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Area Mixology Maidens Share Their Secrets

spring cocktails!

Springtime, fun time. Some of the city’s finest female mixologists reveal what they’re shaking up (on and off the clock).

Who: Kati Rundell, Drinkshop at W Atlanta – Downtown
What: Southern Girl’s Lemonade
Why: Perfect for preparty cocktails or lounging by the pool.
How: Combine 1½ oz. gin, ¾ oz. Grand Marnier, ¾ oz. fresh lemon juice, ¾ oz. honey, 4 muddled cucumber slices, and 4-6 muddled mint leaves in a shaker. Shake and loosely strain over crushed ice. Top with soda and garnish with a mint leaf and cucumber slice.

Who: Melissa Hayes, Holeman & Finch Public House
What: The Whichside
Why: A Day-Glo sip to match your bikini.
How: Mix 1½ oz. Old Tom Gin, ¼ oz. Strega, ¼ oz. agave syrup, 1 barspoon Luxardo maraschino liqueur, and a heavy handful of mint in a shaker tin. Shake hard. Using a fine mesh strainer, double-strain liquid into a chilled cocktail glass.

Who: Lara Creasy, JCT Kitchen & Bar
What: Leaves of Grass
Why: Forgo the trek and bring the beach vibe home.
How: Muddle 3-4 tarragon leaves in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, 2 oz. vodka (preferably Bison Grass), ½ oz. vermouth, ½ oz. lemon grass simple syrup*, and a dash of lemon juice. Shake and strain into a martini glass. Serve with a single tarragon leaf. *To make the lemon grass syrup, chop up a stalk of lemon grass and bring to a boil with 1 c. water and 1 c. sugar. Once cool, strain and reserve syrup for cocktail use.

Who: Alli Royce Soble, La Tavola Trattoria
What: Glenda’s Nightcap
Why: Just a hint of sweetness makes it go down easy.
How: Pour 1½ oz. Strega over ice in a rocks glass. Add 2-3 drops bitters and juice from 2 lemon wedges. Fill the glass with soda and a splash of ginger ale. Shake gently.

Photo: Angela Rutherford / Flickr

La Tavola Trattoria
992 Virginia Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30306
W Atlanta - Downtown
45 Ivan Allen Jr Blvd NW
Atlanta, GA 30308
2277 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30309
1198 Howell Mill Rd NW
ste 18
Atlanta, GA 30318