Three Cocktails That Should Be On The “Must Drink” List

This week on Atlanta Eats radio was all about spirits, beer, and wine.  Remember that you can get 50% off a bottle of wine through different restaurants in the city.  Pricci’s on Thursdays, Food 101 (www.food101atlanta.com) on Sundays, and Barcelona (www.barcelonawinebar.com) just about any day of the week. You can get $1 beer at the Park Tavern during the ‘it rains, we pour’ special, or try Lucky’s Brew or the Steamhouse Lounge for cheap beer nights.  Since we all enjoy a spirited conversation, here are three cocktails you must try at a bar or make it at home sometime soon!

I’d have to be crazy not to mention my college roommate and former bartender of the year H. Joseph Erhmann who owns Elixir S.F. in the mission district in San Francisco. He started in the beginning of this mixology craze and has authored many original cocktails, but you need to try to the Country Thyme Cocktail.

Contributed by H. Joseph Ehrmann

Atlanta Eats | Drink


  • 1 sprig Thyme
  • 10 to 15 Organic blueberries
  • Half an organic lemon, roughly chopped
  • 1.5 oz Square One Organic Vodka
  • .25 oz Organic agave nectar
  • Garnish:Thyme sprig
  • Glass:Highball or Old Fashioned


Place the thyme sprig in the palm of your hand and slap it to release its oils. Twist it and place in the bottom of a 10-ounce highball or Old Fashioned glass. Fill with ice and set aside. In a shaker, muddle the blueberries and lemon. (If blueberries are out of season, use 2 teaspoons of high-quality blueberry preserves instead. You’ll have to adjust the amount of agave nectar depending on the sweetness of the preserves.) Add the vodka and agave nectar, and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 10 to 20 seconds and strain into the prepared glass. Take a nice large, pretty sprig of thyme and slap it before using to garnish the  

Holeman and Finch has a really good cocktail list, and I’d recommend getting the Bryter Layer which is really tasty. (www.holeman-finch.com) You might also like the Spikey #1.

Bryter Layer

  • 1.5 oz of Pimm’s No. 1
  • .5 oz of combier peche de vigne
  • .5 oz of lime
  • 1 b. abano
  • 5 d. boston bittahs (love that!)
  • Shake, strain, down, top w. westbrook white thai
  • Crackled black pepper

If you have tasted this one yet, try a refreshing libation at Empire State South where the mixologists really rock it out. (www.empirestatesouth.com).  Here is my recommend cocktail from their menu.

Puerta del Sol

  • Tapatio Reposado
  • Tequila
  • Bitter Truth
  • Apricot Liquer
  • Yellow Chartreuse
  • Citrus
  • Suze

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Ted Jenkin, CFP® is co-CEO of oXYGen Financial and is a top ranked personal finance blogger (www.yoursmartmoneymoves.com).  He is a regular contributor to Investment News, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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