Cheers and Beers: Limited Time Holiday Drinks in Atlanta

Toast the holidays with special drinks available at select bars, restaurants and breweries around town.
  • Festive cocktails and decor await at a holiday pop up bar.
    Festive cocktails and decor await at a holiday pop up bar.
  • Try the seasonal holiday brew, Scout, from Reformation Brewing.
    Try the seasonal holiday brew, Scout, from Reformation Brewing.
  • Catch one of the holiday cocktails at Nikolai's Roof while they are available.
    Catch one of the holiday cocktails at Nikolai's Roof while they are available.

It's the season for merry making, so what are you waiting for? It's time for Christmas cheer with these holiday drinks in Atlanta.

  • Bar Margot's "Orna-mint" cocktail
    You can grab this cocktail from Dec.15 through 30. Or make it at home. Here's the recipe.  Ingredients: 1 oz. gin; 1 oz. creme de menthe; 1 oz. cream. Add shaved nutmeg.

  • Mandarin Oriental holiday cocktails
    From Dec. 19 through 23, visit this Buckhead hotel's winter village in the garden from 5 to 10 p.m., where a chalet will serve festive snacks and bites, champagne and mulled wine or hot chocolate in Mandarin Oriental collector’s mugs. The garden will be adorned with decorations, seating, blankets and fire pits where guests can roast s’mores. Entrance is complimentary, and food and beverage will be priced à la carte. Holiday movies (including" Home Alone" and "It's A Wonderful Life") or live entertainment will be offered daily.

  • Miracle on Monroe
    Miracle is back for a second season in Atlanta through Christmas Eve. The cocktail menu at Miracle includes a spiced Muletide (aquavit, sherry, ginger syrup, lime juice and pumpkin pie soda) and the intensely flavored Santa-quila (reposado tequila, cacao nibs, sherry, maple syrup and black walnut). More traditional drinks include the classic eggnog. Naughty and Nice shots will also be available – cinnamon bourbon and gingerbread-spiced rye, respectively.

  • Nikolai’s Roof.
    On the 30th floor of the Hilton Atlanta, Nikolai's Roof has three holiday cocktails including the Holiday Cheer, Mistletoe Kiss and Holiday Warmer.

  • Ray's on the River.
    Try the LOUIS XIII Cognac perfect pour. LOUIS XIII has long been synonymous with refinement, French taste and sophistication, served at prestigious hotels. Treat yourself to the luxury of sipping a world-renowned legacy, available in 0.5 ounce ($90), 1 ounce ($180) and 1.5 ounce ($270) pours.

  • Yebo Ski Haus festive drinks
    As the only fully transformed pop-up restaurant experience in Atlanta, Yebo Ski Haus will feature an updated menu and atmosphere to resemble a ski lodge. The restaurant will provide the ultimate winter pop-up experience in the heart of Buckhead. The pop-up restaurant fuses South African flavors with American cuisine, offering a spin on classic comfort dishes and seasonally themed drinks during the winter season (now through February).

Holiday Beers

  • Arches Brewing. In collaboration with Atlanta-based American Spirit Whiskey, Arches introduces Four Fiddlers to its limited release lineup. The Belgian Quadruple has aged for 12 months and then finished for eight weeks in ASW Fiddler bourbon barrels, creating dark fruit flavors with a subtle bourbon aroma and a smooth finish. Another winter brew on tap at the brewery and in restaurants and bars across Atlanta is the Winter’s Night, a Munich Dunkel with a striking dark color and strong malt flavor.

  • Reformation Brewery. The newest limited-release stout, Scout, is perfect for the holiday season. The beer is brewed with a blend of herbs and spices including fresh ginger, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, creating a gingerbread flavor balanced with warming spice. Scout pairs perfectly with holiday sweets. This beer is available in 12-ounce cans and at Reformation’s Keeping Room while supplies last.

  • Steady Hand Beer Co. Set to open in West Midtown in 2018, this brewery offers two farmhouse ales. The new winter farmhouse ale blends Meyer lemons and spruce tips, lending to notes of pine. A seasonal farmhouse ale, brewed with roasted sweet potatoes in an open oak barrel fermentation, offers flavors of toasty malt and spice. Imbibers can find the beers on tap around the city.

Malika Bowling is the author of Culinary Atlanta: Guide to the Best Restaurants, Markets, Breweries and More!, and founder of Roamilicious. Malika also has served as a judge at various culinary competitions and food festivals, including Taste of Atlanta. Her podcast, Just a Byte, can be downloaded from iTunes. Follow her on Twitter @MalikaBowling and Instagram 

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