Wacky Daiquiris of the Gulf

Discover the origins of the Gulf's most iconic frozen cocktail, the Bushwacker, along with other bold takes on this old favorite.

Ole Smoky Distillery

Johnny Baker’s hillbilly accent is as authentic as the moonshine his family has been making for generations, and he uses it to marked effect as he entertains tourists at their Gatlinburg distillery. “We are making coooorn liquor—moonshine,” Baker says, stretching out the vowel to emphasize the appeal of a distillate with a shady, complicated past.

Asheville Distilling Co.

A determined mother moves to Asheville for her kids and births a new career as the distiller of Troy & Sons Platinum Whiskey.

4th & Swift

Jay Swift’s New American pacesetter in the Old Fourth Ward has become an incubator for talented, up-and-coming bartenders: The restaurant’s former mixologist James Ives went on to cocktail stardom in New Orleans.

The Sound Table

“Strong, Rich & Strange” may describe Don Draper, but it’s also the best name ever for a drink list category.


Twenty-four-year-old David Durnell wins our vote as the city’s rising-star bartender.

Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits

Look beyond the warehouse atmosphere and you’ll find staffers who give helpful service and shelves that can contain some pleasant surprises—including, say, the Antica Formula Carpano vermouth that bartenders love and that’s sold out at every other store.

Bourbon Bar

Hotel bars can be timeless places to bask in luxury. Our current favorite is the reinvention of the XO Bar in the InterContinental Buckhead, which switched from specializing in cognacs to reveling in more than seventy bourbons.

Cakes & Ale

Like his menus that flow with the seasons, chef-owner Billy Allin’s beverage program also evolves constantly.

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