresh lime, sugar and cachaça. It comes in traditional, strawberry, passion fruit, pineapple and tropical flavors. And, BTW, we dined at Chama Gaucha recently and ordered a gin martini that would make James Bond smile.

  2. The Republic Social House has been one of the go-to restaurants in Grant Park for the past six years -- for good reason. It hosts a rotating cast of the city’s top DJs, a delicious brunch, specials on wings and fantastic cocktails (the wine and beer is topnotch, too). The names are as inventive as the drinks. There’s the John Daly plus the Dark & Stormy, Trash Can and Horse Neck. For the summer, we’d go for the Violets Turning Violet, a refreshing beverage with Stoli blueberry, blueberry pie cordial, lime, Regatta Ginger Beer and fresh blueberries. It’s even better sipping it on the rooftop patio.

  3. Recess, located at Krog Street Market, is a vegetable-centric, fine-casual restaurant that makes you feel good as soon as you sit down. Chef Victoria Shore’s menu features dishes and beverages that are delicious and healthy. So, go on, order a Frozé, a frozen rosé  (Yes!) or a turmeric spritz with turmeric tonic and champagne. Remember, it’s good for you!

  4. Want to be cool as a cucumber? Then go over to STK Atlanta, located on Peachtree Street in Midtown, and order the Cucumber Stiletto that features Ketel One Citroen, St. Germain and a muddled cucumber. It’s almost too pretty to drink, but we managed. 

  5. 5Church Atlanta has a second-story patio that overlooks the bustle of Midtown. Located at Colony Square, enjoy 5Church’s great Southern dishes and order from its expansive cocktail menu, including our favorite for the summer, the  Patron Reposado with St. Germain, raspberries and lime juice.

  6. Mission + Market’s Strawberry Fields will make you sing a happy tune. Made with house-infused lemon vodka, strawberries and kombucha, it will surely refresh and please. Located in Buckhead, Mission + Market offers inventive West Coast-inspired American fare in a casual and airy atmosphere.

  7. City Winery’s Mama Mia is made with vermouth, aperitif, lemon, orange, lime juice, aromatic bitters, simple syrup and rosemary. Located at Ponce City Market, City Winery has it all -- entertainment, delicious food and beverages. 

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for national and local publications.

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